Mark Konezny-US PRESSWIRE
While I didn't do these rankings in any particular order, I saved the best for last. Simply put, Stephon Gilmore has been the best cornerback on the field, and it's not even close. In an article by Livingston County News, Gilmore is praised by coach Chan Gailey:
“He’s very consistent,” said head coach Chan Gailey. “There is no up and down in the guy. What you see every day is what you get every day. That has been a pleasant surprise. A lot of the time, with rookies, something bad will happen to them and they go in the tank.”
Bills wide receivers are also impressed with Gilmore.
"I don't know how to say it, but he's up there with some of the DBs in the league who've been playing for a couple of years, and he hasn't even played one play," receiver Stevie Johnson said Saturday. "Really, I don't want to speak too highly, but it's hard to not speak highly of somebody that can play as well as he has from rookie minicamp all the way up until now."
"He's earned our respect already," receiver David Nelson said. "Every time you go against him, you've got to be ready. You know you're going to get everything he has, and it's going to be that way when the ball's snapped until the whistle."
"He's definitely going to be one hell of a player for this team. As long as he keeps working and keeps his head on straight, the sky's the limit." -Derek Hagan
Gilmore has done everything right so far as a rookie. He's been out on the practice field early, played aggressive at the line and has had plenty of pass-breakups. From the time he was drafted, it was known he'd be a day one starter. Although this mainly was due to the lack of depth at the cornerback position, after watching Gilmore, it's safe to say that he's earned his spot.