BY NICK ST. DENIS
The Bills selected cornerback Stephon Gilmore 10th overall in the 2012 draft before dropping cornerback Drayton Florence, making Gilmore a likely starter when the 2012 season starts.
Gilmore got his first chance to prove to Buffalo that it made the right decision this weekend during the Bills' rookie minicamp.
By all accounts, the former South Carolina Gamecock didn't disappoint. According to Chris Brown of BuffaloBills.com, Gilmore grabbed three interceptions and defended a "countless" number passes.
“It was a great experience I learned a lot,” Gilmore said, according to the team's website. “I learned a lot from (secondary) coach (George) Catavolos. He’s trying to teach me the plays and playing with good technique and I had a great camp.
“... I felt like I got a lot better and if I just keep working on my technique I can improve even more. I feel like it helped me out and I got better every day and I’m looking forward to the future.”
Bills coach Chan Gailey thought things were so far, so good in regard to Gilmore, adding that Gilmore's true test will come when the level competition across the line of scrimmage gets higher as the reason approaches.
"Confidence is something that’s vital, especially at the cornerback position," Gailey told reporters Sunday. "It’s vital at some other spots, but it’s really vital at the cornerback position. He played well and did well in this camp. Now, when he goes against the other guys he’s going to lose some. How does he handle getting beat? He didn’t get beat a lot out here, so how does he handle that?
"He’s going to go through some emotions so that maturity and that confidence will help him I think. He’s played in a tough league. He knows what it’s about."
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