Neville Gallimore – DT (Oklahoma)
Heading into the week, many had Oklahoma defensive tackle Neville Gallimore pegged as a fit primarily in a three-man front. His 6-foot-2, 304-pound frame seemed ideally suited to be a nose tackle who would anchor against the run at the pro level.
However, his play during the week of practices at the Senior Bowl changed many opinions on what he can do and what kind of defensive alignment he’d best be suited for.
Gallimore showed an explosive first step that allowed him to blow past his would-be blockers. The big man also displayed violent hands and a plethora of pass-rushing moves. His motor was impressive, as he went 100-mph during every single rep he took.
That being said, Gallimore still probably isn’t an ideal fit at the Vikings’ most glaring need on the defensive line and that is the penetrating three-technique defensive tackle. He would be more of a hybrid. He could anchor against the run and occasionally create interior pressure that gets him in the face of the quarterback, resulting in a sack or him messing up the timing of a play for the offense.
After his performance at the Senior Bowl, Gallimore is now a fringe first-round prospect. Minnesota could consider taking him at pick No. 25 or trade down a few spots and acquire him later in the first round or very early on Day 2.