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New York Giants Off the Clock: Fourth-Round Pick Running Back Wayne Gallman, Clemson Tigers
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18 May 2017 01:48 PM EST

-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: Alabama defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson pressures the quarterback. (Image Source: USA TODAY Sports Images)

The New York Giants had six picks in the 2017 NFL Draft, one in each of the first six rounds. As we take the Giants “Off the Clock,” we’ll break down all six of their draft picks, continuing with their fourth-round selection:

Round 4; Pick 34 (140th Overall): RB Wayne Gallman, Clemson

Measurables: At 214 pounds, Gallman is in the average range for a running back, with very good length. He’s 6’0” and has long arms (32 5/8”), however his hands (9 1/8”) are rather small. Gallman’s athletic ability is average at best. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.6 seconds and his 29 ½” vertical jump was one of the worst efforts by a runner. A 10’ broad jump exemplifies some level of explosion but a three-cone time of 7.17 was very disappointing for a back trying to show change of direction quickness.

Skill Set: Not a breakaway threat, but Gallman has some initial burst through the hole when he touches the ball. A physical runner, who can break tackles, and doesn’t shy away from contact. Plays to the whistle and fights for every yard he can get. Can sift through traffic, with the ability to work in tight quarters. He’s very effective in short-yardage situations, moves the chains, and has a nose for the end zone. In addition to his toughness, Gallman also offers ability as a pass catcher coming out of the backfield.

Giants OTC: Needs | Evan Engram | Dalvin Tomlinson | Davis Webb |

Value: ESPN.com ranked Gallman 166th on their big board and NFL.com had him rated as a fourth-fifth round pick. CBSSports.com gave the Clemson man a fourth-round grade and listed him 145th overall. The G-Men called Gallman’s name just about where he was expected to go.    

Need: Considering the Giants finished 29th in the NFL in rushing and the team decided not to bring back leading-rusher Rashad Jennings (team-high 181 carries), running back was a major need heading into the draft.

Mogollon’s Pick: Even though they took Evan Engram in the first round, I would have been surprised to see Michigan’s Jake Butt fall to me with the 140th pick. Maybe it’s overload at tight end but the value would have been too much for me to pass up. It’s not as if the G-Men couldn’t find ways to get both on the field at the same time.

Who Else Did They Pass Up? South Florida’s Marlon Mack (No. 143) is a running back some had rated slightly higher than Gallman who went a few picks later. A pair of very productive college linebackers in Northwestern’s Anthony Walker Jr. (No. 161) and Matt Milano (No. 163) from Boston College were also still on the board. Other tight ends who brought excellent value were Iowa’s George Kittle (No. 146) and Jordan Leggett (No. 150), Gallman’s teammate at Clemson.

NFL Draft OTC: Picks 1-4, 5-8, 9-12, 13-16, 17-20, 21-24, 25-28, 29-32, By State; New York Jets Off the Clock: Off Needs | Def Needs | Jamal Adams | Marcus Maye | ArDarius Stewart | Chad Hansen | Jordan Leggett | Dylan Donahue | Elijah McGuire | Jeremy Clark |

The Fit: The Giants run a spread attack, mostly out of the shotgun, offensive concepts that Gallman is familiar with. He’s also an aggressive, attacking runner, which is something New York’s offense could use in their backfield.  

2017 Outlook & Beyond: Don’t be surprised if Gallman ends up contributing as much or more so than Evan Engram, their first-round selection, this season. As a running back, who has fewer adjustments to make to contribute in the NFL, Gallman figures to be a critical piece of New York’s backfield in 2017. His main competition is second-year runner Paul Perkins, who averaged 4.1 yards per carry last season. The Giants hope the duo will form an effective and inexpensive complementary one-two punch not just this season, but for several years to come.

Daniel Mogollon is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America. He is also a voter for the Thorpe and the Rotary Lombardi Award, as well as the Latino Sports MVP Awards. You can reach him via email: danmogollon@gmail.com.

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