In one of the interviews that Kevin Colbert did recently he was asked about Marcus Gilbert moving to LT. He said it could happen but it’s Tomlin’s decision; Gilbert on the left side and Willie Colon on right. That obviously depends on how the draft goes as Colbert indicated also, what happens with Max Starks, etc. It got me thinking though on how the line could potentially look for the Steelers next year. With Max Starks’ future up in the air right now and Colon coming off another season of injured reserve it’s possible the cast of players that we’ve seen occupy the line in front of Ben Roethlisberger could be significantly different. Something that I would be completely ok with because the retooling of a deficient line that began a couple years ago, needs to continue.
I would be happy if Gilbert would stay at RT, Starks could back back at LT and they draft Glenn or Osemele for Guard but that’s not a likely scenario right now. There are only so many draft picks to take such players and needs elsewhere may dictate other options be pursued. The reason for Gilbert staying at RT is because he spent nearly the entire season there in 2011 and got better as the year went on. I’d like to see him be able to continue that progression and find a permanent home there.
Based on how things have gone in recent years for Sean Kugler’s group (Offensive Line Coach), no matter who starts at the beginning of the year things are likely to change. That’s a big reason why the team always places a premium on lineman who can be versatile enough to play multiple positions. Doug Legursky, Trai Essex, Marcus Gilbert, and Chris Kemoeatu each played at least 1 other position on the line besides their normal spots.
Here are a few possibilities that could present themselves based on how the upcoming NFL draft works out. Be sure and join the discussion in the forums too!
|Left Tackle||Left Guard||Center||Right Guard||Right Tackle|
|Marcus Gilbert||Cordy Glenn or Kelechi Osemele||Maurkice Pouncey||Ramon Foster||Willie Colon|
|Marcus Gilbert||Ramon Foster||Maurkice Pouncey||Willie Colon||Mike Adams|
|Mike Adams||Brandon Washington||Maurkice Pouncey||Ramon Foster||Marcus Gilbert|
|Marcus Gilbert||Cordy Glenn||Maurkice Pouncey||Kevin Zeitler||Willie Colon|
|Max Starks||Trai Essex||Maurkice Pouncey||Doug Legursky||Marcus Gilbert|