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Gilmore, who opted to bypass his senior season and enter the NFL draft early, could be one of the top cornerbacks picked in the April draft following an impressive three-year career with the Gamecocks. He finished with eight interceptions, four forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries and capped his collegiate career picking off a pass in South Carolina's 30-13 victory over Nebraska in the 2012 Capital One Bowl. Gilmore, who will not turn 21 until September, had an impressive workout at the NFL combine in February and likely solidified his spot as an early round pick. Among cornerbacks, he was second in the 20-yard shuttle (3.94 seconds), third in the 40-yard dash (4.4), fourth in the 3-cone drill (6.61) and 60-yard shuttle (11.15), seventh in the broad jump (10 feet, 3 inches) and tied for eighth in the vertical jump at 36 inches. Those results came as no surprise - he is an outstanding athlete who was a three-year starter at South Carolina. A freshman all-SEC pick by league coaches as a freshman, Gilmore was a first-team all-conference pick by SEC coaches and a third-team AP All-American following a junior season when he recorded 79 tackles, three sacks, six tackles for loss, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Gilmore excels in zone coverage but will have to work on identifying routes in the NFL. His above-average footwork, size and ability to jam at the line of scrimmage should shorten his learning curve and make him a borderline first-round pick.