Jan 2, 2012; Orlando, FL, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks cornerback Stephon Gilmore (5) returns the blocked point after an attempt by South Carolina for a two point score in the first quarter of the 2012 Capital One Bowl at the Florida Citrus Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-US PRESSWIRE

Tennessee Titans Draft Profile: CB Stephon Gilmore, South Carolina

Here we are with our fourth draft profile of the year. The Tennessee Titans secondary could be pretty vacant after free agency starts up. Cortland Finnegan, Michael Griffin and Chris Hope all look like they won’t be returning for another year.

The Titans are a young team and look to get even younger. They may very well look for an able body in the draft to replace Cortland Finnegan. There’s almost no way they find someone with the fire that Finnegan has, but that doesn’t mean they can’t find a good replacement.

That brings us to CB Stephon Gilmore of South Carolina. He’s a big corner, tipping the scale at 193 lbs with a 6-1 frame to match. Let’s take a look!

 

Pros: Not afraid of contact. I watched him go after Cam Newton, among other big players, and he doesn’t seem to have any problem with going in for the hit. Plays with a lot of fire. He’s an aggressive player. Can be sent in on the blitz and find his way to the QB, doesn’t get caught up in the line. Doesn’t let receivers get behind him. Shows good hands and ball instincts.

Cons: When he goes to take down big guys he often goes low for their legs. People are gonna hurdle him at the next level if he doesn’t take that just a little bit higher. Sometimes gets caught up in stuff after the play. Doesn’t have elite speed. Expected to run a 4.5 40-yard dash, similar to that of Titans cornerback Alterraun Verner.

Gilmore has a lot of potential and has been watching his draft stock steadily rise. Most likely Gilmore will end up being taken in the back end of the first round. His biggest problem has been inconsistency but with his size and intangibles, I expect him to make a pretty solid corner.

 

Here’s some tape on him:

Vs. Nebraska

2010 season review

2011 Highlights

 

Stats via GameCocksOnline.com:

DEFENSE G SOLO ASST. TOTAL SACKS/YDS TFL/YARDS FF FR P DEF INT/YDS
2009 13 39 17 56 3 / 25 6 / 29 2 2 8 1 / -1
2010 14 66 13 79 3 / 23 6 / 27 1 1 2 3 / 97
2011 12 31 10 41 1 / 5 2 / 6 1 1 7 3 / -13
TOTAL 39 136 40 176 7 / 53 14 / 62 4 4 17 7 / 83

 

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