Good thing that Buddy Nix and the rest of the front office had planned for various scenarios. The first round, which featured eight trades, was wild. But the Bills were not caught up in the flea market, as draft picks were being thrown around like confetti.
Still, even the Bills might have been caught by surprise when after the six blue-chip players went off the draft board with the first six picks, standouts Mark Barron and Luke Kuechly were also drafted before they were on the clock.
The choice looked like it was boiling down to Gilmore, Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd or Alabama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick. From those options, the Bills jumped on Gilmore and are happy to have him.
Gilmore is a half-inch over 6' tall and weighs 190 pounds, He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.38 seconds and did the three-cone drill in 6.61 seconds, which demonstrated his extraordinary athleticism. He had a 36" vertical jump and did 15 reps on the bench press.
As a junior at South Carolina, Gilmore made 46 tackles and had four interceptions. He went up against the likes of A.J. Green and Julio Jones in the SEC, so he is already battle-tested for the NFL.
It was clear that the Bills thought drafting a tackle was going to be a reach. It turns out they were right. The tackle most frequently attached to the Bills in mock drafts was Iowa's Riley Reiff. He wound up sliding all the way to the Detroit Lions at No. 23.
Now that we know that the Bills have drafted Gilmore, who else can they add on Day 2 to continue to build their 2012 roster?
We will outline the best players available for Day Two options on the upcoming slides.