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GM Buddy Nix wanted a playmaker with the team’s first-round pick, and he got one.
Gilmore is 6’1” and 190 pounds. Not only does he offer ideal height at corner, but he also possesses exceptional speed, making his combination of size and speed a rare and valuable one for a cornerback.
Buffalo hasn’t had a player with Gilmore’s abilities and physical traits in the secondary for a long time. And it shouldn’t take long for Bills fans to see just how great it is to have a defensive back like this.
He has natural ball skills and plays very well lining up off his opponent. His height is an advantage against taller receivers, and he’s physical enough to engage with aggressive wideouts at the line of scrimmage.
At the Bills’ rookie mini-camp wrap-up press conference, head coach Chan Gailey said, “He did a great job during the week. He is a big, long corner that can run and has a great feel for the game. He did a very good job during the weekend.”
Gilmore’s length will quickly prove to be valuable, as teams are gradually leaning more on the pass and bringing in taller wide receivers. He’ll have no problem keeping up with them downfield, and he can compete for the ball just as much as they can when it’s in the air.
Not many teams threw at Gilmore in college, but they’ll be sure to attack him and test him in the NFL. With his impressive talent and maturity for a 21-year-old, the rookie will make over-confident quarterbacks pay and will earn respect by making plays.