Prospect of the Day: Stephon Gilmore CB South Carolina
Projected round: Late 1st-Late 2nd rounder
currently has him mocked to the Falcons in round 2.
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Man Coverage: Plays mostly in press-bail or off-coverage. Flashes a tough, aggressive punch after the snap in rare press coverage occasions, but may not have the strength to knock NFL receivers off their routes. Not elite transitioning forward from backpedal, will take an extra step or loop a bit when closing on slants. Lacks elite recovery and straight-line speed to stay with faster wideouts down the field if beaten on a double move or losing a step off the line.
Zone Coverage: Fits best in a zone system like he currently plays. Knows his, and others', assignments on every play. Comes out initial read quickly to stop the underneath route dead. Quick feet in off coverage to adjust to inside routes, even when playing outside technique. Explodes to plays in front of him, cutting down his target or wrapping up if able to line up the receiver. Forces turnovers and dropped passes with his ability to arrive strong at the receiver with the ball.
Ball Skills: Makes quarterbacks pay for poor throws with centerfielder-like instincts and hands. Uses his height in full advantage on jump balls, make difficult catches with his hands extended away from his frame. Excellent elusiveness after the catch that shows as a punt returner. Has solid hands and typically makes the right decision to fair catch, but does not have breakaway speed and will dance or move east-west instead of heading straight upfield.
Run Support: Takes run support very seriously, seeking out contact. Chops down runs to his side when able, evades most receivers blocks with quickness and quick hands -- though NFL receivers will have regular success holding him up on the outside because of his slight build.
Tackling: Aggressive hitter in the secondary who plays without regard to his own safety. Best when coming downhill and cutting down ballcarriers with a low shoulder. Constantly looking to strip the football from ballcarriers while other defenders are making the tackle. Man-up tackling is a challenge for him, however, when facing a strong runner who lowers his pads or larger receivers with the length to stiff-arm him. Plays on coverage units. Brought on edge blitzes regularly when front four isn't getting there, uses quickness and big hits to create turnovers from the blind side.
Intangibles: Left after junior season with 40 career starts. Quiet, hard-working player who consistently gets praise from coaches and teammates for his work ethic and attitude. Puts in time in the film room, knows his opponents and defensive scheme inside and out. No worries about on-field effort, brings tenacious attitude on every play.
Where I think he fits in:
Wow. Talk about perfect timing to list as corner on the daily prospect. With the signing of Stanford Routt, we are not sure what exactly we are getting. Are we getting the 2010 or 2011 version of Routt? If it’s the latter, we need some help. We don’t want to risk problems in the secondary. In the 2nd round, given his character and skill sets, there is a good chance he could be on his way to KC this year. Charlie Campbell says with the right training, Gilmore can become really good. If I trust anyone to train a defender well, it's Romeo. It's true, at times he can look like a beast, and some times he seems confused. He is inconsistent. For now, he can be a temporary gur, and roatate with guys like Routt. I like the idea. But, poor Brandon Carr. Last year, he openly claimed he wanted to stay in Kansas City long term. At least, he is going to making some good money. I wish him nothing but the best. How about some "Happy" Gilmore? What do you think? Do you want him?