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Jeremy Gallon NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report for Patriots WR
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Jeremy Gallon, WR, Michigan (HT: 5'7½", 185 lbs)

New England Patriots

Seventh Round: 244th Pick  

Combine Weigh-In
Height Weight Arms Hands
5074 185 29 1/2" 9 3/8"

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Combine Workout
40-Yard Dash 10-Yd Split Vertical Broad Jump 3-Cone Drill Shuttle
4.49 1.52 DNP DNP DNP DNP

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Positives

  • A tough receiver considering his size, he won't back down from a physical battle with bigger cornerbacks. 
  • Runs hard after the catch, an attribute which shows his background as a high school running back. 
  • Capable of making the first defender miss when he's in the open field.
  • A reliable route-runner who can do all the little things to help make up for his lack of size. 
  • Does a great job adjusting to the zone and finding ways to give his quarterback an open target. 
  • Very reliable hands on uncontested catches; he shows the focus necessary to avoid bad drops.
  • Shows impressive balance when working along the sideline.
  • Has experience returning kickoffs and punts.
  • Extremely durable, playing in 51 games during his career at Michigan.
  • Elite production in college; he holds Michigan single-season receiving yards record and Big Ten record for receiving yards in a game.

 

Negatives

  • Lacks the elite speed and athleticism to make up for his lack of size. 
  • Doesn't have the quick footwork to lose more athletic cornerbacks in coverage and lacks the speed to run away from them when he is able to force a misstep in coverage.
  • Capable of making one defender miss in the open field but lacks the quickness and change-of-direction ability to put together multiple moves to make something out of nothing. 
  • Lacks the speed necessary to run away from defenders; he gets caught from behind too often.
  • Doesn't have the size to compete for balls in traffic, which will become a more significant issue at the next level when he struggles to create space on a consistent basis. 
  • Rarely comes down with 50/50 balls due to a combination of lack of size and modest leaping ability.
  • Struggles to release against press coverage and lacks the speed to make cornerbacks afraid of getting beat deep when they play him tight.
  • Production as a senior was primarily due to being the only option in Michigan's offense; he led team with 89 receptions, 40 more than anyone else and 73 more than the next best wide receiver.

 

Collegiate Statistics
Year School Rec Yards Yds/Rec TD
2010 Michigan 4 49 12.3 1
2011 Michigan 31 453 14.6 3
2012 Michigan 49 829 16.9 4
2013 Michigan 89 1373 15.4 9

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Personal Notes

  • Named team MVP in 2013.
  • Second-team All-Big Ten in 2013 and honorable mention in 2012.
  • Played running back and quarterback in high school.
  • Ranked No. 11 receiver in nation coming out of high school by Rivals.com.

 

Ratings Chart

Chart created at nces.ed.gov

 

 

Overall

Gallon made a name for himself with some record-setting performances in 2013, but it's hard not to chalk it up to simply being in the right system at the right time. Gallon's ability to stick on an NFL roster will likely rest with his special teams skills. He probably lacks the pure speed to return kicks, but he has enough athleticism to potentially win a job returning punts.

If he can lock up a job on special teams, he offers enough promise as a fourth or fifth option in the passing game to stick around in the league. 

 

Draft Projection: 7th Round-UDFA

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