Bills take CB Stephon Gilmore with 10th pick

April 26, 2012 Updated Apr 27, 2012 at 11:14 AM EDT

By WKBW News

April 26, 2012 Updated Apr 27, 2012 at 11:14 AM EDT

Orchard Park ( The Buffalo Bills continued an off-season of addressing the defense by selecting South Carolina Cornerback Stephon Gilmore with the 10th overall pick in the NFL Draft on Thursday night.

At 6'0, 193 pounds, Gilmore adds the size and speed the Bills were looking for in a cornerback. He ran a 4.4 40-yard dash at the combine and addresses one of the perceived needs on the backend of the Buffalo defense.

Labled as a physical cornerback with outstanding athleticism, Gilmore started in all 40 games during his three-year career at South Carolina. He finished with 181 tackles and seven sacks. Gilmore addressed being physical during a conference call with the media. "I Love playing the game, love playing physical, love playing football"

Bills Head Coach Chan Gailey said following the pick that Gilmore will have an opportunity to come in and challenge for a starting spot.
Gilmore could eventually be paired with the Bills second round pick in 2011 in Texas cornerback Aaron Williams.

Bills Director of College Scouting Chuck Cook had this to say about Gilmore at the teams pre-draft luncheon. "We think he's a good strong sturdy corner that can press, can run in a hip pocket and he makes plays. We like his physical-ness in coming up in support."

The Bills selection at 10 came after a wild first part of the first round that included three trades in the first seven picks.