Addition of Gilbert adds intrigue to Steelers' O-line

Posted May 16, 2011 @ 12:52 p.m.
Posted By Mike Wilkening

The Steelers' addition of OT-OG Marcus Gilbert in Round Two of the NFL draft was a clear signal Pittsburgh envisions him having a key role on their offensive line, but where — and when — will he play regularly? Those issues remain to be sorted out, from all appearances. Though Gilbert played left tackle at Florida, the Steelers think he can play inside. "He has pulling skills, and we can envision him at the guard spot as well," Steelers OL coach Sean Kugler said during the draft, according to the team. "Right now, I couldn't tell you where he is going to line up. We are trying to get the best five and the best two game-day guys behind it. He'll be in the right spot when it comes time to go." The Steelers seem likely to go with Max Starks at left tackle. At right tackle, Flozell Adams and Willie Colon (an unrestricted or restricted free agent, given whatever rules govern free agency when the NFL re-opens for business) are the top veteran options. At guard, Chris Kemoeatu (left) and Ramon Foster (right) are the incumbents. If nothing else, the Steelers have plenty of options at tackle and guard, but how the depth chart will be filled out bears watching.