Chicago Bears: Underrated running backs in 2019 NFL Draft

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Chicago Bears, Myles Gaskin
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Myles Gaskin, Washington

As an undersized back, Myles Gaskin certainly carried his weight in college. Gaskin became the all-time school leader in both rushing touchdowns (57) and total touchdowns (62) while at Washington. For a kid who stands just 5-foot-9, his ability to handle the work load is quite impressive.

Throughout his four seasons with the Huskies, Gaskin accumulated 1,010 total touches on offense (945 carries and 65 receptions) for a whopping 5,788 yards. While that is a lot of mileage, it’s important to note that Gaskin has held up well and would come to Chicago as part of a committee.

Gaskin doesn’t do anything extremely well, but he does a lot of things at an above average level. He has adequate speed (ran a 4.58 40-yard dash), well-built frame (24 reps on the bench press) and quick, springy feet (35.5-inch vertical jump). What really stands out is his ability to get into another gear in the open field.

He seemed to coast through college with a lot of natural talent, but as a pro will need to hone in on his skills a bit more. Becoming more calculated with his movements both between the tackles and in the open field will help him find more success. Defenses are faster and smarter in the NFL. He’ll have to get a bit more hard-nosed between the tackles and become a more patient runner overall, but a lot of his raw talent is enticing as a pro back.