On the night that Gallimore was drafted, he told media he saw himself as an “unfinished product”. The plan seemed simple enough: to develop this product at a reasonable rate thanks to the mentorship of players like McCoy, who could start in the meantime. The Cowboys are sure to stick with that plan, but following McCoy’s departure, it would certainly be nice if Oklahoma’s youngest product could accelerate his development.
Still, Gallimore has a patient and self-aware mentality. He claims McCoy and defensive line coach Jim Tomsula even have a word for him.
“They say I’m very conscientious,” Gallimore says.
The rookie knows he has to make sure he knows how to play in the NFL before he dominates it.
“One thing I’ve learned from being here is that you definitely pay for the little mistakes,” he said. “You can’t get away with what you do in college. I love the process. It’s been fun so far. I enjoy. I see where I can improve, but I also see the results of when I do things right. It’s about being consistent. “
While he may have lost a mentor on the field to McCoy, Gallimore still has a veteran defensive lineman to turn to for advice. He says his compatriot Tyrone Crawford “kind of treated him like a little brother”.
“Conscious” might not be a word draft experts use to break down prospects, but it seems Gallimore knows how to listen to people who have been there before him, and his goal is to be good before. to grow up.