Clemson has been one of the best teams in college football the past couple of seasons as they’ve strung together consecutive College Football Playoff appearances. While many point to Deshaun Watson as the sole reason for their success, they have a very good running back who tends to go overlooked. Speaking of getting overlooked, Gallman doesn’t get the hype of other running backs in such a deep class at the position. Nonetheless, Gallman can do it all out of the backfield and should be a day 2 pick come April.
Name: Wayne Gallman
Class: Junior (RS)
Draft Grade: 3rd Round
Positives: Combines height, a wiry strong frame, and solid bulk in his hips. Solid burst through the line and solid speed when he’s off to the races. Good hip flexibility. Can turn his hips and moves smoothly when changing direction. Can drop the hips a bit and make quick directional changes. Runs hard and will drop the shoulder while churning his feet into contact. Shows good vision and patience. Will put his hand on a lineman’s back and follow the convoy. Recognizes cut-back lanes and will make plays other RB’s can’t see. Strings together moves inside and shows elusiveness in close quarters. A natural pass-catcher. Height and catch radius make him an asset in the passing game. Fumbles do not appear to be an issue. Reliable in pass-protection. Tough. Has an old-school football mentality. Has an edge to him.
Negatives: Narrow frame and is smaller-boned. Because of this his height to weight ratio is not ideal. Has a lean upper-body and calves. Not an ideal build for the position. A taller back who runs upright. Lacks great hip-drop and explosiveness out of cuts. When you combine his frame, upright style and physicality durability becomes a concern. Lacks explosiveness. Breaks off few big plays. Lacks blazing speed and will get tracked down. Pass-protection may become more of an issue at the next level. Very inconsistent pass-blocking technique. Not consistently physical enough.
Outlook: Wayne Gallman is a good prospect with a lot to offer. While Gallman lacks elite physical traits he rounds together a very complete and steady game. While some won’t see an elite trait you cannot overlook Jack-of-all-trades players. As good as Gallman is I don’t see a very high ceiling and worry about his long-term durability. I see him going off the board somewhere near the top of the third round.