Mostly when a young man waits for that one phone call to come in from an NFL team in the NFL Draft, he is not very relaxed. But most young men are not as laid back as Wayne Gallman.
The former Clemson running back was confident he was going to get that phone call on Saturday so he just sat back and watched the 2017 NFL Draft until his phone rang midway through the fourth round.
“I was just sitting down and relaxing and waiting for a call,” Gallman said to the New York Giants Radio Network. “Through this whole process, with everyone I talked to, I knew they liked me as a person and as a player, so I was not really sure who was going to step out and make that call.”
Of course it was the New York Giants who made that phone call as they told Gallman he was their fourth-round pick and the 140th overall in the draft.
“Once I got that call, and heard it was New York, I was happy. I was really excited,” Gallman said.
The Giants took Gallman, who joins former Clemson teammate and linebacker B.J. Goodson in New York, because they had a need for a tough running back, especially in short yardage and goal line situations, areas Gallman excelled in at Clemson. They like the fact he is a between-the-tackles runner and is a physical back, something they did not have in 2016.
Gallman scored 34 touchdowns in his career, including 30 the last two seasons.
“I just see myself as a physical back that can pretty much do anything,” Gallman said. “I have the speed and the power to get by a defender or run through them. I will just do anything to help the team win.”
Gallman said his time at Clemson will help him transition to the NFL. He played in two national championship games, helped the Tigers win one as well as two ACC Championships. He was also very productive in big games against Oklahoma, Florida State, Alabama and Ohio State.
The two games Gallman said were his favorites during his time at Clemson were against NC State and North Carolina in 2015. Against the Wolfpack, he rushed for 172 yards on 31 carries and one touchdown while averaging 5.5 yards per carry.
In the North Carolina game, the 2015 ACC Championship Game, he rushed for 187 yards and scored one touchdown, while averaging 6.7 yards per carry.
“I just took over,” Gallman explained when asked why those two games stood out to him.
The Giants hope he can take over in New York. At Clemson, Gallman rushed for 1,133 yards in 2016 season, including 17 touchdowns, the second best mark for rushing touchdowns in a season by a Clemson running back. He averaged 4.9 yards per carry and also caught 20 passes for 152.
In 2015, Gallman set a Clemson single-season rushing record with 1,527 yards, while averaging 5.4 yards per carry and scoring 13 touchdowns. He led the Tigers in rushing touchdowns in each of the last two seasons. He also rushed for more than 100 yards nine times that season.
Gallman finished his career with a Clemson record 17 100-yard rushing games. The Tigers were 17-0 in those games.
“After doing all the work off the field and learning the playbook and doing all I can on the field. I know the biggest thing for a rookie running back coming into the game is pass blocking,” Gallman said. “That is one of the things I’m really focusing on.”