The Cowboys finally addressed their glaring hole at wide receiver by selecting Colorado State wide receiver Michael Gallup with the 81st overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Gallup was a player we here at FPC Cowboys identified as a perfect fit for Dallas back in February – before Dez Bryant was even cut. Here is some of what we had to say about the newest Cowboy a few months ago.
2014: 780 yards 11 TDs (Butler Community College)
2015: Injured – transferred to Colorado State after the season.
2016: 76 rec. 1,272 yards 14 TDs
2017: 100 rec. 1413 yards 7 TDs
Gallup transferred to Colorado State in 2016 and wasted little time making his impact felt. He steadily improved throughout the course of his junior season, finishing the campaign with six total touchdowns in his last two games.
Carrying the momentum of the 2016 season into 2017, Gallup began his senior season with an 11 catch, 134-yard performance. He would go on to have three more double-digit reception games highlighted by a 13 catch, 263 yards, 3 touchdown game.
Profile and Fit
At 6’1″ 200 pounds, Gallup has a nice frame for the wideout position with the ability to play both outside and in the slot. With Cole Beasley and Ryan Switzer already on the roster, the Cowboys can not afford to add another slot specific type receiver. Pre-combine scouting reports seem to suggest that a lack of top-end speed will keep Gallup out of the first round. This could end up benefiting the Cowboys because despite lacking elite traits, Gallup may be the best overall wide receiver in this class.
Clearly, we were fans of Gallup back then, and getting him a round later than expected is just icing on the cake. Dallas has done a tremendous job on the first two days of the draft of filling their major holes with Leighton Vander Esch, Connor Williams and now Michael Gallup. If the Cowboys don’t trade back into the third round, they will next pick twice in round four.
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