Myles Gaskin is the most prolific back in the 2019 class, rolling up more than 5,000 yards in his career at Washington, but it might have been the quietest four-straight (nearly) 1,300 yard seasons in history. Whether it was because he was squirreled away in the Pacific Northwest, or just because of his size, there’s barely anyone talking about Gaskin.
Gaskin dealt with shoulder issues throughout the 2018 season, but in spite of that he put some good things on film. He can be an explosive runner, getting to full speed almost instantaneously as he attacks a hole. Gaskin is also very illusive when he gets to the second level, but he’s plagued by inconsistency.
Gaskin’s tape varies wildly, even within the same game. He disappears, flipping from the fast, attacking runner to being tentative, passive and indecisive in the span of a quarter. Although he’s tremendous in space, much of his elusiveness seems unplanned; Gaskin runs more like a toddler trying to avoid bedtime than a runner setting up blocks and out-maneuvering defenders.
Ideally, Gaskin seems suited to a role similar to what TJ Yeldon played behind Fournette in Jacksonville (or a Gio Bernard behind Jeremy Hill on the Bengals of yesteryear.) Gaskin does not project to be a bell cow, but could be a space back with the ability to fill-in for the lead back in emergencies.