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Tony Gilbert

SELECTED BY HOUSTON , ROUND 7, PICK 9, OVERALL PICK 210
LB | (5-11, 251) | Georgia
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: Fifth-year senior who lettered in 1999. Started and led the team in tackles in 2000 and '01. Hurt his right ankle in the '02 opener but closed the year strong. Had 18 stops in '99; 96 in 2000; and 99 tackles, two sacks and three passes broken up in '01, when he was the team's defensive MVP. Had 114 tackles, 21 for loss, 151 sacks and two interceptions in '02 (including bowl game).

Positives: Good in-the-box middle 'backer who makes a lot of plays from tackle to tackle. A tough guy with a big motor and big heart. Pretty instinctive. Can step up and fill. Better quickness than speed. A team captain and leader with a special-teams personality.

Negatives: Gilbert is short with short arms and needs to be protected inside. Lacks speed and range versus the pass. Is on the stiff side, especially when going in reverse. Struggles to change direction.

Summary: Can make it as a two-down run-down type of linebacker if he can do well on special teams. Best-suited to play inside in a 3-4 defense.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.