Neville Gallimore Scouting Report By Charlie Campbell
Dangerous interior pass-rusher
Quick off the ball
Able to penetrate the backfield consistently
Good pursuit defender
Good leverage to get underneath guards
Gets tied up by length and mass
Could have issues defending downhill runs coming straight at him
Doesn't have the length to be a 3-4 end
Doesn't have the size to be a nose tackle in 3-4 or 4-3
Limited to three-technique only
Short arms - 32.88 inches
Summary: Oklahoma has produced some good defensive tackles over the past decade, and Gallimore will keep that tradition alive in 2020. He broke out in 2018 as a steady interior defensive lineman for the Sooners. The junior totaled 50 tackles with 5.5 tackles for a loss, three sacks, two forced fumbles and one pass batted on the year. As a senior, he showed improvement as a pass-rusher while not providing as much of an impact in the ground game while recording 30 tackles, four sacks and two forced fumbles in 2019. Gallimore went on to have a good week of practice at the Senior Bowl, showing the ability to win pass-rushing one-on-ones and put pressure on the quarterback.
For the NFL, Gallimore is limited to being a 4-3 three-technique defensive tackle. but he is a natural at that role. Gallimore has interior pass-rush ability from his quick first step off the ball and his twitchy athleticism that lets him penetrate the backfield consistently. Gallimore is a threat to line up over the outside shoulder of the guard and fire past him to collapse the pocket quickly. As a pro. Gallimore has the potential to produce some solid sack numbers and pressures for an interior defensive lineman.
Gallimore is at his best in run defense when he fires his gap and causes havoc in the backfield to disrupt runs. With his size and length limitations, Gallimore will have a hard time holding his ground against runs coming straight at him. He can get tied up by mass and length, so he is not a fit as a 3-4 end, a 3-4 nose tackle or a 4-3 nose tackle. Gallimore could start out his career as a designated pass-rusher on the inside while developing his run defense in hopes of becoming a three-down starter.
In the 2020 NFL Draft, Gallimore is likely to be a third-round pick. He could sneak into the second round, and probably won't slide out of the fourth round.
Player Comparison: Grady Jarrett. Gallimore's size, skill set, and limitations are similar to Jarrett. Jarrett was a fifth-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, while Gallimore should go a round or two higher this year.