Dynasty League Spotlight: Jeremy Gallon, WR Michigan – 2014 NFL Draft
The Trashman, RosterWatch.com
Weight: 183 pounds
40 yard dash: 4.52 (estimated/reports)
NFL Comparison: Steve Smith
Throughout his career at Michigan, Gallon has accrued virtually every accolade you can thrust upon a football player at his position. In 2011 and 2012, he was Michigan’s leading receiver. In October of last year, he gained 369 yards receiving against Indiana, setting a Big Ten record and putting him second in FBS history behind Troy Edwards who had 405 for Stanford. Gallon also holds the Michigan single season receiving record, besting Braylon Edwards’ 1330 yard mark, with 1373 yards through the air. To top it off, he was voted the team MVP in his final year.
You would think that with numbers like this, Gallon would be more highly touted going into the draft. Currently, he’s ranked only 38th out of 430 receivers by NFLdraftscout.com. His size certainly has something to do with this spot. At 5’8″, it’s going to be tough getting open against the NFL’s formidable corners. He’s not track-star fast in his 40-yard dash either, where he’ll probably post a number through the draft process somewhere in the mid-4.5-range. After watching Gallon’s game tape though, you’d swear he was at least six feet tall – with blinding speed to boot. Gallon goes up and takes the ball out of the air, often leaping high above anyone attempting to defend him. His low center of gravity enables him to stay upright when taking hits, and his football speed is second to none. He maintains that speed over time as well, which makes him seem even faster through the course of games and through the duration of plays. It just looks like Gallon wants the ball more than anybody else on the field.
Gallon would probably be best suited in the NFL as a slot receiver who can return kicks as well. His comparison to veteran receiver Steve Smith is based some on his height, but mostly on his ballhawk mentality on the field. Like Steve Smith, or rather Steve Smith 5 years ago, Gallon is capable of hauling in a high volume of receptions on a regular basis, and he knows how to get those extra yards as well. He can be used like a Percy Harvin, too. Gallon played quarterback and running back in high school, so his versatility can be exploited in the hands of a skilled coordinator. Gallon’s go-getter attitude and past exploits on game day are well worth a dynasty flier despite his small stature.