The Bills defense has ranked in the bottom half of the NFL in yards allowed in six of the past seven years. That includes last year, when Buffalo finished 26th, while allowing a franchise-worst 5,938 yards. The 434 points the Bills allowed were the second-worst in franchise history.
"It wasn't all the pass rush," general manager Buddy Nix said in assessing the Bills' troubles on defense. "We need some help in the secondary. And we've said this before we start this that we'd like to take two corners in the draft, so we got one of them."
In addressing a defensive need, Gailey acknowledged the decision to draft Gilmore was a nod to how much confidence he has in his Ryan Fitzpatrick-led offense.
"I think those guys have earned what they've gotten," Gailey said. "I think they have proven they can make plays."
That doesn't mean the Bills are set on that side of the ball, as Gailey acknowledged the Bills still hope to address needs at left tackle and receiver.
Barring trades, the Bills have nine more picks over the final two days of the draft.