Georgia State's Shamarious Gilmore enters the 2022 NFL Draft after making an astounding 60 appearances for the Panthers. Georgia State ran the football at an extremely effective and efficient level while Gilmore manned the left guard position. A picture of durability, Gilmore made 51 consecutive starts to appropriately end his collegiate career. Gilmore recently spoke exclusively with The Draft Network about his stunning and effective five-year career at Georgia State, playing the left guard position, the mentality it takes to effectively run the football, growing up in a household with 13 siblings, and so much more. JM: You enter the 2022 NFL Draft after appearing in 60 career games as a five-year starter at left guard. How do you reflect on your time at Georgia State? SG: It's been an amazing journey. I have to thank our coaching staff and player personnel department. We hired a new staff halfway through my redshirt freshman season. Coach Shawn Elliott came in and I remember sitting down with him and talking about changing the culture at Georgia State. That’s exactly what we did for those five or six years. JM: Coach Shawn Elliott absolutely did that. You’ve also been so durable throughout your career. You leave the Panthers after making 51 consecutive starts. Durability is so important and rare across the offensive line. SG: I feel like it’s probably the most important trait. Availability is your best ability. You have to be able to play. It wasn’t always easy. I had sprained my ankle against Auburn and missed the first quarter of our next game, but I went right back into the lineup when they needed me. I was always there and ready to play. I’ve always had that mentality. You have to fight and push through some things. That’s always been my main thing. JM: You’ve been incredibly healthy. Georgia State ran the ball at such a high level throughout your tenure. The program averaged an astounding 223 rushing yards per game over the past three seasons. You played a large role in that success. Tell me about the mentality it takes to run the ball at such a high level. SG: Running the ball was our bread and butter. The big boys love running the ball. Everybody has to be on the same page if you plan to run the ball successfully. We all have to be on the same page. If even one person messes up, it could throw the play off altogether. We were a tight-knit group. We were lucky to have an offensive line, quarterback, running backs, and receivers that were in sync. You have to be on the same page. I can’t stress that enough. It’s up to us to do our best to execute the play call. Our coaches loved running the ball. They were comfortable putting the game on our backs. I was one of the older guys and I accepted that challenge. We wanted to break our own records. JM: You guys ran the ball so efficiently. Do you see yourself playing the left guard position in the NFL? SG: I see myself playing wherever they need me to play (laughs). I have a lot of snaps at left guard. That’s where I’m most experienced, but I have played a little tackle as well. I feel like I can play center. I just need the reps. I feel like I can perform wherever they need me. JM: You recently participated in the Gridiron Classic all-star game. What was that experience like? SG: That was a great experience. It was very interesting. I enjoyed my time there. It gave me a chance to meet and compete with a lot of players I otherwise wouldn’t have come across, especially prospects on the west coast. It was a very upbeat and uptempo atmosphere. We did everything fast and efficiently. We had a lot of interviews with pro scouts. It gave the scouts a chance to see me in person. They got to know me as a player and person throughout the process. Everything was top-notch out there. I would recommend the event to future prospects. JM: Speaking of those interviews, which teams and scouts did you meet with throughout the process? SG: I feel like my interviews went well. We had a lot of productive discussions during and after practice. I heard a lot from the coaches. I met with scouts from the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers. The Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans had scouts on the field. We had a great chance to interact. JM: That’s excellent. You have 11 sisters and two brothers. What was life like growing up in such a busy household? SG: That’s a great question. Life was busy and entertaining (laughs). There was never a dull moment. Something was always happening in the house. We were 14 kids total with myself included. I was one of the younger siblings so they grew up fast and they got to watch me grow (laughs). They supported me and I’m supporting my two younger siblings right now. It’s a cycle. I’m trying to do for them what my older siblings did for me. I love them all to death. Christmas and Thanksgiving are two big Holidays in our household. We always get together and spend quality time with one another. We had a lot of fun growing up in such a busy household. JM: I bet there was never a dull moment indeed. I’ve really appreciated your time today. Why should a team use one of their draft picks on Shamarious Gilmore? SG: A team should draft Shamarious Gilmore because I represent a safe and healthy option. I’m a durable, nasty offensive lineman. I’m a physical offensive lineman that you want on your team. I’m a smart player that can learn a playbook in an efficient manner. I love spending my time in the film room, in the weight room, and in the meeting room. I’m the prototype, hard-working offensive lineman that you want on your team. I can move around and play all five positions. I feel like I can play tackle, guard, and center. I’ve been dominant in the run game. I’m patient, aggressive, and smart in pass protection. I’m always going to put my best foot forward.
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