Of the Steelers' 2011 rookie draft class, Marcus Gilbert has the best chance at becoming a starter during his first season. However Mike Tomlin is infamous among Steelers fans for not trusting younger players.
Last season's exceptional rookie class got on the field more often than anyone would have thought but that was an exception rather than the rule. There probably isn't another all-pro offensive lineman from this year's class but if Gilbert can prove himself enough early he could play start at right guard.
Gilbert is naturally a tackle but the team has a need at guard so could plug him in there straight away. His chances won't be destroyed completely by the lockout but it is hurting him by not being able to turn up and show off to his new coaches every day.
While Cameron Heyward may be the headline choice from last year's class he is unlikely to see that much playing time behind Brett Keisel, Aaron Smith and Ziggy Hood.
Gilbert, however, has a chance to overtake Ramon Foster, Doug Legursky and Trai Essex to become a fixture on the team's offensive line instantly.
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