The Rimington Trophy finalist, two-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference first-team and 2014 All-American pick made a good impression on scouts this year, jumping up to the third spot at his position on some team draft boards behind Florida State’s Cameron Erving and Oregon’s Hroniss Grasu.
After delivering 14 touchdown-resulting blocks with 73 knockdowns as a junior, the Eagles team captain compiled 92 knockdowns and 12 touchdown-resulting blocks this season, as QB Troy Murphy accounted for 1,079 yards rushing, gaining 751 of those yards behind his center. A model of consistency, his lowest blocking consistency grade during his last 25 games was 80%.
The thing you notice on game film is Andy Gallik’s explosive burst coming off the snap, staying at a good pad level. He makes a thud crashing into his man upon contact and consistently stays on his feet. He executes quick adjustments on the move and does a nice job of positioning. He has that hunger you look for in a trap blocker, as he consistently shows determination to hunt down defenders in space.
Gallik has good explosion off the ball. When he gets to high in his stance, he can be pushed back, but the Eagle is quick to maintain balance and control. He has good size and above average strength, doing a nice job of using leverage, positioning and technique to match up. He has decent feet and short area quickness, along with the lateral quickness to slide and mirror in pass protection.
The senior is very effective at picking up stunts and has good pop and punch, but needs to be more consistent shooting his hands inside his frame (will take some wild swipes). He is at his best when he is uncovered and takes good angles to his blocks. He shows the quickness to reach block and works well with his guards to neutralize the linebackers. He does a good job pulling on trap plays and screens, as he has the speed to easily mirror defenders.
While Gallik lacks sustained speed (timed at 5.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash), he has good explosion off the snap. He has the loose hips to change direction and can flow down the line, showing classic knee bend and plant-&-drive agility to redirect. He shows good balance and a strong base to neutralize the bull rush. He will get a little off balance when working into the second level, but when stationary at the point of attack, he does a good job of using his hands to defeat counter moves.
Gallik has the strength and wide base to hold ground firmly at the point of attack and keeps his hands active to defeat counter moves. He has the keen vision to quickly locate and pick up stunts and flashes good pass set, knee bend and anchor to beat even the quicker defensive tackles. With his kick slide and lateral agility, he could be very effective playing in front of the quarterback at center.
When the Eagles center comes off the snap with his hands on the rise, he is very effective at locking on and walling off the defender. He hits with good force and is effective at clubbing the defender in the head or chop blocking to take the opponents off their feet. His strength can neutralize the bull rushers and he is effective at creating movement and pushing the pile.
Gallik plays with leverage, as he keeps his feet moving upon initial contact and is good at using his hands to move the pile. He has the strength to overpower (29 reps in the bench press at the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine) and controls the action with his quick first step and low pad level to maintain position with a strong base. One area he needs to work on is that he is prone to overextending and lunging at quicker linebackers to compensate for a lack of foot speed. He gets too narrow in his base and crosses his feet when running long distances and is better served working in the short area than on the move.
Andy Gallik NFL Scouting Combine measurables
6-2/306 (5.50 forty)
32 3/4-inch arm length
10 1/4-inch hands
27-inch vertical jump
96-inch broad jump
7.66 3 cone drill
4.48 20 yard shuttle
Dave-Te’ Thomas is a sports writer, talent evaluator and scouting personnel consultant for a majority of teams in the National Football League. Thomas runs a scouting information service called NFL Scouting Services and produces THE NFL Draft Report, a publication provided by league headquarters to the media in preparation for the NFL Draft.
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