A Wayne Gallman scouting report, analysis, and breakdown, as Campus Insiders takes a closer look at the film from the Clemson Tigers’ star running back.
Wayne Gallman’s Measurables
- Height: 6’0″
- Weight: 215 lbs
- Position: Running Back
- College: Clemson Tigers
- Arm Length: 32 5/8″
- Hand Size: 9 1/8″
- 40-Yard Dash: 4.60 seconds
- Vertical: 29.5″
- Broad Jump: 120″
- Bench: 21 reps
- Shuttle: 4.28 seconds (20-yard)
- Three-Cone: 7:17 seconds
Wayne Gallman’s Strengths
Immediately, what pops off the film for Wayne Gallman is his elusiveness and shiftiness within tight spaces. Few Power Five running backs were as great at slashing through narrow gaps as he was during his career at Clemson. That’s exactly why he succeeded on inside zone plays for the Tigers — his ability to see some daylight, get skinny and slide through the hole. You’re not going to get a lower-the-shoulder mentality from Gallman. The mindset for him is to cut out and cut up while dancing away from tacklers.
The initial burst and acceleration are outstanding. That helps him fight through arm tackles close to the line of scrimmage, and whenever hit in the backfield, he’ll keep his legs churning and turn a loss of yards into no gain. Most NFL teams would love to have a tailback who embraces the contact like Gallman does, and they certainly want a decisive runner like he is between the tackles.
There doesn’t seem to be much of a problem with his ability to identify pass rushers. If you keep him back to pick up a blitzer, he usually sees it and adjusts fairly quickly.
Wayne Gallman’s Weaknesses
On cause for concern is the height he runs with. Gallman has the tendency to run too high, which affects his balance and his ability to keep his footing when fighting through tackles. Often, you’ll see him come tumbling down after taking a hit. Instead, you’d like to see him keep a wider base, use his upper body to absorb those hits, and pick up a few more yards after contact.
Even though he identifies blitzing linebackers and edge rushers quite well, his technique can be greatly improved upon. Most of the time, Gallman will simply hurl himself at his assignment, whether with a chop block or throwing his shoulder at his man. If he can get stronger and learn to absorb and re-direct, he’ll become a much more reliable pass blocker. A lot of work needs to be done in that area.
Right away, Gallman can serve as an effective change-of-pace tailback. Don’t be afraid to use him in shotgun situations or without a fullback in the backfield. While he would be a valuable ball carrier in power sets and on inside zone runs, Gallman has the vision and awareness to move laterally and turn up through a hole. Don’t hesitate to toss it to him on a pitch and let him bust one down the sideline. Chances are he’ll cut back and up to pick up a first down.
With as deep as this running back class is, the ship on him being a first-round pick sailed a long time ago. But don’t be surprised if he’s gone by the end of Round 2. Tampa Bay at pick No. 50 would be an interesting spot. That is if the Carolina Panthers, Philadelphia Eagles and Minnesota Vikings pass on him with their second round picks. All four would benefit from picking Gallman, though.
Games Watched For Scouting
- Auburn (W 19-13) – 9/3/16
- Louisville (W 42-36) – 10/1/16
- Florida State (W 37-34) – 10/29/16
- South Carolina (W 56-7) – 11/26/16
- Alabama (W 35-31) – 1/9/17