Gilmore taken No. 10
Posted Apr 26, 2012

Former South Carolina standout cornerback Stephon Gilmore was taken No. 10 overall by the Buffalo Bills in round one of the 2012 NFL Draft.

Junior cornerback Stephon Gilmore was selected with the 10th pick of the first round by the Buffalo Bills, while senior defensive end/outside linebacker Melvin Ingram was taken with the 18th pick in the first round by the San Diego Chargers. They join the 1981 tandem of running back George Rogers (1st pick overall by the New Orleans Saints) and tight end Willie Scott (14th pick overall by the Kansas City Chiefs) as the only set of Carolina teammates to be selected in the first round of the same draft.

Gilmore, a 6-1, 189-pounder from Rock Hill, S.C., started every game at cornerback for three consecutive seasons. He led the team with four interceptions in 2012 and had eight picks over his three-year career. He was a third-team Associated Press All-American in 2010 and was a first-team All-SEC performer that season, according to the league’s coaches. He led the team with 79 tackles in 2010 and finished his stint in the Garnet & Black with 181 career stops. He was also named the Harris Pastides Scholar-Athlete for football in the spring of 2011.

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