The first two rounds played out beautifully for the Cowboys. In the third round, they picked behind the Raiders who had both picks 80 and 81. Fortunately, the Raiders picked two Wide Receivers, allowing the Cowboys to pick from a variety of quality defensive players. They ended up selecting Neville Gallimore, Defensive Tackle out of Oklahoma with the 82nd overall pick.
What He Adds:
Gallimore is a big, athletic defensive lineman who was a top recruit out of Canada back in 2015. He took a few years to develop, but he settled into a productive role in a defensive scheme that allowed him to use his athleticism to get through gaps and attack the backfield. He racked up four sacks and 7.5 tackles for a loss in 2019. Gallimore’s speed is incredible for a person of his size, running a 4.79 40-yard dash while weighing in at 305 pounds. He can use his size and speed to push his way through the line of scrimmage and make plays.
Where Gallimore struggles is his balance and technique. Offensive lineman can sometimes get underneath his pads, pushing him upwards and lessening his power. However, he has a high work ethic and plays through the whistle. His effort has allowed him to make multiple plays that otherwise would have been lost. If the new coaching staff can help him improve, he could become a force on the interior line.
Where He Fits:
Dallas signed Dontari Poe and Gerald McCoy this offseason, both of whom play on the interior line. Gallimore figures to slide into this rotation, developing behind these veteran players as he learns the finer points of the position. He projects to potentially take over as an interior starter as soon as 2021. Hopefully, the two newly acquired veterans can help Gallimore refine his game and make him a threat on the interior for years to come.
Like Trevon Diggs in round two, Gallimore is a high upside pick on the defensive side of the ball. He has the athleticism and physical profile to become an impactful player in the NFL. The question is, can the Cowboys get him there?
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Pick Grade: B