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In a division with cornerbacks like Darrelle Revis, Antonio Cromartie, Vontae Davis and Devin McCourty, it's hard to imagine the AFC East can produce another elite pass defender.
Stephon GIlmore, the 10th overall selection by the Bills in the 2012 NFL draft, is poised to challenge that notion.
The former South Carolina Gamecock showed exceptional speed, running a 4.40 40-yard dash at the combine, and at 6'0" was one of the tallest corners from this draft class. Those concerned about his ability to contribute as a rookie should be reminded he started every game as a true freshman in 2009 and was named a Freshman All-American by CollegeFootballNews.com and Scout.com.
According to a Yahoo! Sports profile of him:
"It is unusual to start a cornerback's scouting report by praising his run defense, but Gilmore stands out in this area. He often played the "force defender" role for the Gamecocks, deterring running backs from trying to run to the weak side of the formation by attacking from the edge on that side of the field. Gilmore reads running plays quickly and attacks them aggressively."
That said, he does have areas to improve in:
"Gilmore's man coverage technique is very raw. His footwork is not great, and he will lose his receiver at the top of the route. When playing off the receiver, he gets caught flat-footed when the receiver breaks."
Gilmore will undoubtedly benefit from the Bills addition of Mario Williams. The accelerated internal clock for opposing quarterbacks will shorten the length of his downfield coverage, limiting opportunities for him to get beat.