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Dallas Cowboys 2017 NFL Draft Target: RB Wayne Gallman

Sean Martin

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Dallas Cowboys 2017 NFL Draft Target: RB Wayne Gallman

If the Dallas Cowboys offense wants to remain dominant with their young core of Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott in 2017 and beyond, they will need to address some needs and add depth in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Whether you want to admit it or not, running back is one of these needs, and Clemson's Wayne Gallman makes a ton of sense as a high-value back in a deep class of talented runners.

Gallman, a three-down back, could be well worth a priority draft pick by the Cowboys this April - here is why.

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Not reliant on any one trait to produce in this Clemson spread offense, Gallman shows NFL potential with his shiftiness, power, and open field speed.

This film clip and quote comes from my full scouting report on Clemson RB Wayne Gallman at Slant Sports, displaying how dangerous Gallman can be in the open field. The Cowboys' offensive line obviously routinely springs backs to the second level of a defense and onto the edge - both areas that Gallman can do some damage.

Gallman shows a good understanding of when to simply put his head down and fight for the yards ahead of him and when he can spring the play outside of the tackles.

Wayne Gallman's vision is certainly not elite, but he does make the right decisions in a hurry when given the types of clear running lanes you can expect to see in Dallas. Whoever backs up Ezekiel Elliott in 2017 is likely going to have an even more marginal role than Alfred Morris or Darren McFadden, as Zeke should come off the field far less in year two.

Even still, it helps to have another potential three-down player like Gallman on the depth chart at running back, and that's what the Cowboys could be looking at in this versatile prospect.

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Wayne Gallman doesn't break a ton of tackles or make a ton of defenders miss, but he always takes what the defense gives him and finishes while looking for big play opportunities. Most of his flash plays came on the outside zone runs that Cowboys' Offensive Coordinator Scott Linehan consistently dials up, and Gallman can also help the Cowboys offense wear down defenses with his power on interior runs.

Wayne Gallman consistently hits the hole hard and with a low center of gravity, allowing him to turn seemingly lost plays into difference-making gains on early downs.

The next question with Gallman and his fit with the Dallas Cowboys is his ability to protect Dak Prescott, which he shows the willingness to do - despite some questionable technique.

It is likely that some NFL scouts will give Gallman a low grade in pass protection, despite him not giving up many pressures or sacks. Ideally, his technique needs a complete rework, as lunging at blockers and throwing his body around recklessly at times will not fare well at the next level.

I do think that Gallman's "struggles" in pass protection are more than fixable, as he displays an incredible willingness to seek out contact and take on blitzers. There isn't a formation or check involving the running back in this Dallas offense that Wayne Gallman cannot execute - as he was asked to perform in a spread offense at Clemson that didn't even perfectly suit his style.

...I wanted to see him run in a more pro-style offense. With that said, he found ways to be productive and execute what was asked of him...

Wayne Gallman likely isn't going to be a star in the NFL, but his ceiling is certainly as a productive RB1. With the top RB spot on the depth chart eaten up for the foreseeable future by Ezekiel Elliott, Gallman's role in the silver and blue would only benefit him even more - as would his scheme fit and blockers in front.

With the ability to keep him fresh throughout the game and unleash a two-headed rushing attack of Elliott and Gallman, the Cowboys would easily have the most physical, versatile, and complete running back duo in the NFL - thanks to this Clemson Tigers product that earned a second round grade on my 2017 NFL Draft Board.

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Adding the big stage success of a National Championship win over Alabama to impress Will McClay and the Cowboys scouting department paired with the grittiness to quickly become a Jason Garrett "Right Kind of Guy", Cowboys Nation shouldn't be upset at all if a high draft pick is spent on Wayne Gallman.

Tell us what you think about "Dallas Cowboys 2017 NFL Draft Target: RB Wayne Gallman" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!



Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and wmscradio.com every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.

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3 Comments
  • Randy Martin

    While I think anyone would agree we will need to draft a RB I believe using a 2nd round is too high given our needs. I believe there are a handful of good options like a Darius Jackson type available in the 6th. I would not like to see Gallman, while I think he will be a good back, drafted by our Cowboys that early.

    • https://InsideTheStar.com Sean Martin

      I think there’s a chance Gallman slips into the third, but I understand your thinking on not wanting to use that high of a pick at RB. Will be interesting to see what they actually do to address the position.

      • Randy Martin

        It’s my hope that they let Dunbar walk, sign McFadden to a cheap 1 year contract and release Morris and then draft the backup. McFadden wants to stay and I think he will sign for less to stay vs. looking for more money elsewhere.

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Have the Dallas Cowboys Overcome Their 2nd-Round Curse?

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Have the Dallas Cowboys Overcome Their 2nd-Round Curse?

You may not be aware or maybe you've simply forgotten, but the Dallas Cowboys have struggled drafting players in the 2nd-round who can come in and contribute. Typically players drafted this highly are not only immediate contributors as a rookie, but are cornerstone players for years to come. That hasn't been the case for the Cowboys.

I don't know where you stand, but I was beginning to think the Dallas Cowboys were cursed with their 2nd-round draft picks. I know this was an area where they would gamble on players for some reason or another, but unfortunately it never really paid off. Hopefully, things are changing for the better.

Let's take a look back at past drafts to see what I'm talking about.

Past 2nd-Round Draft Picks Dating Back to 2006:

2018 Connor Williams
2017 Chidobe Awuzie
2016 Jaylon Smith
2015 Randy Gregory
2014 DeMarcus Lawrence
2013 Gavin Escobar
2012 (no selection) used to trade for Morris Claiborne
2011 Bruce Carter
2010 Sean Lee
2009 (no selection) traded out of 2nd-round
2008 Martellus Bennett
2007 (no selection) used to trade back into 1st for Anthony Spencer
2006 Anthony Fasano

You may be wondering why I decided to start all the way back in 2006. Well, I believe that's when the 2nd-round draft picks curse started for the Dallas Cowboys.

Anthony Fasano ended up having a solid career in the NFL, but he never lived up to his draft status as a former 2nd-round draft pick. The same can be said for Martellus Bennett, Gavin Escobar, and Bruce Carter. Shed a tear for them if you want, but I'd put them in the "bust" category.

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Dallas Cowboys LB Sean Lee

The sad truth is, Sean Lee is the only 2nd-round draft pick on this list to ever see a second contract with the Dallas Cowboys. Although, I guess you can include DeMarcus Lawrence since he will be playing under the franchise tag in 2018. But, that's still not a very good hit percentage in the 2nd-round for more than a decade. Luckily, it looks as if things are changing.

DeMarcus Lawrence might end up being another "hit" for the Cowboys. It may have taken him four years to reach his potential, but there's no denying how dominant he was last season. If he can maintain that dominance this season, he could be looking at a big payday from the Cowboys.

The Dallas Cowboys took a risk on the next two players they drafted after D-Law. They knew Randy Gregory had his off the field issues, but were willing to take a chance on his talent in the 2nd-round. That has yet to pay off, but Gregory has a chance to rebound now that it looks as if he has his life back in order.

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Dallas Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith

The Cowboys took another risk in the following draft when they drafted Jaylon Smith. No one knew if he would ever be able to play again after the devastating knee injury he sustained in his final collegiate game, but it's looking as if he could make a full recovery and return to his pre-injury form. Year 3 will be big for him, but he could end up being an absolute steal.

Fortunately, the Cowboys 2017 and 2018 2nd-round draft picks (Chidobe Awuzie and Connor Williams) look to be cornerstone players for years to come. That's what you're looking for in players drafted this highly.

I say all of this because it's really looking like the Dallas Cowboys have finally broken their 2nd-round curse. Maybe it's a change in draft philosophy or maybe it's because Will McClay's voice carries more weight in the draft room, but it's definitely good news for the future of the franchise. Hopefully it continues.

Do you think the Dallas Cowboys 2nd-round curse has ended?



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Cowboys Draft Class: How Many Will Be Starters In 2018?

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2018 NFL Combine: 3 LBs Who Impressed
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The Dallas Cowboys have been showered with praise by most national NFL media outlets for their 2018 NFL Draft class. NFL.com graded the Cowboys as having the 2nd best class in the league, and most other analysts have agreed that the team had a strong showing.

But now, of course, it's time to see what these new players will actually do on the field. Some are hoping the team found 3-5 new starters for the 2018 roster, but history would suggest that is pretty rare.

Dallas' 2016 draft class has been lauded as one of the best in the last decade, especially considering they look to have found their franchise quarterback in round four. That strong class only features four full-time starters heading into 2018, but we have to wonder if that's the outlier and not the norm.

Still, as we look back and examine this 2018 draft class it really appears they have found three day one starters in the first three rounds.

First round pick Leighton Vander Esch is expected to be the starting MIKE linebacker this season, with former second round selection Jaylon Smith moving to SAM. Vander Esch wasn't my favorite option at 19, but he is certainly starter-worthy in this Cowboys LB corps.

On day two the Cowboys added OL Connor Williams and WR Michael Gallup, two of my personal favorite picks of their entire class. Williams should be the starting LG week 1 of the season, and Michael Gallup may overtake Allen Hurns as the most productive WR on the roster by year's end.

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DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 1: DUPLICATE***Colorado State Rams wide receiver Michael Gallup (4) picks up a few yards after catch as Colorado Buffaloes defensive back Isaiah Oliver (26) comes in for the tackle during the first quarter on September 1, 2017 in Denver, Colorado at Sports Authority Field. (Photo by John Leyba/The Denver Post)

What about the rest of the class?

Dorance Armstrong will probably have too much competition to start at defensive end this season, but he should be an interesting rotational pass rusher. TE Dalton Schultz has the chance to surprise some people, but overtaking Geoff Swaim as the "starter" would be unexpected.

After that, the player with the best chance to make the team and contribute early on might be Boise State WR Cedrick Wilson. Wilson was a late day-two, early day-three pick to me so snagging him in the sixth round should provide incredible value to this roster. That wide out room is getting very crowded, though, so Wilson has his work cut out for him heading into camp.

How many of the Cowboys' 2018 draft picks will be starters in 2018? Let us know what you think in the comment section below.



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Did the Dallas Cowboys Find 4 Starters in the 2018 NFL Draft?

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Did the Dallas Cowboys Find 4 Starters in the 2018 NFL Draft?

One of the many winners of the 2018 NFL Draft were, without a doubt, the Dallas Cowboys. Not only did they addressed some of the team's most pressing needs, but they managed to draft very talented, capable players beyond the first round.

Cowboys Nation had to feel better about the rookie class the front office walked away with, specially after the second day of the Draft. Just like last year, they managed to find steals in the second and third rounds. In 2017, they did so with Cornerbacks Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis. Now, they stayed put at their original picks and walked away with OL Connor Williams and WR Michael Gallup.

But first things first. In the eyes of many, Leighton Vander Esch wasn't worth the 19th overall pick. While I do agree that Vander Esch was a questionable selection, the Cowboys fixed arguably their most concerning position of all. As much as it pains to admit it, Sean Lee has yet to play an entire NFL season and Jaylon Smith was pretty much the only other capable starter on the roster.

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Although Vander Esch needs to develop a ton before reaching his full potential. he's a week 1 starter and an early contributor for this defense. Whether it felt like a "reach" or not, the Cowboys took a starter in the Boise State linebacker.

Later, the Cowboys managed to add an arguably first-round talent with pick #50 to plug-and-play along the offensive line. Texas OL Connor Williams was also seen as a tackle prospect, but he'll likely start at guard for Dallas as a rookie.

Since Ron Leary left for Denver, the left guard spot hasn't been as stable. Jonathan Cooper did a decent job filling that spot, but with Williams taking his place, the Cowboys dominance in the trenches will finally return. Playing next to All-Pros Tyron Smith and Travis Frederick, Connor Williams might become the best rookie in this class for the Cowboys.

One can't simply say the team found a "replacement" for Dez Bryant since he's a special player and with a very specific skill set, but Michael Gallup from Colorado State has the potential to become the team's WR1 pretty soon.

In the team's effort to build a Dak-friendly offense, Gallup is a crafty and smooth route-runner who has what it takes to play in any spot of the offense. His skill-set will allow him to play anywhere on the field and become Dak's favorite target in a year in which Jason Witten and Dez Bryant will no longer be lining up on his squad.

Taken in the first three rounds, Vander Esch, Williams and Gallup will be unquestionable starters. The question, however, is who else could become a starter for the Cowboys? Who could line up and start in week 1?

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Even though it definitely isn't as certain as the other three rookies, I'm betting on Dalton Schultz to be a more important starter than we imagine. Listen, maybe it's not an ideal scenario to have the TE from Stanford start in week 1, but it could be necessary.

The Rico Gathers Adventure might just be over before it starts and Geoff Swaim and Blake Jarwin may not be anything special. In college, Schultz was pretty good at run blocking. In the Cowboys' offense, led by one of the best running backs in the league, Ezekiel Elliott, Schultz may be able to find success earlier than expected.

Besides, he has what it takes to catch passes in the NFL and although he certainly won't be the flashiest, he could be enough to give Dak Prescott a reliable tight end.

Dalton Schultz could be the surprise of this Draft for Dallas. He'll probably become a starter at some point in the season and for a fourth-round pick, that's a very good thing to say.

For a front office that's constantly bashed by Cowboys Nation, their job at this year's NFL Draft was a pretty good one. Now it's just a matter of time to find out which picks were as good as we originally thought.

Tell me what you think about "Did the Dallas Cowboys Find 4 Starters in the 2018 NFL Draft?" in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!



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