With a hole to fill still on the wide receiver depth chart, the Dallas Cowboys held steady in the third round and drafted Colorado State's Michael Gallup with the 81st pick.
With the 81st overall pick, the @dallascowboys select Colorado State WR Michael Gallup – announced by C Travis Frederick. pic.twitter.com/JyArIVyJ5g
Gallup was a very productive wide receiver at Colorado State who caught 21 touchdown passes over the last two years and averaged more than 1,300 receiving yards per season over 2016 and 2017. Gallup is a 6-1 200lb wide receiver who ran a 4.45 forty-yard dash.
Inside The Star and Slant Sports Staff Writer Kevin Brady did a pre-NFL Draft scouting report on Michael Gallup and I think you'll like what you see.
“When you watch the film, Michael Gallup checks nearly all the boxes. He has strong hands, is very physical, is a smooth route runner who creates easy separation, and has no fears about going over the middle to make plays. Gallup is a really tough player who is rarely brought down by one defensive back. He is strong at the catch point as well, and has some of the most reliable hands of the entire draft class.”
Kevin Brady – Inside The Star and Slant Sports
Michael Gallup was rated as the 64th best player on Jonah Tuls' big board. Here's what he had to say Gallup over at NDTScouting.com.
“I have no problem saying Michael Gallup is one of the most well-rounded receivers in this draft. He has good size, nice athletic tools, strong hands, and creates separation both before and after the catch. There is not this one major flaw with Gallup, and that's why I compared him to a player like Amani Toomer. Gallup may never be the top option for an offense, but if you put him in a secondary role, he will give you consistent production with his ability to beat you in almost any way, whether it is over the top with his speed, or underneath on a slant. Comparison: Amani Toomer”
Jonah Tuls – NDTScouting.com
Here's what Connor Livesay from ProfootballTalkline.com had to say about 32nd rated player on his big board.
“While Michael Gallup isn't elite at anything, he does everything really good. He showed to have a developed route tree, tracks the ball well in the air, and has good soft hands. Gallup isn't overly athletic, but he doesn't use his athletic ability to win. The Colorado State WR uses his physical frame and upper body strength to box out cornerbacks and bullies smaller corners throughout his route. Gallup is going to fit in extremely well for a team looking for a really solid “Z” receiver.”
Connor Livesay – ProfootballTalkline.com
Dane Brugler's scouting report has Gallup as the seventh ranked wide receiver. Here's his summary of the newest Dallas Cowboys' wide receiver.
“A two-year starter at Colorado State, Gallup lined up inside and outside the formation for the Rams and was one of the most productive FBS receivers the past two seasons. He was a hidden gem in the recruiting process because of grades out of high school and then an injury his final year at the JUCO level, recording 100+ receiving yards in 11 of his final 18 games at Colorado State. Gallup is a route technician with advanced pacing based on his coverage reads, finishing with competitive ball skills. Although he lacks multiple gears or breakaway speed, he can stack and separate from cornerbacks, creating passing windows for the quarterback. Overall, there isn't much that distinguishes Gallup from a size/speed standpoint, but he is reliable and understands how to get the most out of his skill-set, which will translate well to the NFL game.”
Dane Brugler – NFLDraftScout.com
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The Dallas Cowboys have reportedly been working to overhaul the offense and make it more “Dak Friendly” and Michael Gallup is a wide receiver that can help the offense move that direction.
Let us know in the comment section what you think of the pick.