Inside linebacker Chris Galippo was in and out of the starting lineup for the USC Trojans over his five-year college career. Injuries, a coaching change, and a continual influx of some of the top incoming talent out of high school were the main factors in the lack of playing time.
A 5-star recruit and U.S. Army All-American Bowl selection in his own right in 2007, the 6'1", 241-pound Galippo lacks the size that NFL teams covet from a middle linebacker. Further, his 4.75-second 40-yard dash will also keep him from playing the edge.
That will surely keep him limited to a backup role in the regular rotation and likely relegate him to full time special-teams duty, should the undrafted free agent successfully catch on with the Indianapolis Colts for the 2012-13 season:
What a crazy experience. God is good though. Thankful for the Indianapolis Colts for giving me an opportunity, thats all I can ask for.— Chris Galippo (@ChrisGalippo) April 29, 2012
Galippo relies on his instincts to react quickly to the snap and is generally viewed as a good tackler. This allows him to be around the football on most plays, run or pass. He is good in his pass set and his quick reaction also allows him to make plays all over the field. Galippo is also a good athlete, which allows him to recover from his mistakes.
Galippo's size gives him trouble dealing with inside running plays when he is lined up against bigger offensive linemen coming straight at him. Although a good athlete, he tends to break down in space. Injuries, specifically a herniated disc, severely limited Galippo's development during his college career.
"Galippo possesses all the intangibles an NFL team would want: He's intelligent, studious, hard-working and a vocal leader. Whether his body will hold up to the rigors of pro football at the highest level remains to be seen."