NFL Draft: OU's Neville Gallimore picked by Dallas Cowboys in the third round
The first two days of the NFL Draft have had a very Sooners feel for the Dallas Cowboys.
After taking OU wide receiver CeeDee Lamb in the first round, the Cowboys picked defensive tackle Neville Gallimore in the third round with the No. 82 overall pick.
Gallimore raised eyebrows at February’s NFL Combine with a 4.79 40-yard dash. He became just one of three defensive linemen to post a sub-4.8 40 since 2006.
Gallimore’s pick — and the first-round pick of linebacker Kenneth Murray by the Los Angeles Chargers — further illustrate the advances the Sooners made defensively last season under defensive coordinator Alex Grinch.
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“I think a lot of guys watch us play, and there’s a lot of games with a lot of dominant defensive performances with basically the same players that we had the year before, and a lot of people took notice,” Sooners coach Lincoln Riley said earlier this week.
Gallimore was one of those players that had his moments before the 2019 season but struggled to find consistency before Grinch’s arrival.
Gallimore fit perfectly into Grinch’s one-gap defense which allowed Gallimore to be more aggressive in the system which required him to be responsible for one hole.
While Gallimore was on the field less than he was the season before, thanks to Grinch’s rotations, he was far more productive.
Gallimore had 30 tackles with four sacks and 7.5 tackles for loss to go along with two forced fumbles.
He earned first-team All-Big 12 honors from the Associated Press as a senior.
The Ottawa, Ontario, native redshirted in 2015 before quickly becoming a fixture on OU’s defensive line in 2016.
He started 38 games during his OU career, totalling 148 tackles and nine sacks.