Blake Gallagher - 4-3 Outside Linebacker Northwestern Wildcats Scouting Report

Scouting report for NFL Draft prospect Blake Gallagher
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BLAKE GALLAGHER | Northwestern | OB | #51 | Sr | 5116 | 228 | Raynham, MA | Saint Sebastian’s | 06.01.98

Overview: 

A three-year starter and four-year contributor, Gallagher lined up as the WILL for the Wildcats defense. In this role, he was physical with wideouts crossing his path in zone, bumping them off their routes. Despite being undersized, Gallagher has strong hands and the ability to disengage from blockers using his violence at times. A slow processor at the second level, he predetermines what he will do before the play starts and is unable to adjust when he guesses wrong. Misdirection at the mesh point often fools him and he can lose ball-carriers behind the line causing him to be out of position filling run lanes. Gallagher lacks twitch and is stiff in space, which prevents him from sticking with athletic opponents in coverage. This also hurts his tackling as he can’t adjust pursuit angles, allowing sudden ball-carriers to make him miss in space. Gallagher lacks athleticism and instincts to project him playing a substantial role in the NFL.

Background: 

Raised in the Boston, Massachusetts area. Three-star recruit according to 247Sports. Major is unknown. Played in 13 games as a freshman. Played in 14 games as a sophomore. Played in 12 games as a junior. Played in nine games as a senior. Father played football at New Hampshire. Played baseball in high school.

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