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Stephon Gilmore Scouting Report

Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina
Height: 6’0″
Weight: 190


  • Great athlete and great┬áspeed
  • Very physical
  • Good tackler with a knack to lay the wood
  • Good ball skills
  • Great size and length
  • Good blitzer
  • Scheme versatile, played in off-man/zone but has skillset to make transition to man
  • Big-time upside
  • Experience as a return man


  • Still a bit raw
  • Poor technique and footwork
  • A bit stiff, not the most fluid
  • Can play too high at times, particularly coming out of transition

NFL Comparison: Carlos Rogers

Stephon Gilmore is a talented cornerback that certainly has all the tools you like but will need to put them all together to be successful at the next level. Gilmore has marginally improved on his overall technique and footwork each year while at USC but he still leaves much to be desired in those areas. In college, he got by on his athleticism far too often and he will need a good DB coach to fix his mechanical issues to be successful in the NFL. That being said, if he can get those fixed, he should be an All-Pro at the next level. At the combine he showed very good signs of improvement and while he was still too choppy with his footwork, you can tell he’s really working hard at improving. Gilmore is a smart kid that has all the intangibles you like in a player. He’s been durable and has stayed out of trouble both on and off the field. Gilmore has solid ball skills and instincts and rarely gets beat for the big play. Gilmore played primarily off-man and zone in college but I believe his physicality and relative rawness is enough that he could learn to play man and excel in that type of scheme as well. Overall, his potential is enough to give him a shot at being the third CB taken in this draft and he should hear his name anywhere in the back half of the first through the first half of the second. Teams like Cincinnati, Detroit, and St. Louis are all teams that would be good fits.

Career Stats

Year Games Tackles INTs Passes Defensed
2011 13 46 4 7
2010 14 79 3 2
2009 13 56 1 8