Bills Select Gilmore in NFL Draft

April 26, 2012 Updated Apr 26, 2012 at 9:22 PM EDT

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Bills Select Gilmore in NFL Draft

April 26, 2012 Updated Apr 26, 2012 at 9:22 PM EDT

NEW YORK, NY - (WKBW) The Buffalo Bills have selected South Carolina cornerback Stephon Gilmore in the first round of the NFL Draft (tenth overall).

Eyewitness Sports Director Jeff Russo with anchor Shawn Stepner will have complete coverage of the selection of Gilmore, with NFL Draft coverage all weekend long on Channel 7's "Eyewitness News."

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Stephon Gilmore (born September 19, 1990) is an American football cornerback. He currently attends the University of South Carolina. Gilmore is regarded as one of the best cornerback prospects of his class.

High school careerGilmore attended South Pointe High School in Rock Hill, South Carolina, where he was a two-way player and helped his team to a perfect 15-0 record and the South Carolina AAAA Division II title as a senior. Among his teammates was 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, Gilmore was listed as the No. 2 overall prospect from South Carolina in the class of 2009. He chose South Carolina over Alabama, Tennessee, and Clemson.

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. 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 Jeffrey in the 4th quarter of the 2010 Chick-fil-A Bowl.

He has declared his eligibility for the 2012 NFL draft. He is expected to be a high draft pick.

On April 26th, 2012 he was picked 10th in the 2012 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills.