Wayne Gallman doesn’t get the attention that some of the top running backs in the draft have gotten having played with Deshaun Watson and Mike Williams Clemson, but the reigning national champion and two-time All-ACC selection is a very feasible option for the Giants and their running back need.
Gallman set Clemson’s single-season rushing record with 1,527 yards in 2015 and ran for just over 1,000 in 2016. He accelerates quickly through gaps, running through arm tackles and second-level defenders.
Gallman, who stands at 6 feet and weighs 215 pounds, does a great job of keeping his feet churning through contact and lowers his shoulders effectively to break through would-be tacklers.
He has the ability to cut and bounce his runs to the outside, avoiding containing defensive ends while hitting a second gear to get up the sideline in a hurry. He’s a nasty runner, especially in the end zone, and his 28 touchdowns show that he can always be relied on when his team is down in the red zone.
On the downside, Gallman tends to run with a high pad level overall, and his vision and cutting ability suffers when running between the tackles. He also lacks the patience to let lead blocks pan out for him, and is a project when it comes to pass protection.
Overall, Gallman is an underrated back in a top-heavy class that could use his low stock as motivation at the next level. He runs with a nice mix of speed and power, but lacks the ability to improvise when the unexpected happens.
Gallman should peak the Giants’ interest, as he’s a player that appears to be more of a backup at this point, and therefore could be a nice compliment to Paul Perkins.
In time, he’s a player that could develop into a solid starter in the right system.