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Bills Grab South Carolina CB Stephon Gilmore with 10th Pick in Draft

The Bills have continued to build up their defense, as they have selected South Carolina cornerback Stephon Gilmore with the 10th overall pick of the 2012 NFL Draft.

A three-year starter at South Carolina, Gilmore posted 181 tackles, including 15 for a loss and seven sacks, with eight interceptions, four forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries. Gilmore was first-team All-SEC after each of the last two seasons.

At a shade over 6-foot and 190 pounds, Gilmore showed off his speed and athleticism with a 4.44 time in the 40-yard dash and 36″ vertical jump and 10’03” broad jump at the Combine in February.

Gilmore will instantly start in a secondary that ranked 19th against the pass and 25th in passing yards allowed per play in 2011.

Here’s a tidbit on Gilmore from the Gamecocks website:

All-SEC performer and All-America candidate… preseason Lott Trophy candidate… earned a spot on the Playboy preseason All-America team… named to Phil Steele’s preseason All-SEC first team and All-America second team… expected to take on a bigger leadership role in the secondary… has the ability to make the big play… work ethic and competitiveness are unmatched… has started all 27 games at cornerback since he stepped onto the Carolina campus… named the Harris Pastides Scholar-Athlete for football in the spring of 2011.

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