'Happy' Gilmore joins Bills
By JOHN KRYK, QMI Agency
NEW YORK - Wednesday, a day before the NFL draft, we asked University of South Carolina cornerback Stephon Gilmore how he'd feel about getting drafted by the Bills.
"I think I'd blend in well in Buffalo," he told QMI Agency. "If they believe in me, I'll be happy with that decision."
The Bills believed in him. They chose Gilmore at No. 10 overall in the draft Thursday night at Radio City Music Hall.
He's the second-ranked cornerback it this draft.
Before addressing the press, Gilmore stopped to answer a few questions from QMI.
What did Bills GM Buddy Nix back in Buffalo tell him on the phone?
"He's happy with the decision," Gilmore said. "I'm happy they picked me and believed in my talent. I'll just keep working hard, like I've always done. It don't stop here — this is the beginning. So I'm looking forward to it."
The 6-foot-1, 193-pounder from rural South Carolina said when the Bills brought him in for a pre-draft visit, they went over plays on a drawing board of sorts.
"Yeah, I did a lot of board work, and I like how they play. They've got some great coaches. They're an up-and-coming team.
"It's a great feeling, man. It's a dream come true, and I'm just happy with it."
Gilmore was a four-year starter for the Gamecocks. In his career, he notched 181 tackles (140 solo), eight interceptions, seven sacks, forced four fumbles and had five quarterback pressures.
He'll begin working out with his new teammates in May.
|South Carolina cornerback Stephon Gilmore holds up a jersey after being selected 10th overall by the Bills in the NFL draft in New York, N.Y., April 26, 2012. (SHANNON STAPLETON/Reuters)