Patriots pick Jeremy Gallon in 7th

May, 10, 2014
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The pick: Jeremy Gallon, wide receiver, Michigan (244th overall).

My take: This falls in line with past late-round selections such as Julian Edelman (7th round, 2009) and Jeremy Ebert (7th round, 2012), and last year's top undrafted signing of T.J. Moe, as the Patriots have explored undersized, shifty slot receivers around this time. Maybe this one hits like Edelman. One added wrinkle that will be fun to watch is how quarterback Tom Brady, who bleeds Michigan maize and blue, potentially takes a player like Gallon under his wing. Gallon's most likely landing spot is the practice squad, but if he surprises to earn a roster spot, he might also factor into the return game.

Links of note: Nolan Nawrocki's scouting profile on NFL.com, and Michael Rothstein's profile of Gallon for ESPN.com in 2012.

Receiver depth chart: Aaron Dobson, Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, Brandon LaFell, Kenbrell Thompkins, Josh Boyce, Matthew Slater (special teams), Jeremy Gallon, Mark Harrison, Reggie Dunn, Greg Orton.

What's next: The Patriots made nine picks in the draft. The roster now has 75 players. An additional 15 spots will be filled, mostly with undrafted free agents. Bill Belichick often takes a leading role in recruiting those players to hopefully sign with the team.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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