Player Profile #83 – OT Marcus Gilbert

When it comes to protection, Marcus Gilbert learned plenty in the last two years as the man who protected the back side of his quarterback. He was the right tackle in 2009 for left-handed QB Tim Tebow. Last season, he was the left tackle protecting Florida’s starting QB John Brantley.

But then, Gilbert knew a thing or two about protection before he even got to Gainesville. He’s the son of a Secret Service agent. Jeffrey Gilbert worked on the Presidential protection detail for Clinton and Bush, and worked during the 2008 presidential campaign on the protection group for candidate Obama.

As he heads into the NFL, there are questions about whether Gilbert is a left or right tackle.

Here’s his story.

Marcus Gilbert

Born – February 15, 1988 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Family – Parents are Jeffery T. and Katrina Gilbert. Dad is a Secret Service agent who served on the protection detail for the last three Presidents (Clinton, Bush and Obama). Jeffrey T. Gilbert is now the special agent in charge of the Secret Service office in Atlanta. Marcus has two sisters, Jasmine and Jennifer. He grew up in Coral Springs, Florida.


  • Height – 6-feet, 6 inches.
  • Weight – 330 pounds.
  • Arm – 33½ inches.
  • Hand – 9¾ inches.
  • 40-yard dash – 5.41 seconds (5.53 seconds at Pro Day).
  • 20-yard dash – 3.02 seconds (3.06).
  • 10-yard dash – 1.83 seconds (1.85).
  • Bench press – 30 repetitions at 225 pounds.
  • Vertical jump – 30 ½ inches.
  • Broad jump – 8-feet, 2 inches.


Gilbert was part of the 2006 graduating class at St. Thomas Aquinas High School, a private, co-ed school in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He was a two-way lineman and three-year starter for the Raiders, who have had one of the strongest high school football programs in the country over the last decade. Gilbert started out on the defensive line, moving over the offense as well for his last two seasons.

In his three varsity seasons at STA, the team went 34-6 and advanced to the state 5A title game in his junior and senior seasons. Both years the Raiders fell to Lakeland H.S. in the final.

He also played basketball and competed with the track & field team in the shot put and discus.


His college choice was Florida, giving his commitment in February 2006. He also received offers from Auburn, Florida State, LSU and Miami.


Gilbert graduated in December ’10 with a bachelor’s degree in family, youth and community sciences.

After an abbreviated and eventually redshirt season as a freshman, Gilbert played in four seasons with the Gators. He was a two-year starter at tackle, on both the left and right sides, plus he got starts and playing time at both left and right guard.

2010 – Gilbert started all 13 games in his senior season, working at both left and right tackle. The season’s first two games started at left tackle because of an injury. He moved back to RT for a game but when the starting LT struggled, he moved into that role again after one game and stayed there for the rest of the season.

2009 – He started all 14 games at right tackle for the Gators, including the Sugar Bowl.

2008 – Appeared in 13 games, missing just one game, sitting out the Arkansas game with a sprained ankle. He appeared in both the SEC and BCS Championship games and started in two games at left guard.

2007 – In his first on-field season, Gilbert played in all 13 games and made one start when he opened at right guard against Florida Atlantic. But his career reached a crossroads with the Florida coaching staff. “He was a guy that had one foot in, one foot out for about two years,” said head coach Urban Meyer. “We were getting ready to throw his butt out because he didn’t buy into the academics, the workload or the expectations.”

2006 – Appeared in games against Central Florida and Southern Mississippi before suffering an elbow injury and undergoing surgery. He was granted a redshirt season.


Strengths – He’s a huge man and it’s surprising someone that big can move as well as Gilbert does. Shows very good initial quickness; he gets off the snap and can move to the second level quickly, really a unique burst for someone his size. Good in pass protection, including picking up blitzing linebackers. Generally sets a strong base and can lock down his end if he gets his hands on the rusher.

Weaknesses – Lack physical and mental strength, and tends to play high, relying more on his bulk and power above his mid-section than below. He has shown the ability to bend his knees, but too often relies only on bending from the waist. He’s a leaner, engaging with a defensive player and then leaning his body on the man in attempt to control him. Gilbert does not finish enough plays and has shown questionable conditioning at times. Intelligent, but immature and struggles to show leadership ability.

Analysis – There are many qualities that Gilbert has going for him with his size, athletic ability, versatility and family background. But sometimes all that is overshadowed by his deficiencies and his lack of focus. He’s probably best suited to play right tackle, but he’ll have to work a lot harder to be able to handle that position as a full-time starter.

                                                                               WHAT THE SCOUTS SAY

From an AFC scout – “This guy is soft, and I’m not talking about his body. You don’t see much fire out of this guy when he’s on the field. He’s got a lot of athletic ability and he’s intelligent, so that has me questioning how important football is to him.”


“Coming from the SEC and playing at Florida, we played against the best. We had the best spread all around on the defensive line and high draft picks we faced week in and week out in the SEC so I think that helped a lot playing against those guys. It was good experience.”

“Yes, I can play any of the four positions other than center. I can do it all. I see myself as very versatile. If they put me in a position, I’m going to be ready to play.”


They will like his versatility and intelligence, but those appear to have been outweighed so far in his career by a lack of fire and discipline. Pioli/Haley are not interested in any player that does not think football is important and there have been questions about his willingness to commit to getting better and doing the necessary work. Whether that’s just a late maturation process or not, Gilbert is a boom or bust pick.

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