ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - 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 told the Buffalo media he's excited about the opportunity. "I think I am going to be ready. Just keep working hard and doing everything that got me to this point right now. I'm just going in to compete and to compete like I have always been doing."
The Bills made Gilmore the 10th overall pick in the first round. The corner out of South Carolina is excited about coming to Buffalo, "It is a great feeling to be a Buffalo Bill. They have great fans and they picked me at the 10 spot so I am happy to play for them."
After adding defensive ends Mario Williams and Mark Anderson in free agency, the Bills believe they added another key playmaker on defense.
Gilmore did visit Buffalo before the draft and thinks he can fill that role. "They have a great defense and they are just looking for a piece to help them be an even better defense. I hope I am that piece and I am going to come in and work hard, like I said, and make plays to help my team win."
During his visit with the Bills Gilmore liked what he saw from the Buffalo community. "It's a town like where I'm from," said the Rock Hill, South Carolina native. "More of a laid back town. They've got great fans. Fans stick to their football team no matter what and I'm looking forward to coming in and making my fans happy."
Gilmore is schedule to be introduced in Buffalo at a press conference on Friday.