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2023 NFL Draft Diamonds Scouting Report: Gabe Wallace, OL, Buffalo

Gabe Wallace is a big, physical, specimen from British Columbia, Canada who plays for the Buffalo Bulls offensive line. Hula Bowl scout Victor Horn breaks down the strengths and weaknesses of Wallace as an NFL Prospect in this article.
Gabe Wallace is a big, physical, specimen from British Columbia, Canada who plays for the Buffalo Bulls offensive line. Hula Bowl scout Victor Horn breaks down the strengths and weaknesses of Wallace as an NFL Prospect in this article.

Player Data

Name, Jersey #Gabe Wallace, #69
School (Code)NYBU
DOB, Class Yr1/9/2000, SR
Height, Weight6061, 336
40 Yd Dash5.30e
Arms, Hands3312, 0918
Position/DepthRT, LG/Starter
Honors/CaptainshipN/A
Season Viewed (yr)2021, 2022
Games WatchedSCCC (2021) NEUN (2021) SCCC (2022) 
Scout Name / DateVictor Horn / 10-10-2022

Per Year Stats (Most Recent First)

20226 GP (488 snaps)
202112 GP (942 snaps)
20208 GP (82 snaps)
20197 GP (54 snaps)
20183 GP (23 snaps)

Player Summary:

Gabe Wallace is a big, physical, specimen with a prototypical 6’6 frame and complimentary body proportions. Wallace is used in multiple positions as an RT, and LG on the offensive line for NYBU. Started all 12 games in 2021, a seasoned vet lineman for NYBU playing several games in 2019 and 2020. Wallace was a big contributor on an O-Line, anchoring the NYBU offense, finishing the conference top 10 total offense and top 5 rushing in 2021. In the run game as an LT/RG, Wallace is not a mauler but passive-aggressive, mildly firing off the ball, reaching with his long arms to latch on the defender with decent hand placement given his size. When he latches on, he controls the block giving the defender difficulty to shed Wallace’s block and make a play. Consistently keeps the gap clear, allowing the ball carrier to get through the play side gap by mirroring and placing hands on the defender rather than blowing defenders off the ball. He does a good job taking the right angles and climbing 2nd level to block the defender, he is technically sound in chip blocking and combo blocking. Attacks on the right area on the defender with the right force, which helps to keep the defender stabilized, and blocked when combo blocking. Same as chip blocking, afterwards Wallace stays balanced while carrying out assignments, and looking for work. When used as a puller, Wallace has a tendency of being too high which lacks enough force to move the defender out of the targeted area while engaging in the block but is successful in creating a lane for the runner distracting the abled defender with his 6’6 body frame. Has difficulty in the reach block technique. His feet are not as agile laterally as needed to finish the block. Hands, and feet don’t work symmetrically but his frame slows the defender down while his arms are extracted and latched onto the defender. As an RT/LG in pass protection, Wallace has a good initial base when the time of snap, gets in position for protection. Doesn’t urgently get back to punch and kick to set the anchor more slide protecting is used as his technique. When slide protecting, he tends to lunge making his weight unbalanced, being over his toes when engaging with pass rushers. Latching onto defenders keeps him from tipping over and is enough to effectuate the pass rush. Does maintain squareness, keeping feet close to base width apart with active use of hands.   

Scheme Fit:

RT, LT

Power Statement:

Wallace has next level physical make up and ability and shows more RT/LT capabilities than a Guard. Improvement of pass pro technique can better his abilities and could possibly be seen more as a QB blindside protector. Has the needed aggression for an OL, consistent style of play throughout a game, and experience playing well against bigger competition. His size attributes to getting the job done more so than sound technique.

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