Getting To Know Our Rookies: Myles “Sandman” Gaskin


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Miami Dolphins
Position: Running Back
Personal information
Born: February 15, 1997 (age 22)
Lynnwood, Washington
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight: 205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school: Seattle (WA) O’Dea
College: Washington
NFL Draft: 2019 / Round: 7 / Pick: 234
Career history

NFL Draft Profile

Gaskin’s tough running and track speed (he won a Washington high school state title in the 100 meters) have made him an ultra-productive player for the Huskies. The former two-time All-State running back garnered honors in his first year on campus, including Freshman All-American and honorable mention All-Pac-12 notice, as well as being named the team’s Most Outstanding Offensive Player. In 13 games (six starts), Gaskin ran 227 times for 1,302 yards (5.7 average) and 14 touchdowns. He was a first-team all-conference selection in 2016 (237-1,373-5.8, 10 TD rushing; 19-137-7.2, one TD receiving) and second-team selection as a junior (222-1,380-6.2, 21 TD rushing; 19-232-12.2, three TD receiving.) The workhorse set school career records with 41 rushing touchdowns and 45 total scores in 2017, and was the team’s Most Outstanding Offensive Player again. In 2018, Gaskin became UW’s career rushing leader (third in conference history) and the first Pac-12 back to rush for more than 1,000 yards in four straight years, garnering second-team All-Pac 12 accolades by rushing for 1,268 yards and 12 touchdowns on 259 totes (4.9 average). He also caught 21 passes for 77 yards (3.7 average) and a score and returned four kickoffs for 74 yards (18.5 average).

Overview

Durable, productive runner who could find the transition from college to pro more challenging due to his lack of size. Gaskin’s quick feet and loose hips offer early elusiveness and success on wide flowing plays, but his overall play is less explosive/elusive than his athletic traits might suggest. He will need to run with better decisiveness and downhill burst to become an effective member of a running back committee, but his ability to play on third downs should help his chances for some early touches.

Strengths
  • Longer torso with shorter legs provides optimal center of gravity
  • Despite a lack of desired size, has been able to take a heavier workload
  • Adequate lower body looseness to side-step early penetration into backfield
  • Light in his strides with ability to make quick cuts on outside zone runs
  • Able to string his jump-cuts together early in the run when probing for his lane
  • Adequate burst to the perimeter in a foot race to turn the corner
  • Early access to his top gear
  • Extremely consistent and productive throughout his four years at Washington
  • Shows the courage to square up and take on much bigger pass rushers in pass protection
  • Capable pass-catcher with sharpened focus and ball skills when targeted downfield
Weaknesses
  • Smaller frame than desired for an early down, NFL running back
  • Oftentimes looks for something better than the designed rush lane rather than trusting the path
  • Has moments of hesitation when attempting to make his reads downhill
  • Might not have a natural feel for run-lane development
  • Inconsistent as interior runner; needs to play with better downhill burst through the line
  • Creativity falls flat when attempting to elude second-level tacklers
  • Anticipates contact and will slow his feet rather than accelerate through it
  • Lack of size and consistent contact aggression could limit yards after contact in pros

 

TDS Take

The second of two RB’s drafted back to back in the 2019 NFL draft is a totally different back than any RB on the roster he is more diminutive than any RB on the roster but boy can this kid play! He will bring excitement and another “BIG PLAY” potential on the tam that has a lot of speed on offense.

Gaskin didn’t just have four 1,000-yard seasons with the Huskies. He had four 1,200-yard seasons with 10-plus touchdowns. Gaskin and former Wisconsin great Ron Dayne are the only players with four consecutive 1,200-yard seasons. 

He can run and catch the ball well and fits in with the offense the Dolphins currently have. He still is taller than one of my favorite players on the roster WR Jakeem Grant but posses similar abilities.

Offensive coordinator Chad O’Shea has another weapon in his tool box that is loaded with talented speedsters and I look forward seeing to how Myles Gaskin will be utilized.

Welcome to Miami Myles “Sandman” Gaskin

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