Mark Konezny-US PRESSWIRE
As I mentioned yesterday, Stephon Gilmore's ascension into the spotlight has been rapid—to say the least.
His junior season at South Carolina was filled with so many highlight plays that it made every NFL personnel man take notice. He finished the season with 46 tackles, seven passes defended, four interceptions and one forced fumble.
On more than one occasion, draft evaluators uttered that they didn't think he could ever be a No. 1 corner. Most thought he would be a good No. 2 or nickel corner. Well, Buffalo felt differently, as they drafted him at No. 10 to be their No. 1.
Head coach Chan Gailey has already entrenched him into the starting lineup and had high praise of him after last Tuesday's practice (via BuffaloRumblings.com).
"The thing about Stephon I've found is he is very consistent; there is no up and down in the guy," Gailey said. "What you see everyday is what you get everyday. And that has been a pleasant surprise."
Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson knows good cornerback play, as he's has had some pretty intense battles with divisional rival Darrelle Revis. But to say Gilmore is Buffalo's Revis might be a bit much, right?
I guess not; take a look at what Johnson was quoted as saying to Sports Illustrated's Ben Reiter:
Everything I see in Revis, I see in Gilmore; of course, Revis does a few things better, and I think Gilmore has a few things that may be better than Revis. I can't say too much like that, because I don't want to put too much out there. But he's definitely going to be a shutdown corner. You definitely can tell.
No pressure, rook. If Gilmore's play from training camp transitions into the regular season, he can say hello to superstardom.