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Given The Right Landing Spot, Myles Gaskin Has The Makings Of A Zero-RB Candidate

Now that we have official combine testing results for the majority of 2019 NFL Draft class, it’s time for a quick review of former Washington Huskies’ running back Myles Gaskin.1

THE EARLY YEARS

A three-star recruit in the 2015 class according to 247 Sports, Gaskin was woefully under-recruited receiving just two scholarship offers. His revenge tour began as a true freshman when he rushed for 1,302 yards and 14 touchdowns. He broke the 100-yard mark in eight of his 13 games, including four consecutive 100-yard performances to finish the season. As a sophomore in 2016, Gaskin again eclipsed the 1,000-yard barrier, finishing the year with an impressive 237-1373-10 line. He also had 19 receptions, a marked increase from the prior season (5).

2017 AND BEYOND

With such a solid foundation in place, Gaskin continued his torrid run rushing for 1,380 yards and 21 TDs in 2017, finishing third in the country in the latter category. He again tacked on 19 receptions with three going for TDs. Gaskin hit the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the fourth-straight season as a senior in 2018, finishing with a solid 235-1147-10 line on the ground. In terms of career rushing production, he’s one of the best prospects we’ve seen in quite some time:

AGE AND PRODUCTION

Gaskin’s college production, in both sum and consistency, should be enough to warrant substantial interest from NFL front offices. His First-Year Workhorse Score (0.71), a metric shown to be significant in predicting future success, would have ranked third in last year’s RB class and second all among all NFL RBs with at least one 200-plus PPR season since 2012.

Despite the positive picture I’ve just painted, research from Anthony Amico regarding breakout age suggests that Gaskin’s production actually falls short of what we might expect. Prospects without a true breakout season have produced a 200-plus PPR season in their first three years just 12 percent of the time based on adjusted all-purpose yards per game:

Breakout AgeTotalHitsPercent HitAvg Best PPR
<=21622743.5%187.1
>21541222.2%130.2
None911112.1%93.7

Gaskin’s size is another potential issue. Since 2010, just six NFL RBs weighing 200 pounds or less have a 200-plus PPR season in their first three years. Gaskin’s final season age (21.8) is also worth noting. Blair Andrews showed that RBs who play their rookie season at age 22 produce a top-24 PPR season just over 20 percent of the time compared to age 21 rookies who hit at a much higher rate.
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ATHLETICISM

Referencing the RotoViz Combine Explorer, we see that Gaskin’s athleticism is relatively pedestrian.
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At just 205 pounds, Gaskin’s 4.58-second forty-yard dash results in a below average speed score. He also ranked below the baseline in both agility drills and the broad jump but did show exhibit impressive strength with 24 reps on the bench. By no means is he an athletic dynamo, but as Shawn Siegele notes, Gaskin profiles similarly to both James White and Devonta Freeman, both of which benefited greatly from their respective offensive systems in New England and Atlanta. Gaskin could take a similar path if he lands in a favorable spot.

OUTLOOK

Gaskin is a wildly productive runner with adequate receiving skills. He’s also on the older side of the prospect spectrum and lacks top-end athleticism, so it’s probably no surprise that he’s currently projected as a fourth round pick by Draft Scout. While I’m hesitant to project him as anything more than an RB2-type for fantasy purposes, he does present a potential value opportunity as a late third round pick in rookie drafts according to the most current Dynasty League Football average draft position data.

  1. The original, pre-combine version of this article was published on January 1, 2019.  (back)

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