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Buffalo Bills 2010s All-Decade team: Cornerback 2

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Who will join Tre’Davious White?

In a landslide, you picked the rising star Tre’Davious White as the first cornerback to represent the Buffalo Bills of the past decade. This roster needs at least one more cornerback, so the voting will open once again. Which player deserves a spot?

Leodis McKelvin

McKelvin joined the Bills as a first-round pick in the 2008 draft, and played with the team through the 2015 season. An athletic cornerback who often played well at every part of the play except the occasional lapse at the catch point, McKelvin made his fair share of plays as an off-and-on starter during his Bills career.

After the 2015 season, the Bills went ahead with Ronald Darby and Stephon Gilmore as their starting tandem. McKelvin was waived, and would sign a contract with the Philadelphia Eagles. He ultimately played one more season before his career came to an end.

Overall stats: 51 games started, 274 combined tackles, four TFLs, three forced fumbles, 58 passes defended, 11 interceptions.

Drayton Florence

Florence, known for his physical brand of play, joined the Bills as a free agent in 2009, and played with the Bills for two seasons in the past decade. He’s fondly remembered for his pick-six against Tom Brady in 2011—a play that helped clinch an end to Buffalo’s consecutive losing streak to the New England Patriots. That play landed Florence on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

With Terrence McGee’s career on the downswing as injuries took their toll, and the young McKelvin still finding his footing, Florence was the stable force in the secondary at the start of the decade.

Florence, a free agent in 2012, played two more seasons in the league before calling it quits—one with the Detroit Lions, and one with the Carolina Panthers.

Overall stats: 32 games started, 108 combined tackles, two TFLs, one forced fumble, 27 passes defended, six interceptions (two for touchdowns).

Stephon Gilmore

While these days he plays for a hated rival, Gilmore played a full five seasons for the Bills and was their most productive cornerback during the past decade. Buffalo’s first-round pick in 2012, Gilmore flashed his athletic talent and potential early on, when the Bills made him their top cornerback in his rookie season. Early in his career, Gilmore deflected plenty of passes, but wasn’t able to change those into turnovers. It didn’t help that he fractured his wrist at the start of his sophomore season, and missed five games recovering.

Gilmore thrived within Rex Ryan’s defense. Between the 2015 and 2016 seasons, he deflected 30 passes and intercepted eight of them. This culminated in Gilmore’s first Pro Bowl selection after the 2016 season.

When head coach Sean McDermott took over in Buffalo, the Bills declined to place a franchise tag on Gilmore, who became a free agent. Gilmore signed a five-year, $65 million contract with the New England Patriots, and before long turned into a star. He’s been named first-team All-Pro for the past two seasons.

Overall stats: 66 games started, 226 combined tackles, four TFLs, three forced fumbles, 62 passes defended, 14 interceptions.


It’s time to pick the next cornerback for our All-Decade roster. Now vote!

Poll

Buffalo Bills 2010s All-Decade team: Cornerback 2

This poll is closed

  • 12%
    Leodis McKelvin
    (107 votes)
  • 3%
    Drayton Florence
    (29 votes)
  • 84%
    Stephon Gilmore
    (735 votes)
871 votes total Vote Now

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