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CB Gilmore making Bills look smart with early play

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By Kevin Fishbain

Not until late in the draft process did rumors begin to swirl about the Bills’ desire for a defensive back with the 10th pick in the draft. Most prognosticators pegged an offensive tackle or pass rusher to Buffalo. On Draft Day, the Bills went with South Carolina CB Stephon Gilmore, and early reports indicate they made the right choice.

One daily team observer called Gilmore, “the real deal” and we hear that Gilmore has not been intimidated since stepping on the field, often as the team’s No. 1 corner. Defensive coordinator Dave Wannstedt did speak with some caution to reporters on Tuesday when asked about his young DBs, saying that Gilmore and second-year CB Aaron Williams, “are guys that really have not played much in this league. They are going to be tested every week and they are going to see things that are new for them.”

Last season, veteran CBs Drayton Florence, Terrence McGee and Leodis McKelvin all had their struggles as the Bills’ pass defense slipped. Buffalo cut Florence, moved McKelvin into the slot and went young with Gilmore and Williams, a pair of young, physical corners who have, thus far, lived up to high expectations from the club.

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