Defensive End #8
- carries great upper body strength to bully his way through the line with inside moves to gain advantage in the run game.
- tech flexible lining up as a 5-tech and 7-tech end with some experience at defensive tackle as well.
- not known as a coveted pass rusher not showing great burst off the snap.
- usually offensive linemen engage first as he needs to display more extension not having great flexibility to bend off the edge.
- displays heavy feet not having great change of direction ability to maintain outside leverage.
- doesn’t show a big tool kit of pass rushing moves and relies primarily on bull rushing ability to gain any edge advantage.
- has some room to add bulk in his frame, possibly becoming a 3-4 end product but looks more comfortably as a 4-3 run stopper.
- played in 57 games in career; started 47.
- NFLPA game participant.
A seasoned starter for the Wildcats, Gilbert has been a consistent and important piece to Arizona’s defensive success over the past few seasons. Gilbert shows great strength to power through his opponents with long arms to extend and get tackles of balance. Gilbert is a stout run defender having great core strength to anchor and put away blocks at the point of attack and holding up to be a gap filler when not getting to the backfield.
Gilbert’s game could use some tuning when pass rushing as he doesn’t possess a diverse tool kit of pass rush moves and lacks great flexibility to bend and drop weight around the edge. He lacks the ideal burst off the snap and was seemingly the last player on the defensive line off the ball every play. If Gilbert can show good speed at his pro day, he could be viewed as a tweener prospect in a 3-4 defensive alignment having some speed to possibly be a threat on the exterior as an outside linebacker.
Gilbert has great size to work with and shows enough strength to be effective at the next level. His overall technique looks fine but he needs to develop more pass rush skills because he will not be able to power through offensive tackles at the next level like he did in the Pac-12.
Round Grade: Coveted UDFA
NFL Comparison: Willie Young