Michael Gallup, WR
School: Colorado State | Conference: Mountain West
College Experience: Senior | Age: 21
Height / Weight: 6-1 / 200 lbs
Projected Draft Status: 3rd Round
NFL Comparison: Tyler Boyd
Michael Gallup just wants an opportunity to prove he belongs. He wanted to prove he could play division 1 football in junior college - he did. Gallup was a finalist for the Biletnikoff award after a prolific season showing his skills in the PAC 12 but also in contests featuring top defensive talent such as Alabama and Boise State. Now Gallup wants to prove he belongs in the NFL. The first step is coming in a few weeks when Gallup will take the field at the Senior Bowl.
Gallup is a well-built receiver who uses his size to win and exploit matchups. He’s a good athlete who can stretch the field and most importantly he’s a natural at catching the football. At this point in the year, I regret I don’t have the ancillary statistics like success per route run, drop rate, etc to paint a more complete picture of Gallup’s strengths and weaknesses. He primarily operates on the boundary but also ran a non-trivial amount of drag, and crossing routes at Colorado State. He has a lot to work on namely his route running and blocking but even with his raw talent Gallup should confidently grow into a top WR2 in the right situation.
- Good size, strength, and athleticism for the position. Not a burner but uses strength and a quick first step to his advantage. Has enough speed to stretch the field.
- Uses his body to shield the ball and uses his hands to catch it. Usually wins contested throws.
- Tough will fight off the LOS and not afraid to run collision routes without first catching the ball.
- Ability to catch the ball his best trait.
- Route running needs lots of polish.
- Run blocking leaves a lot to be desired and he needs to get with a coach that will teach him to do it properly.
- No elite athletic traits.
Let’s see his work:
Michael Gallup, PFF's 2017 highest graded receiver. pic.twitter.com/mIhST8md2F— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) January 6, 2018
Credit to @jake_burns18 for this cut up. Michael Gallup checks all the boxes in this video:— Cagen Cantrell (@CeeingTheDraft) January 8, 2018
•High pointing the ball
•looking in passes with eyes & hands#WR2 pic.twitter.com/3y4LBQe0su
How He Would Fit On The Redskins
I can definitely see Michael Gallup at the Z receiver in this offense. There is a valid argument to be made about the Redskins needing a true speedster to help open up the offense. However, I don’t think inserting Desean Jackson 2.0 into the lineup will solve the offensive woes we saw this season. I honestly believe that if Kirk returns in the second year of Jay Gruden playcalling the chemistry and trust in the WRs (in Josh Doctson, in particular) will improve exponentially. Though it's technically correct that Doctson will be entering his 3rd year, objectively it will be just his second season playing in health. What Doctson needs is a running mate like Gallup to help take the spotlight off him and provide support.
Though Gallup is not a speedster (I suspect he'll run similar to Doctson maybe a little faster) he does provide a compliment as more of a possession type guy which would allow Doctson to do what he does best (go vertical and stretch the field) as well as Crowder who exploits the middle and underneath of the field. Gallup will require fan patience. He does need some refinement from the coaching staff on his route running and he needs a better effort in his pass blocking. Nevertheless, he has all the skills and the resume to back it up to significantly contribute to the passing attack.