2020 Packers Draft Prospect Profile
Name: Neville Gallimore
Position: Interior Defensive Lineman
School: Oklahoma University
Weight: 304 pounds
First of all, mobility is the element that most stands out in Gallimore’s game. Multiple times on tape he surprised me (and the offensive line) with this first step quickness. That quickness allows Gallimore to get the offensive lineman off balance before shooting the gap to collapse the pocket. He has super nimble feet that, combined with his quickness, can be a nightmare to try and stop. Often used in stunts to great effect, as few offensive linemen were able to adjust to how quickly a man of his size moved.
Nothing outstanding to note in this area, positive or negative. Gallimore definitely relies more on his mobility to disrupt the pocket, which plays more to his abilities. He does, however, possess a strong anchor so as not to be overwhelmed by double-teams. What Gallimore may lack in power he makes up for in effort, seemingly never giving up on the play.
While Gallimore doesn’t have exceptional length, he does have excellent hand placement This allows him to shed blockers with a variety of moves and makes him much harder to stop. Furthermore, Gallimore possesses phenomenal fluidity for a man of his size. He uses that fluidity to slip through gaps at the point of attack. Gallimore uses several pass-rushing moves and counters, making him a headache to stop on every snap. Also, he is great at exploding out of his stance to gain ground quickly. His tackling radius is impacted by his lack of length, but if he gets his mitts on you, you’re going down.
Playing as a read-and-react defensive lineman isn’t playing to his strengths. Gallimore is at his best when he is let loose on a stunt or twist to penetrate and disrupt the pocket. Often times, his assignment at Oklahoma would be to attack the center at an angle and rip through the A-gap before attempting to locate the ball. His numbers aren’t super impressive, but he helped keep the second level of the defense clean to make plays against the run.
Why Gallimore for the Packers?
Gallimore projects best to a nose tackle role in the NFL, an area already occupied to Kenny Clark on the Packers defense. However, adding a player of Gallimore’s caliber would lighten the load on Kenny Clark and help him to see fewer double-teams. The two could certainly become a dynamic pairing. Gallimore is a more dynamic interior pass rusher than prototypical run stuffer. He is, however, already a stout presence against the run and he possesses all the tools to continue developing in that area. Adding Gallimore alongside Clark and the Smith “brothers” could become one of the most vaunted defensive fronts in the NFL.
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