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Analysis: The secondary should already be better simply by the improved defensive line. However, the Bills made sure to address this unit in the offseason by drafting Stephon Gilmore 10th overall and Ron Brooks out of LSU in Round 4.
Gilmore is an exceptional talent who has all the tools to be a shutdown playmaker at corner. He’s expected to start immediately in his rookie year and will get plenty of practice against top talent by lining up against Steve Johnson on a day-to-day basis.
Terrence McGee should be 100 percent once the regular season rolls around. When healthy, he’s still very effective. But staying healthy has been a difficult task in the past few seasons for the veteran corner.
Second-year player Aaron Williams hopes to build on a strong 2011 campaign. Meanwhile, BuffaloBills.com’s Chris Brown pegged last year’s seventh-rounder, Justin Rogers, as the most improved player in Bills camp thus far. In fact, Brown claims he “appears ready to challenge for a top three corner role.”
Finally, Leodis McKelvin will have one more shot to earn a new contract with the Bills after they took him in the first round in 2008. And according to the Buffalo News, the Bills are giving him every opportunity to prove he can help the team.
Overall, this is an up-and-coming group. If McGee can stay healthy and the defensive line can create more pressure (as it’s expected to), the Bills’ defense should improve on its 20 interceptions from 2011.