Darren Woodson, a former All-Pro safety and current analyst at ESPN, thinks that Stephon Gilmore is an "alpha dog" at cornerback.
Woodson talked with Ty Dunne of The Buffalo News and praised the Buffalo Bills cornerback, calling him a "top six cornerback."
“I think he’s a physically gifted player," Woodson said. "I’ve talked to one of the scouts out there that I’ve known for a long time and he says he’s really smart, he’s highly intelligent. He has a really good feel for the game and a high football IQ out there on the edge as far as learning splits and all that. But I see him as one of those technicians in press mode. He’s long enough and smart enough to control a wide receiver. And he does a great job of anticipating routes.”
In 12 games this season, Gilmore recorded 36 total tackles, three interceptions and 21 passes defensed. Despite missing four games, Gilmore finished 11th in the league in passes defensed this year and was recognized by Pro Football Focus as a top 10 cornerback:
Buffalo picked up their fifth year option on Gilmore back in April and the cornerback is in line to make over $11 million next season. Trying to find a way to keep Gilmore may be difficult considering Buffalo's cap situation but top tier cornerbacks are hard to find, especially ones that get compared to HOF legends. During Dunne's talk with Woodson, the former safety even compared Gilmore to Deion Sanders for his study skills and intelligence. Buffalo may have to get creative to find a way to sign Gilmore long-term this offseason or next, but he's not the type of player you should let walk away.
You can read Dunne's entire piece here: Former All-Pro Darren Woodson sees some Deion in Bills CB Stephon Gilmore