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Stephon Gilmore scouting report

Stephon Gilmore CB South Carolina #5
Ht: 6’1″Wt: 193  
Impressive height and decent overall size. Adequate athleticism; especially for his size. has enough speed to stick with most receivers. Capable of delivering the big hit. Can be an asset in run support when he puts in the effort. Does a nice job tracking the ball in flight. Good hands; will come down with the interception when he’s in position. Coaches praise his work ethic and leadership.
Slow to react to run plays at times; seems to pick and chose when he wants to get involved. In consistent tackling; goes for the big hit too often and isn’t a reliable wrap-up tackler; prefers to lower his shoulder rather than square up the ball carrier. Struggles to shed blocks, even from receivers. Gets sloppy in coverage at times; relies too much on his athleticism and seems to trust his speed more than he should. Speed is very average. Struggles with a lot of the minor aspects of coverage, such as putting himself in position to get his hands on the ball.
Gilmore is intriguing due to his size and athleticism, and the fact that there simply aren’t many prospects with his measurables. However, he has a lot of work to do before he’s ready to be an impact player at the next level. He clearly has the potential to be a starter, but he’s very inconsistent with his fundamentals at this stage in his career. What’s most concerning is his inconsistent effort against the run. Due to his size, this is one area when could make himself standout above other corners, but far too often he’s hesitant to really get physical. Due to his size and average speed some teams may consider him a free safety.
2011 vs Nebraska 
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