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The Buffalo Bills selected South Carolina’s Stephon Gilmore and Louisiana State’s Ron Brooks in the 2012 NFL draft, paving the way to release veteran cornerback, Drayton Florence, who has been with the team for three seasons.
However, losing Florence didn't diminish the Bills' secondary in any way other than the lost veteran presence in the locker room.
Gilmore looks ready to earn a starting role after his three years as a Gamecock, in which he made 181 tackles, intercepted eight passes while breaking up 17 and forced four fumbles. He is solid in his run support, as he made 15 tackles behind the line of scrimmage.
Last year's second-round pick, Aaron Williams, could also fight his way into a starting role after a solid rookie campaign that was plagued by various chest injuries.
Leodis McKelvin is entering a contract year, so I'm expecting big things out of him this season, or his career could be coming to an end.
In the back end of the secondary is where the Bills are strongest. The safety position is held down by tackling machine George Wilson, who is coming off of a career year in which he made 106 tackles, deflected six passes, intercepted four passes and forced two fumbles.
Alongside Wilson is Jairus Byrd, a complete ballhawk who racked up 98 tackles, four of which were for a loss, deflected eight passes, intercepted three and forced three fumbles.
The Bills have all the talent they need in the secondary to compete with the receivers in the AFC East.