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Web Rumblings: Buffalo Bills News, 4/27

Apr 26, 2012; New York, NY, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell introduces Stephon Gilmore (South Carolina) as the number ten overall pick to the Buffalo Bills in the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-US PRESSWIRE
Matt Warren is Associate Director of NFL coverage for SB Nation and previously covered the Bills for Buffalo Rumblings for more than a decade.

Bills go with CB Gilmore at 10 -
"We talked about needing a corner with size and adding speed to our team and I think we did both with this guy," said Bills GM Buddy Nix. "This guy has been a 40-game starter in a pretty good league. He’s got good ball skills and he’s got great speed. He’s a good tackler. He was high on our draft board from the start. When the corners started going I thought there might be a chance he wouldn’t be there. We were fortunate I think to get him and he’ll help our football team."

Transcript: NFL Draft First Round -
Buddy Nix and Chan Gailey talk about Stephon Gilmore.

Transcript: Stephon Gilmore -
Gilmore's entire conference call with the media, including this nugget on not having a smile while posing for pictures. "I knew I was going to get picked early so I was happy on the inside. I was just so happy from my head down and thanked the man above. It’s a blessing. It’s a blessing to get picked and I’m happy."

Stephon Gilmore - Google Search
For those complaining about Gilmore not smiling, check out the Google Image search. He's not even smiling in family photos.

Bills 1st Rd Profile: (CB) Stephon Gilmore -
This video shows the hitting and big play ability of Gilmore.

Bills pick Stephon Gilmore No. 10 -
See Gilmore shake Roger Goodell's hand after being selected.

Nix and Gailey on Picking Stephon Gilmore -
The entire ten-minute press conference following the first round.

Stephon Gilmore Conference Call -
The entire five-minute phone call with the local media.

Bills Roundup: Bills Add to Secondary -
A wrap-up of the first round by Chris Brown, highlighting Buffalo's selection with sound clips from Chan Gailey, Buddy Nix, and Stephon Gilmore.

Draft Party Day One -
See the new jerseys and check out what the Bills had in store at their draft day party last night.

Inside The Bills | Nix: Like to get 2 tackles
"We have two starters at tackle, but we don’t have enough of them. We have to add in some way, the draft or free agency we need two guys at tackle. But as far as that being a panic situation or a reach situation it’s not." - From prior to the draft

Inside The Bills | Chances were there to move up
"We had opportunities to move up more than move down, and so we listened. We just didn’t want to give up draft picks. I never do like doing that. I think you swap two guys for one and if you miss on that one it costs you dearly. We did not entertain moving down. And then we had some calls to move up but didn’t do it."

Inside The Bills | Happy Gilmore
"I knew I was going to get picked early so I was happy on the inside," said Gilmore. "I was just so happy and put my head down and thanked the man above. It was a blessing to get picked and I’m happy."

Buffalo makes clean pick with Gilmore - The Buffalo News
"He's widely viewed as a "clean" pick. He has an extensive track record of production on the field, with 40 starts in the Southeastern Conference, the best league in college football. He has been an honor-roll student at South Carolina."

Gilmore pick boosts Bills pass defense - The Buffalo News
"Bills starters Terrence McGee and Drayton Florence are getting older. For the long term, the Bills could put Gilmore next to Aaron Williams, last year’s 34th overall pick, and they would have two physical corners to match up with the new wave of big wideouts in the NFL."

Time will tell if safe pick is the right one - Jerry Sullivan
"Claiborne, Barron and Kuechly flew off the board before the Bills picked. That left Gilmore, and they grabbed him. We'll never know which one they loved best. Nix, naturally, wouldn't say how he had them ranked."

Gilmore took college fast track to NFL career - The Buffalo News
"Stephon Gilmore was a select high school senior with his choice of elite colleges when his father said his son should play for a coach who could bring his NFL aspirations to fruition. South Carolina and Steve Spurrier worked out well."

Mark and Sully recap Day One of Draft - The Buffalo News
Mark Gaughan and Jerry Sullivan discuss Stephon Gilmore.

WGR 550 - HAMILTON: Nix Got His Man
"Gilmore is only a junior, but there wasn’t much he couldn’t do in the SEC. Nix said, 'It’s the hardest thing to play in the secondary, is off man and he’s probably the best at that. He’s very confident, he’ll walk up close if he needs to.'"

Bills help secondary with CB Gilmore - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"Gilmore should immediately help Buffalo's inconsistent pass defense. He is a solid all-around corner who can make plays, force turnovers and tackle against the run."

Buffalo Bills select Stephon Gilmore with 10th pick in NFL Draft | Democrat and Chronicle
"We’ve made a conscious effort to upgrade our defense in the offseason and Buddy (Nix) and the personnel department have done a great job with that," Gailey said.

USC junior Stephon Gilmore picked by Bills | The Greenville News
"What could have been a long night lasted only one hour for University of South Carolina junior cornerback Stephon Gilmore. There had been rumors throughout the day that the Buffalo Bills were very interested in Gilmore and at 9 p.m."

CANOE -- SLAM! Sports - NFL - 'Happy' Gilmore joins Bills
Wednesday, a day before the NFL draft, we asked University of South Carolina cornerback Stephon Gilmore how he'd feel about getting drafted by the Bills. "I think I'd blend in well in Buffalo," he told QMI Agency. "If they believe in me, I'll be happy with that decision." The Bills believed in him.

Gilmore Ready to Make Bills Defense Better |
"Bills head coach Chan Gailey said there is 'no question' that top draft pick Stephon Gilmore can compete right away for a starting job in Buffalo."

Gilmore fills immediate need for Bills -
"We think he's a good strong sturdy corner that can press, can run ... and he makes plays," said Chuck Cook, the team's director of college scouting, said of Gilmore. "We like his physicalness in coming up in (run) support."

Stallions fans cheer as Gilmore is picked 10th by the Bills | The Herald
"Gilmore, who attended South Carolina, didn’t display much emotion when he crossed the stage at Radio City Music Hall to greet NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. That’s not unusual for the stoic Gilmore, who has always impressed others with his maturity."

York County, SC | South Pointe’s Gilmore chosen by Buffalo | The Herald
"-- Sure enough, Rock Hill’s Stephon Gilmore went 10th, to Buffalo. Not an easy commute, but the coverage responsibilities will be easier after the Bills spent big money on defensive end Mario Williams this offseason."

Stephon Gilmore Goes to Buffalo | | Columbia, SC
"A nice scenario seemed to be taking place as Carolina had the ninth pick, setting up a short drive for Gilmore from his native Rock Hill. But the Panthers chose Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly with that selection, allowing the Bills to pounce on Gilmore."

2012 NFL Draft Results: Buffalo Bills Take CB Stephon Gilmore - Buffalo Rumblings
With the No. 10 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills have selected South Carolina cornerback Stephon Gilmore.

2012 NFL Draft Results: Stephon Gilmore Selected By Buffalo Bills - Buffalo Rumblings
The Buffalo Bills selected CB Stephon Gilmore (South Carolina) in Round 1 of the 2012 NFL Draft. The pick was a blip on the radar in one of the craziest rounds in NFL Draft history.

2012 NFL Draft: Bills Need Areas Well Stocked In Round 2 - Buffalo Rumblings
The Buffalo Bills are sitting pretty entering Round 2 of the 2012 NFL Draft. They took CB Stephon Gilmore in Round 1.

2012 NFL Draft 2nd round mock draft - Mocking The Draft
The Bills get Jonathan Martin with likely targets Stephen Hill and Cordy Glenn off the board.

Inside The Bills | Chances good for OT at 41
Chris Brown goes through each team at the top of Round 2 and lists their tackle situation. (He also throws in some wide receiver comments.)