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Old 04-05-2012, 01:36 AM   #28
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Default Re: Official 2012 ISH NFL Mock Draft

With the 23rd Pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, The Detroit Lions Select:

Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina - 6'1/193



The Lions biggest need is CB, and Gilmore is the best available CB here. He has all the tools to become a shut down corner, he just needs polishing. The Lions desperately need to get a great talent in that secondary, and Gilmore could turn into a stud. Lions also need a OT and DE but they will address those needs in later rounds.

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Pros:

Plus size for a CB
Extremely aggressive
Excellent blitzing off the corner
Played mostly zone at South Carolina, but has the strength to jam at LOS effectively
Shows great play recognition
Very fluid, stays with the WR
Intelligent; Doesn’t get outsmarted on routes or play action,reverses, etc
Good ball skills in the air; Solid hands
Added value as a returner
Solid tackler
Fights off downfield blockers with ease
Solid character

Cons:

Not the fastest, nor does he posses Elite quickness
Technique needs some coaching; Backpedal can be sloppy
Above-average ball skills, but not on the level as Claiborne or Kirkpatrick
His instincst after the WR makes his breaks are lacking at times
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