If the Chicago Bears find themselves waiting until day three of the 2019 NFL draft to address running back they could be looking at Myles Gaskin
The Chicago Bears have not left any stones unturned as they continue to meet with running back after running back pre-draft. That includes bringing Myles Gaskin in for a private workout.
Gaskin is an interesting prospect who has put up strong stats throughout his college career, but is looked at as a college runner who may not be ready to transition to the NFL. What type of back is Gaskin, and could he be a value inn the seventh round?
Gaskin is a smart and efficient player. He knows angles, is strong in pass protection, and almost never fumbles. Gaskin is going to find a spot on rosters because coaches are going to like that they can trust his reliability and understanding.
As a runner he has a downhill slashing mentality and can pack a little punch into a smaller frame.
When thinking of some of his weaknesses, a lot of it comes to physical attributes. As shown by his athletic testing, he is below average in most categories compared to his NFL peers.
Gaskin did put up a strong bench press, which is good, because his size and athletic limitations will likely limit him to third down running back duties.
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Gaskin is a player who can have a career similar to Benny Cunningham. He can add on special teams, he can be trusted for a few carries a game and when he is on the field the team can run, pass and have Gaskin pass protect.
His upside is not going to be much more than that, but while there are some running backs in this class with higher upside, they also could snuggle to get on the field early and bust out of the NFL later.
Gaskin is going to have a role, it just may not expand much in his career.
A lot of fans want the Chicago Bears to draft Devin Singletary in round three. As we profiled, Singletary is a player who is undersized, without breakaway speed and limited passing game participation.
Three rounds later a team could find Gaskin who is undersized, without breakaway, but is proficient in the passing game. In that scenario, give me Gaskin at a discount over Singletary at his draft cost.