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Myles Gaskin’s Usage Rate In College May Be Cause For Concern, But His Attributes Will Bolster A Redskins Top-Heavy Backfield

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Hogs Haven takes a look at 2019 NFL Draft prospects that could contribute to the Redskins

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Myles Gaskin, RB
School: Washington | Conference: PAC 12
College Experience: Senior | Age: 21
Height / Weight: 5-9 / 191 lbs
Projected Draft Status: Rounds 3-5
NFL Comparison: James White, RB, New England Patriots

College Statistics

Player Overview

Myles Gaskin was born and raised in Seattle/Lynnwood area before attending the University Of Washington. The 21-year-old running back started his collegiate career as a true freshman, starting all but a couple of games during his four-year tenure. Gaskin was the first true freshman in UW history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season, and his 1,302 rushing yards as a freshman was eighth-most in UW history. Following the conclusion of the 2018 season, Gaskin became the first player in Pac-12 history to rush for 1,000 yards in four seasons and only the second FBS player ever behind Wisconsin running back Ron Dayne to rush for 1,200 yards in four straight seasons. He concluded his collegiate campaign with 2015 Freshman All-America, 2016 All-Pac-12 First Team, and 2017-2018 All-Pac-12 Second Team awards.

Strengths

  • Durability will not be a cause for concern with Gaskin. The four-year starter played well over 95 percent of possible games played during his time as a Husky.
  • Vision and balance are two great traits when it comes to Gaskin. His awareness is very high on the field, which contributes to the fact that he is a very decisive runner. His balance meshes well with his impressive agility and acceleration as a runner, and although he is limited in size as a back, he is a difficult person to bring down.
  • Gaskin is an adequate pass-catcher from the running back position. Not in the sense of Alvin Kamara, Christian McCaffrey, or a Saquon Barkley; but he can be utilized as a versatile player out of the backfield.

Weaknesses

  • Gaskin is not a power back or lacks power for a player his size, which makes him limited in situational down and distances for whichever team decides to draft him.
  • Patience as a runner is not consistent. His vision is impressive; however, sometimes will get impatient or does too much at the point of attack instead of taking what he is given.
  • Not a home-run hitter. Which is not a significant weakness, only few can score on runs 45+ yards on out. To counter the open-field limitations, developing as a runner who is consistently decisive on the pro-level will allow him to maximize his carries.

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How He Would Fit on the Redskins

Gaskin is a versatile player that will be able to provide an immediate boost to the Redskins backfield. The issue with the running back position is that it is currently overcrowded at the moment. Derrius Guice, Chris Thompson, Samaje Perine, Robert Kelley, Byron Marshall, and potentially a return of Adrian Peterson (pending negotiations) will halt a selection of the running back. However, this stable of running backs is top heavy, which always makes Gaskin a possibility knowing he can beat out Kelley, Marshall, and Perine. A good amount of NFL teams of today does not rely on just one running back to dominate the snap counts, and there are often three running backs that are schematically involved in offenses. Guice and Thompson are expected to contribute in 2019, but if selected, Gaskin will be asked to spell both Thompson or Guice in situational down and distances. His vision and balance will take him a long way in addition to pro-development, and if he becomes an adequate special teams player whether as a return specialist or coverage, his potential for any team will maximized.