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Myles Gaskin: 3 Star Fantasy Prospect

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Welcome to the 48 Report, a full database of 48 of our favorite 2019 Draft Prospects. The key, however, is that we focus specifically on their ability to translate as fantasy football players. All players in the database have been/will be scored by 3 writers, and this is their article; explaining their aggregate score, as well as the score of their writer.

All categories are scored on a 1-5 scale; with 5 being the highest score a prospect can receive. The highest aggregate average score a player can receive is 25. Articles will be posted January-April, all the way up to the draft. Ratings will be adjusted after the combine, based on measurables and after the draft, because as we all know: landing spot matters.

Myles Gaskin (5’9”, 191) Running Back, Washington

17 Aggregate Score (3 Star Prospect)

Myles Gaskin is amongst the murky running back class of 2019 and we’re not totally sure where he fits best. The running back position is usually the best source of fantasy production but the rookie class for 2019 might break that mold. While there are some solid prospects, there’s a lot more questions than certainty.

Gaskin falls somewhere in the middle. We have him as a 3 star prospect and while his running style looks to translate well to the NFL, we would’ve liked a little more flash from the Washington product. Gaskin was a 3-star recruit out of O’Dea high school in Seattle, Washington and as a junior ran for 2,182 yards and 35 touchdowns. As a senior, he rushed for 1,567 yards and 25 touchdowns.

Speed/Acceleration: 3.6 (Personal Score: 4)

Gaskin has breakaway speed but was rarely able to get to the second level. He’s quick in space but sometimes that’s his downfall-leading to him being tackled, leaving yards on the field. Gaskin has good speed and acceleration but there are certain aspects to being a running back that he needs to learn. His position coach will need to teach him how to best utilize his traits starting in this area.

Receiving Skills: 3.3 (Personal Score: 3)

While Gaskin didn’t catch many balls out of the backfield, he seemed to be more than capable of doing so. This can be worked on at the NFL level. The best thing for Gaskin in this area is that he isn’t a complete zero like some running backs. He has the potential to be a 3 down back and that’s the most important thing early on in the scouting process.

Vision: 4.3 (Personal Score: 4)

Here’s the problem with Gaskin and his vision as a running back: he mostly saw nothing but defenders in the backfield. His line was an absolute mess and rarely gave him a chance. They were awful in the games I watched, constantly allowing defenders to meet Gaskin in the backfield. From the brief glimpses that I did get to watch, he has the chops to be a good runner. When given a hole, there’s a good chance he’ll find it and hit it hard.

Blocking: 2.3 (Personal Score: 2)

His size is his downfall here. Can he block? Sure. Will he get bulldozed from time to time? Unfortunately yes. This could be something that makes or breaks Gaskin come draft time.

Strength: 2.6 (Personal Score: 4)

Gaskin can lower the shoulder on a defender putting-them on their backside. He has the strength to break tackles but can also get rag dolled. His strength really shows when running at the goal line. He gets a head of steam and blows through the line at a million miles an hour, which will be a well-liked trait amongst scouts.

Conclusion: Mid 2nd-Late 3rd Round Target

Gaskin has some pretty good traits but he is limited as a prospect. He will likely enter a backfield that takes a by committee approach. I think Gaskin can definitely make something of himself at the NFL level but in terms of fantasy, you might be waiting a while for return on investment and that is why he is nothing more than a mid-round pick.

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