Pats opt for Michigan WR Gallon with final pick

Pats opt for Michigan WR Gallon with final pick
May 10, 2014, 7:00 pm
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FOXBORO -- Patriots have had a lot of success with undersized receivers from Troy Brown to Wes Welker and Julian Edelman. Danny Amendola could figure significantly into New England's offensive plans in 2014 after spending most of 2013 banged up.

The team added another waterbug to its receiving group with its last pick of the day when it selected Michigan's Jeremy Gallon in the seventh round.

Gallon is 5-foot-7 and 185 pounds. He has good speed (he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.48 seconds) and runs crisp routes, according to scouting reports. His height could be a limitation in the NFL against bigger, more physical defensive backs, but he was extremely productive in his last season in the Big Ten.

As a senior, Gallon broke the single-season school record (set by Braylon Edwards) for receiving yards with 1,373. He set a Big Ten single-game record for receiving yards against Indiana with a whopping 369.

Gallon could figure into the Patriots' plans soon, if not immediately as a receiver, then perhaps as a kick returner -- a role in which he saw plenty of time at Michigan.

New England's primary kick returner last season, LeGarrette Blount, is now with the Steelers.

More to come . . .