Stephon Gilmore

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Stephon Gilmore
Stephon Gilmore 2012.jpg
Gilmore in 2012 playing against Detroit
No. 24     Buffalo Bills
Cornerback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1990-09-19) September 19, 1990 (age 24)
Place of birth: Rock Hill, South Carolina
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school: Rock Hill (SC) South Pointe
College: South Carolina
NFL Draft: 2012 / Round: 1 / Pick: 10
Debuted in 2012 for the Buffalo Bills
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • CFN, Phil Steele Freshman All-American (2009)
  • Parade, EA Sports High School All-American (2008)
  • Third Team All-American (AP) (2011)
  • First Team All-SEC (2010, 2011)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2013
Tackles 96
Sacks 0.0
Interceptions 3
Stats at NFL.com

Stephon Stiles Gilmore (born September 19, 1990) is an American football cornerback for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Bills tenth overall in the 2012 NFL Draft.[1] He played college football at South Carolina. Gilmore was regarded as one of the best cornerback prospects of his class.[2]

High school career[edit]

Gilmore attended South Pointe High School in Rock Hill, South Carolina, where he was a two-way player as quarterback and defensive back, and helped his team to a perfect 15-0 record and the South Carolin AAAA Division II title as a senior. Among his teammates were DeVonte Holloman and Jadeveon Clowney. Playing quarterback on offense, Gilmore rushed for 1,331 yards and 23 touchdowns and passed for 1,771 yards with 14 scores. He earned first-team all-state honors by The State and was named an All-American by Parade and EA Sports. He was also named Mr. Football for the state of South Carolina.

Considered a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, Gilmore was listed as the No. 2 overall prospect from South Carolina in the class of 2009.[3] He chose South Carolina over Alabama, Tennessee, and Clemson.

College career[edit]

Gilmore graduated from South Pointe in December 2008 to enroll at South Carolina early, and participate in spring practice. It worked out, as he came out of spring as a starter at cornerback. Appearing in all 12 games for the Gamecocks, Gilmore was the rare true freshman to start at cornerback in the Southeastern Conference in 2009. He had 52 tackles, five tackles for loss, two sacks, and nine passes defended, which earned him Freshman All-American honors by College Football News and Phil Steele.[4] He has occasionally appeared on offense, with a career total of 2 attempted passes (1 complete) and 6 rushes during regular season games. He also completed a 29 yard pass to Alshon Jeffery in the 4th quarter of the 2010 Chick-fil-A Bowl.

Professional career[edit]

2012 NFL Draft[edit]

On April 26, 2012, Gilmore was selected with the tenth overall pick by the Buffalo Bills. He was the highest selected Gamecocks defensive back since Dunta Robinson in 2004.

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 1 in 190 lb 31 in 9 14 in 4.38 s 1.47 s 2.40 s 3.94 s 6.61 s 36 in 10 ft 3 in 15 reps
All values from NFL Combine[5]

Buffalo Bills[edit]

On May 17, 2012, Gilmore signed a rookie contract reported to be for four years (including an option for a fifth year) for $12.1 million.[6]

Upon joining the team, Gilmore was penciled in as the teams' number one cornerback and routinely covered the top receivers of opposing teams. Over the course of his rookie season, Gilmore totaled 61 tackles and one interception, coming against the St. Louis Rams on December 9, 2012.

On April 3, 2013, Gilmore changed his jersey number from 27 to 24.

On July 12, 2014, Gilmore married his college sweetheart, Gabrielle Glenn.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lourie, Steven. "Buffalo Bills 2012 Draft Grades". Retrieved 2012-04-30. 
  2. ^ NFL Draft - 2013 CB Draft Prospects, CBSSports.com, retrieved December 9, 2009 
  3. ^ South Carolina Postseason Top 35 2009, Rivals.com, January 26, 2009 
  4. ^ Cirminiello, Richard (December 8, 2009), 2009 CFN All-Freshman Team: Defense & Special Teams, College Football News 
  5. ^ http://www.nfl.com/combine/profiles/Stephon-Gilmore?id=2533062
  6. ^ "Stephon Gilmore signs with Bills". NFL. May 17, 2012. 

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