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Dallas Cowboys Potential 2012 Draft Pick: Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina

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I am finishing my 2012 cornerback rankings, and there will be a few surprises.  One is the feature of today’s post–South Carolina’s Stephon Gilmore–who I currently have rated ahead of Janoris Jenkins.  I have three cornerbacks ahead of both of them (Morris Claiborne and Dre Kirkpatrick being the obvious ones), so check back later to see the third mystery player.

My scouting report on Stephon Gilmore is posted today at the Times.  You’ll have to go there for the full analysis, but here is a clip:

At 6-1, Stephon Gilmore has elite length for the cornerback position.  He uses it to his advantage at the line, extending to re-route receivers in his press.  Gilmore could add some bulk at 195 pounds, but he already possesses good strength.  Because of his size, Gilmore thrives when in a press position, whether or not he actually jams the receiver.  He has excellent lateral quickness, particularly for his size, mirroring receivers with ease.

Gilmore was asked to play all sorts of coverages at South Carolina, including off the line in both man and zone concepts.  He struggles in this position, staying in his backpedal too long (such as at the 1:27 mark in the video below).

I think Gilmore would be a great fit in Dallas.  Despite a lot of reports out there, I believe Gilmore will thrive in a man scheme.  He displays poor awareness and play-making ability in off-coverage (particularly zone), but he can press with the best of them.  I really think he has a chance to be the third cornerback off the board, and there’s a chance he jumps into the first round.  If he drops to the Cowboys in the second, he will be awfully enticing (even if the team signs a veteran cornerback in free agency).

Previous Scouting Reports

Michael Brockers, DT/DE, LSU

Devon Still, DT/DE, Penn State

Courtney Upshaw, DE/OLB, Alabama

David DeCastro, G, Stanford

Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB, South Carolina

Quinton Coples, DE, UNC

Janoris Jenkins, CB, Florida/North Alabama

Mark Barron, SS, Alabama

Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU

Whitney Mercilus, DE/OLB, Illinois

Cordy Glenn, G, Georgia

Chase Minnifield, CB, Virginia

Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis

Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama

Brandon Boykin, CB, Georgia

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4 Responses to Dallas Cowboys Potential 2012 Draft Pick: Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina

  1. john coleman says:

    JB- I just don’t know if I can agree with your top two. Neither of them have ELITE speed. Deion also took Claiborne apart for constantly being too high. He will be exposed in the NFL. Kirkpatrick is slow with short arms and I feel he is not up to his billing either. I know I’m in the minority, so we will see.

    I like Gilmore period. He has the size, the measurables and can play press. I believe he may end up being the best of the bunch.

    BTW, why if you can play press well would you play anything else? Press the man and lockdown that side.

    The guys I like as of now are: Gilmore, Minniefield and Robinson(UCF)

  2. Tyrone Jenkins says:

    Press coverage takes talent, but only lasts a few seconds. It’s actually easier to play than man coverage starting 7 or 11 yards off the ball. Press coverage only works in those scenarios when the pass rush is expected to get to the QB (which Dallas doesn’t have).

    Dallas needs a great man to man coverage back. One with instincts as to what the route is, who can make up distances when the WR executes a move and one who can jump w/ bigger receivers. I’m not sure if that CB is actually in the draft or not but I doubt Gilmore is him.

    I wouldn’t be unhappy w/ a 2nd round drafting of this guy, but I wouldn’t be ecstatic either.

  3. Rick says:

    His technique is absolutely awful. NFL caliber athlete, sure. I don’t think he’ll be a good player, though.

  4. cowboy4life? says:

    Stephon Gilmore to The Cowboys!!!!!

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