What makes Gallon’s 7th round selection intriguing, is that he’ll be playing under head coach Bill Belichick and with former Michigan QB Tom Brady in New England.
Belichick has a reputation of making superstars out of tiny receivers. From 2007-12, 5’9, 185 lb., Wes Welker averaged 112 receptions per year before moving on to Denver this past season. In 2013, Julian Edelman took over for Welker and caught 105 passes. Edelman and Welker are you prototypical “possession” receivers.
Gallon most likely will play the slot
Listed by the NFL as only 5’7″, 185, Gallon will likely be Edelman’s understudy for the Patriots where his specialty will be catching passes “underneath” and mounting up first downs.
Considering his 4.45 speed, Gallon may increase his role depending on what Belichick, who’s proven to be a “personnel” genius, cooks up. Tom Brady, who, of course, quarterbacked the Wolverines in the mid-90s, will have plenty in common with Gallon.
Any rookie who can bring more than a single skill to the NFL no doubt has a better chance to make the team. Gallon has returned both punts and kickoffs during his four-year Michigan career.
Another model of consistency and a true possession receiver is Jason Avant, who played for Michigan from 2002-05 and just completed his eighth season with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Over the last four campaigns, Avant had 51, 52 and 53 and 38 receptions.
In fact, Avant just signed a one-year free agent contract with the Carolina Panthers last month.
Of the 53 balls thrown to Avant in 2012, he caught all of them. Now that’s the definition of a possession receiver.
At Michigan, Avant played alongside Braylon Edwards during his sophomore and junior years. By the time he was a senior, he became Michigan’s primary option, earning team MVP honors while catching 82 passes.♦
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