Stephon Gilmore has been named the best cornerback in the NFL, according to his peers, it was announced Monday on the NFL Network.
The South Carolina alumnus (2009-11) was ranked 22nd overall on the NFL’s player-voted “Top 100 Players of 2019” list, the highest spot of any cornerback. The Rock Hill native did not make the Top 100 list last season.
Fellow Gamecock alumni Melvin Ingram (48) and Jadeveon Clowney (63) also made this list.
Gilmore finished the season with 52 tackles, three forced fumbles and four interceptions. He also deflected 22 passes, second most in the NFL. He surrendered more than 50 receiving yards in coverage just once in 16 games, according to Pro Football Focus, which assigned him the highest grade of any cornerback.
Gilmore made arguably the game-changing play in Super Bowl LIII, intercepting a pass late in the fourth quarter that sealed the 13-3 victory for the New England Patriots.
Clowney had 47 total tackles (16 for loss), nine sacks, three fumble recoveries, one forced fumble and one touchdown last season.
Ingram had 43 tackles, an interception and two fumble recoveries last season.