2015 NFL DRAFT

Stephon Gilmore, CB

School: South Carolina  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Rock Hill, SC
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 190 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
1521
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04/30/2012 - Playing in the AFC East vs. good quarterbacks, led by Tom Brady, the Bills set out to replenish their cornerback talent and did so in taking Stephon Gilmore (South Carolina) in the first round and Ron Brooks (LSU) in the fourth. Can Gilmore, selected 10th overall, challenge for a starting job as a rookie? "No question about it. No question, yes," coach Chan Gailey said. Gilmore is the latest piece in Buffalo overhauling a defense that ranked 30th in points allowed. Stud defensive ends Mario Williams and Mark Anderson were taken in free agency. "They have a great defense and they are just looking for a piece to help them be an even better defense," Gilmore said. "I hope I am that piece and I am going to come in and work hard, like I said, and make plays to help my team win." - The Sports Xchange

04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Bills' picks: Round 1/10 - Stephon Gilmore, CB, 6-0, 193, South Carolina...With veteran corners Drayton Florence and Terrence McGee at that uncertain age, the Bills found a player who could step into their starting lineup at some point as a rookie. Gilmore has the speed (4.38) to cover deep and the aggressiveness to come up and help against the run, a complete player with few flaws. - The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - Although just a junior, Gilmore logged 40 starts for the Gamecocks, finishing with eight interceptions, seven sacks and 15 tackles for loss. He also has fine return skills, although the Bills are deep there. "We're just trying to upgrade our defense where we think it needs upgrading the most," coach Chan Gailey said of taking a defensive player first overall in two of his three seasons as coach (Marcell Dareus was picked No. 3 last year). "Both of us (Nix) sat down and identified pass rush was our No. 1 need. That was the one thing we had to address whether free agency, draft, somehow, somewhere, we had to address that. We were fortunate to be able to address that in free agency so it really freed us up in the draft to be able to look at a bunch of different positions and pick the best football player that fit our team quickly." Is Gilmore good enough to challenge for a starting job as a rookie? "No question about it, yes," Gailey said. - The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - 2012 NFL DRAFT: PICK-BY-PICK ANALYSIS: 10. Buffalo Bills: CB Stephon Gilmore, South Carolina -- After spending heavily to build a potentially dominant defensive line, Gilmore brings a physical presence and excellent athleticism to blanket outside receivers and received a high competitive grade. - Jeff Reynolds, The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - After Morris Claiborne, the draft's top-rated corner, went to Dallas at No. 6, Buffalo's war room had its pick of all the next best cornerbacks, including Alabama's Dre Kirkpatrick. Before the draft, Cook said it was a "tossup" picking between Kirkpatrick and Gilmore but gave an indication that Kirkpatrick benefited from a great scheme at Alabama and he could gamble a bit more in coverage because of a good pass rush. He also had some off-field question marks where Gilmore's character is unstained. It was no secret that the Bills coveted Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly, but he went one spot ahead of them at No. 9 to Carolina. There were five trades in the Top 10 but Nix wasn't biting to move up and take Kuechly, or the best offensive tackle available -- Matt Kalil of USC who went No. 4 to Minnesota. The Bills were linked to tackles Riley Reiff of Iowa and Cordy Glenn of Georgia along with wide receiver Michael Floyd of Notre Dame. All were still on the board. In the end, the Bills stayed true to their rankings and were elated to take Gilmore. In the long run, an improved defense makes their offense better as they try and end a 12-year playoff drought. They will address tackle, receiver and linebacker in the draft's later rounds. - The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - With Terrence McGee's injury history, Drayton Florence's aging legs and Leodis McKelvin's unfulfilled potential, cornerback was a position of a need on the backburner if not front burner for the Bills heading into the NFL Draft. And while help for the offense in the form of a left tackle or wide receiver would've been prudent and hard to argue against, general manager Buddy Nix continued his prudent offseason effort to upgrade Buffalo's 26th-ranked defense, using the 10th overall pick on South Carolina cornerback Stephon Gilmore during Thursday night's first round. "We talked about needing a corner with size and adding speed to our team and I think we did both with this guy," Nix said. "This guy has been a 40-game starter in a pretty good league. He's got good ball skills and he's got great speed. He's a good tackler. He was high on our draft board from the start. When the corners started going I thought there might be a chance he wouldn't be there. We were fortunate I think to get him and he'll help our football team." And in a division where Tom Brady is still king for Super Bowl runner-up New England, a team can never have enough good corners. McKelvin was the last cornerback selected in the first round by the Bills, 11th overall in 2008. - The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - In the 6-0, 193-pound Gilmore, Buffalo lands a three-year starter who possesses deep-coverage speed (4.38) with the size needed to help fill against the run and long arms to play either press or zone coverage. He and last year's second-round pick, Aaron Williams, are the team's future. "We think he's a good strong sturdy corner that can press, can run ... and he makes plays," said Chuck Cook, the team's director of college scouting, said of Gilmore. "We like his physicalness in coming up in (run) support." The Bills were major players in free agency, landing two premiere defensive ends in Mario Williams and Mark Anderson, solving -- on paper -- their lack of a pass rush. They were 27th in sacks last year. Stopping the run was another concern -- Buffalo ranked 28th -- so if Gilmore can contribute as a nickel corner as a rookie, his impact will be instant, and he could challenge for a starting role. He also has blitz skills coming off the edge. - The Sports Xchange

04/26/2012 - ROB RANG'S TOP 50 PLAYERS OF THE 2012 NFL DRAFT: 12. Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina: While Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill has received all of the attention for his perceived jump up draft boards over the past month, in reality the fastest ascending prospect in the draft may be Gilmore. A lanky athlete whose athleticism and physicality make him a fit in either a press or zone scheme, Gilmore has overtaken Alabama's 'Dre Kirkpatrick as the clear-cut No. 2 cornerback in the draft, behind LSU's Morris Claiborne. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

04/19/2012 - Perhaps the cornerback equivalent to Barron is South Carolina's Stephon Gilmore, who was highlighted by The Sports Xchange last month. Big and quick, and able to play a variety of styles, Gilmore could suddenly be the No. 2 corner on a lot of boards, with the dropoffs of Dre Kirkpatrick of Alabama and North Alabama's Janoris Jenkins. What has helped Gilmore, among other things, is that some "cover two" teams that have worked him out in recent weeks are more convinced he can fit into that scheme. Sometimes a hit-and-miss tackler, Gilmore nonetheless doesn't avoid contact and will support the run, a key attribute in the cover two. - Len Pasquarelli, The Sports Xchange

04/19/2012 - 04/18 NFL DRAFT SCOUT RISER: Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina...A pair of SEC underclassmen cornerbacks -- LSU's Morris Claiborne, Alabama's Dre Kirkpatrick -- have long been considered the top two at their position. And while Claiborne is still at the top, South Carolina's Stephon Gilmore, who also declared early for the NFL Draft, has been one of the draft's hottest names and is the No. 2 player at his position for most teams around the league. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

04/09/2012 - Since 2006, the Dallas Cowboys have invited each one of their first round picks to their facility as one of 30 pre-draft visits allowed by the NFL. Knowing this to be true, what can we glean from the players Dallas brought in this year? Maybe more than you'd think. Though the Cowboys did not pick until the third round of the 2009 draft, the team has used six first round picks since 2006. Those players - OT Tyron Smith, WR Dez Bryant, RB Felix Jones, CB Mike Jenkins, OLB Anthony Spencer and OLB Bobby Carpenter - were each invited to tour Dallas' facility. So who does Dallas appear to be interested in this year? Well, despite what you may have read the team did not invite Memphis DT Dontari Poe, Stanford OG David DeCastro or Stanford TE Coby Fleener to the facility. League sources have linked each of the three over the past few weeks to the Cowboys. Among the players who have visited Dallas to meet with the Cowboys' top brass, however, include six stars from the SEC: a trio of players from Alabama (S Mark Barron, CB 'Dre Kirkpatrick, OLB Courtney Upshaw), as well as Mississippi State DT Fletcher Cox, South Carolina CB Stephon Gilmore and Georgia OL Cordy Glenn. The vast majority of the other players brought in were lower level and local standouts. Do the Cowboys plan to use the No. 14 overall pick on an SEC star? It certainly would appear so. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

03/24/2012 - NFL DRAFT SCOUT TOP DEFENSIVE BACKS: *Stephon Gilmore, South Carolina, 6-0, 190...Several NFL scouts were enamored with the mental and physical abilities of this athletic corner and looking for a reason to push him up draft boards. He gave them reason at the scouting combine when he quantified his speed with an unofficial 40 time of 4.40 and had the second best time among defensive backs in the 20-yard shuttle (3.94). He also measured a full 1/4 inch over 6 feet tall. Gilmore plays with an astute awareness that makes him a dangerous defender to test. He is a vocal team leader who understands everybody's role on defense and is especially effective in zone coverage, where he seems to triangulate well, tracking both the quarterback and receivers. Gilmore is aggressive both going to the ball and coming up on the run, although he could use a little more bulk to hold up in the NFL. Gilmore started at cornerback all 40 games the last three years and in 2011 made 46 tackles and led the team with four interceptions, giving him eight for his career. He was selected first-team All-SEC and third-team AP All American in 2010. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

02/23/2012 - NFL DRAFT SCOUT PRE-COMBINE TOP 64: 42. *Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina, 6-1, 193, 2...Gilmore plays with an astute awareness that makes him a dangerous defender to test. He is a vocal team leader who understands everybody's role on defense and is especially effective in zone coverage where he seems to triangulate well, tracking both the quarterback and receivers. Gilmore is aggressive both going to the ball and coming up on the run, although he could use a little more bulk to hold up in the NFL. Gilmore started at cornerback all 40 games the last three years and in 2011 made 46 tackles and led the team with four interceptions, giving him eight for his career. He was selected first-team All-SEC and third-team AP All American in 2010. - Frank Cooney - The Sports Xchange, NFL Draft Scout

01/05/2012 - South Carolina cornerback Stephon Gilmore is giving up his final season to go pro. Gilmore's mother Linda said Thursday her son had decided to enter the NFL draft. She said he told his parents and the Gamecocks coaching staff of his plans Wednesday, two days after South Carolina's 30-13 victory over Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl. Gilmore had an interception and five tackles in the bowl game, and led the Gamecocks with four interceptions this year. He had eight interceptions and 181 tackles in three seasons. The 6-foot-1, 194-pounds Gilmore started all 40 games he played at South Carolina. - AP Sports

01/02/2012 - Scouting the South Carolina pass defense: After having one of most porous secondaries a year ago, the Gamecocks have transformed into one of the best defenses against the pass this season. That is remarkable since Assistant Head Coach-Defense Ellis Johnson has been forced to work around several injuries to key players. The group, led by junior Stephon Gilmore, has limited opponents to 133 yards per game through the air. Carolina has intercepted 15 passes. The good news for the unit is, it enters its bowl game healthier than any other point in the season. - The Sports Xchange

12/28/2011 - At South Carolina's practice site in Celebration, Fla., the mood was considerably more subdued than at the NU camp. The Gamecocks had just four defensive players selected to talk while the rest of the team herded into the Celebration High School gym. No assistants, nor head coach Steve Spurrier, addressed the press after practice. Four defensive players did, though - and two of them will consider declaring early for the NFL draft. Junior defensive end Devin Taylor and junior cornerback Stephon Gilmore will postpone their decisions until after the bowl game. "I'm still 50/50," said Taylor, who rotated this season with true freshman star Jadeveon Clowney. "They're saying I would get drafted if I did come out. It's not like a pressure thing. If I do, I can better myself at the (NFL) combine." Taylor said he's been told he could be drafted as high as the second round. Gilmore - generally considered a first-, second- or third-round prospect - said he'd look at his strong relationship with new South Carolina defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward when making his call. "Me and Coach Ward are pretty cool," Gilmore said. "I talked to him a lot about it, but I'm just trying to wait until after the bowl game." - Sam McKewon and Jon Nyatawa, Omaha World-Herald

09/10/2011 - SCOUTING THE DEFENSE: This unit, since the hiring of coordinator Ellis Johnson, has been a USC strength. This season they feature a front that is three deep. Led by senior tackle Travian Robertson, the squad has been devastating against the run, which continued against East Carolina when it allowed East Carolina only 85 yards on 28 carries. Linebacker Shaq Wilson and Rodney Paulk lead the unit which continued its 2010 struggles against the pass as the Pirates completed 37 of 56 passes for 260 yards and four touchdowns. Cornerback C. C. Whitlock play possibly the best game of his career, but junior corner Stephon Gilmore, an All-SEC performer, struggled. - The Sports Xchange

09/01/2011 - WEEK 1, FIVE MATCHUPS TO WATCH: 1. East Carolina QB Dominique Davis/WR Lance Lewis vs. South Carolina CBs Stephon Gilmore/Akeem Auguste...Davis and Lewis became a deadly combination for defenses last year, as the former Boston College and Fort Scott Community College quarterback found his fellow junior college alum 89 times for 1,116 yards and 14 scores in 2010. But South Carolina has very aggressive and talented corners in Gilmore and Auguste, and their deep front four could also force Davis into bad decisions. Davis must be able to lead Lewis open against trail coverage over the middle and down the sideline -- as well as find other receivers if his top target is covered instead of immediately taking off from the pocket -- if NFL scouts are to consider him a potential starter or reliable back-up at the next level. Lewis' ability to beat the jam from either Gamecocks corner, as well as separate during his route using his hands and quick cuts, to make an impression on scouts. - Chad Reuter, NFLDraftScout.com

08/10/2011 - 2011 PRESEASON PAUL HORNUNG AWARD WATCH LIST: Stephon Gilmore, South Carolina, has been named one of 50 players selected to the Paul Hornung Award Watchlist for the 2011 college football season, given annually to the most versatile player in major college football by the Louisville Sports Commission and football legend Paul Hornung. Gilmore, a 6-1, 193-pound junior from Rock Hill, S.C., is a preseason first-team All-SEC selection at cornerback. He also returns punts for the Gamecocks and has been used as the team's quarterback in the "wildcat" formation. He was a first-team All-SEC choice in 2010 and was a third-team Associated Press All-American after leading the team with 79 tackles. - South Carolina football

07/19/2011 - 2011 SEC PRESEASON ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DB Stephon Gilmore, South Carolina, Jr., has been selected All-SEC Football Preseason First Team for the 2011 college football season as selected by the SEC head football coaches. - SEC football

07/12/2011 - 2011 JIM THORPE AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Stephon Gilmore, South Carolina, CB, has been named one of 37 players selected to the Preseason Thorpe Award watch list for the 2011 college football season. The Thorpe Award, given annually to the nation's top defensive back, is one of the most coveted awards in college football and is celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2011. Gilmore is a 6-1, 194-pound junior cornerback from Rock Hill, S.C., who has started all 27 games for the Gamecocks over the past two seasons. He led the squad with 79 tackles a year ago while earning first-team All-SEC and third-team All-America honors. - South Carolina football

07/11/2011 - 2011 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Stephon Gilmore, South Carolina, CB, has been selected one of 87 players named to Preseason Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List for the 2011 college football season. The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is awarded annually to the nation's best defensive player by the Football Writers Association of America and the Charlotte Touchdown Club. Gilmore is a 6-1, 194-pound junior cornerback from Rock Hill, S.C., who has started all 27 games for the Gamecocks over the past two seasons. He led the squad with 79 tackles a year ago while earning first-team All-SEC and third-team All-America honors. - South Carolina football

07/08/2011 - 2011 CHUCK BEDNARIK AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Stephon Gilmore, South Carolina, CB, Jr., has been selected by the The Maxwell Football Club to the Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List for the 2011 college football season, given annually to the best defensive player. - The Maxwell Football Club

05/15/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2011: CB Stephon Gilmore, despite making All-SEC, suffered a bit of a sophomore slump. He needs to re-gain his mojo if the secondary is to rebound from a subpar campaign against the pass. - The Sports Xchange

05/03/2011 - 2011 LOTT IMPACT TROPHY WATCH LIST: Stephon Gilmore, South Carolina, CB, has been named to the 42-player Lott IMPACT Trophy watch list for the 2011 college football season as selected by the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation. Gilmore is a 6-1, 194-pound junior cornerback from Rock Hill, South Carolina. An All-SEC selection, he led the team with 79 tackles last season. He also was an Academic All-SEC selection. - South Carolina football

 
 
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04/30/2012 - Playing in the AFC East vs. good quarterbacks, led by Tom Brady, the Bills set out to replenish their cornerback talent and did so in taking Stephon Gilmore (South Carolina) in the first round and Ron Brooks (LSU) in the fourth. Can Gilmore, selected 10th overall, challenge for a starting job as a rookie? "No question about it. No question, yes," coach Chan Gailey said. Gilmore is the latest piece in Buffalo overhauling a defense that ranked 30th in points allowed. Stud defensive ends Mario Williams and Mark Anderson were taken in free agency. "They have a great defense and they are just looking for a piece to help them be an even better defense," Gilmore said. "I hope I am that piece and I am going to come in and work hard, like I said, and make plays to help my team win." - The Sports Xchange

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