Draft Breakdown: Top 15 RBs

By Thomas Ringgaard |
Draft Breakdown: Top 15 RBs

The 2019 NFL Combine is done, the first wave of free agency is over, and it's time to take a look at the RBs. This year in particular was tough to separate these players. Unlike the last couple of years, there isn't a wide top tier class, but instead a jam packed tier 2 and 3. 

For each player, I try to explain why teams would draft them in terms of what they bring to the table, the need of that team to bring in a player ready to contribute now or as a project. The ranking is interchangeable, as some teams view catching ability as a vital ability, whereas others look for that big play potential, and finally the bruising "move the chains" guy. 

The videos posted are not necessarily highlight worthy, and are primarily put in to prove points in certain traits. Enjoy!

1. Joshua Jacobs, Alabama

Conference: SEC

Measurables: 5'10, 216 lbs

Combine: DNP

Career stats
2016: 567 yards, 6.7 avg, 4 TDs, 14 catches, 156 catch yards
2017: 284 yards, 6.2 avg, 1 TDs, 14 catches, 168 catch yards, 2 TDs
2018: 640 yards, 5.3 avg, 11 TDs, 20 catches, 247 catch yards, 3 TDs 

Strengths

  • Physical run style. Gets low pad level at contact. Has good power at point of contact. Punishing running style. Keeps legs moving after contact.
  • Breaks tackles naturally. Elusive in open space. Has displayed above average stiff arm, juke, and truck ability. Has above average ability to drop the hips and change direction. 
  • Patient runner. Finds gap well. Follows blocks with discipline. Reliable on short downs, runs forcefully into a gap.
  • Athletic. Fast and agile, has very good burst and acceleration.  

Weaknesses

  • Stops in his routes when the QB looks to other side of field. Doesn't look for open space. Average hands.
  • Too hesitant in pass pro. Gets pushed back into the QB too often. 
  • Doesn't have breakaway speed. Doesn't consistently win on the outside.
  • Despite very light work in college splitting carries with Damien and Najee Harris, he has already endured a couple of soft tissue injuries. 

Conclusion

  • Final Thoughts: In a very small sample size, Josh has checked off enough boxes to be considered as the first RB to be taken off the board. As with all prospects, there is plenty of stuff to work on and is no where near a finished product.
  • Grade: Late 1st Round

2. Darrell Henderson, Memphis

Conference: AAC

Measurables: 5'8, 208 lbs

Combine: 
40 Yard: 4.49 sec
Bench: 22 reps
Vertical: 33.5 inch
Broad: 121 inch

Stats:
2016: 482 yards, 5.5 avg, 5 TDS, 20 catches, 237 catch yards, 3 TDs
2017: 1154 yards, 8.9 avg, 9 TDs, 24 catches, 226 catch yards, 2 TDs
2018: 1909 yards, 8.9 avg, 22 TDs, 19 catches, 295 catch yards, 3 TDs

Strengths

  • Plays FAST. His 40 yard time at the Combine was fine, but doesn't match his play speed. Has elite agility and change of direction skill. Can score on any play if he gets a small crease. 
  • For a relative small back he initiates contact with power and that extra "umpf". Is strong and can initiate contact with good leverage.
  • Above average hands and makes catches in traffic. Runs above avg routes for a RB. 
  • Finds holes naturally and explodes through them. Consistently wins the edge on outside runs. 
  • Is a game changer.

Weaknesses

  • Below avg pass protection. Wasn't asked to do a lot of it, which is understandable considering his abilities in the passing game. From the reps where he was in pass pro he doesn't have good balance or footwork, and doesn't gets his hands on the rusher well. 
  • Played at a lower competition level in the AAC. However, his whopping 8.9 ypc and >2000 scrimmage yards clearly demonstrates he DOMINATED at that level - a good indication he is on another level.

Conclusion

  • Final Thoughts: A big play RB who can score on any pass or run play. Will have to work with pass protection and consistently getting low on contact at the next level, but has potential to be a star.
  • Grade: 2nd Round

3. Elijah Holyfield, Georgia

Conference: SEC

Measurables: 5'10, 217 lbs

Combine:
40 yard: 4.78 sec
Bench: 26 reps
Vertical: 29.5 inch
Broad: 118 inch

Stats:
2016: 29 yards, 4.8 avg, 1 catch, 19 yards
2017: 293 yards, 5.9 avg, 2 TDs, 1 catch, 4 yards
2018: 1018 yards, 6.4 avg, 7 TDs, 5 catches, 40 catch yards.

Strengths

  • Dominating, smack-you-in-your-mouth run style. Extremely physical and runs over defenders regularly. Above average contact balance, will continue moving forward after trucking a player. Had an awesome play where he trucks a DT in the A gap. 
  • Elite strength. Moves piles of people consistently. 
  • Displays above average explosion in change of direction and a point of contact, primarily because he has smooth ability to lower his hips and generate power. 
  • Reads the line fast. Determines gap quickly and explodes through it. Has above average jump cut ability and displays it well on plays where the initial gap is closed, where he jump cuts smoothly to the other side of the LOS. 
  • Good pass blocking ability. Doesn't use his strength to make big blocks, which very strong players tend to do, hence losing balance, but sets his feet well, keeps them moving, lowers the hips, gets hands on the rusher and stones them.
  • Plays where you go "yeah, that's a bad play" turn into positive yardage because of his ability to drive people backwards. 

Weaknesses

  • Before the Combine I noted "doesn't have home run speed" purely from watching tape. His slow 40 time did not surprise me, but you could tell he was not used to getting out of an Olympic sprint stance. Luckily, he plays much faster than he does underwear Olympics, and that's where he will be making a living.
  • Only 1 year of getting significant carries, as he has been stuck behind quality RBs like Nick Chubb, Sony Michel, and D'andre Swift.

Conclusion

  • Final Thoughts: Brutally strong RB who shows high end pass block ability and ability to move the chains. Wasn't asked to catch the ball a lot in college so that's hard to evaluate. Has the potential to be a 3 down starting RB.
  • Grade: 2nd Round. Could slip to 3rd round due to a loaded 2nd round grade of RBs, and some teams might want a more proven pass catcher with breakaway speed.

4. David Montgomery, Iowa State

Conference: Big 12

Measurables: 5'10, 222 lbs

Combine:
40 yard: 4.63 sec
Bench: 15 reps
Vertical: 28.5 inch
Broad: 121 inch

Career stats:
2016: 563 yards, 5.2 avg, 2 TDs, 13 catches, 129 catch yards
2017: 1146 yards, 4.4 avg, 11 TDs, 36 catches, 296 catch yards
2018: 1216 yards, 4.7 avg, 13 TDs, 22 catches, 157 catch yards

Strengths

  • First thing that jumps out is elite contact balance. Will make positive yards despite having defenders come through unblocked. Initiates contact with a stupid low leverage point, which makes him incredibly hard to bring down. Is as tough a runner as there is. 
  • Is a natural at finding space when there is literally none. Finds holes in the line quickly, but has a decent jump cut and can hit the outside when all inside gaps are closed. Has decent lateral step.
  • Elusive in open space, positions himself very well to make defenders miss. 
  • Impressive ball control. Hasn't shown the slightest sign of losing control despite being in a pile and throwing people around with his free arm. 
  • Catching: Is a reliable target out the backfield. Will catch the ball and get decent yards but won't break a big one.

Weaknesses

  • Speed: Lacks speed to win the outside consistently. Doesn't have breakaway speed and won't take a run to the house despite getting a huge gap to run through. Doesn't have great acceleration after contact. 
  • Pass protection needs work. He cuts way too often, which might work in college, but will be demanded of to get hands on a rusher and hold the block for longer than 1 sec in the NFL. 
  • Not explosive in his moves. Has plenty of power, but lacks the ability to create big yards afterwards. 

Conclusion

  • Final Thoughts: Teams will be drafting Montgomery to be a punishing short yardage back in an offense that thrives on long drives. He is a valuable RB as he can create yards on his own and doesn't need that perfect rush lane to get a first down.
  • Grade: 2nd Round

5. Miles Sanders, Penn State

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Conference: Big 10

Measurables: 5'11, 211 lbs

Combine:
40 yard: 4.49
Bench: 20 reps
Vertical: 36 inch
Broad: 124 inch
3 cone: 6.89 sec
20 shuttle: 4.19 sec

Career stats:
2016: 184 yards, 7.4 avg, 1 TD, 2 catches, 24 catch yards, 1 TD
2017: 191 yards, 6.2 avg, 2 TDs, 6 catches, 30 catch yards
2018: 1274 yards, 5.8 avg, 9 TDs, 24 catches, 139 catch yards

Strengths

  • Does well in pass protection. Drops hips, works his feet, and gets his hands on the rusher. 
  • Navigates well through traffic and uses quick movement to change rush lanes. Has very good jump cut ability.
  • Elusiveness: Above average ability to make people miss in the open field. Has above average contact balance. Runs with a low pad level and can punch forward on short downs. 
  • Above average catching ability, although not asked to do a lot of it.  
  • Had very good production in his junior season and his avg yard per carry was similar to that of his former teammate Saquan Barkley in his Jr season (5.9 ypc)

Weaknesses

  • Limited ability to create yards on his own if the blocking scheme isn't on point. If defenders come through the line unblocked he rarely makes them miss. 
  • Doesn't consistently read the line well and can miss a wide open gap. 

Conclusion

  • Final Thoughts: Miles is a do it all back that excels at changing direction and navigating through traffic between the tackles. Pass catching and blocking ability gives him 3 down back potential in the NFL.
  • Grade: 2nd-3rd Round

6. Trayveon Williams, Texas A&M

Conference: SEC

Measurables: 5'8, 206 lbs

Combine:
40 yard: 4.51 sec
Bench: 19 reps
Vertical: 33 inch
Broad: 121 inch
3 cone: 7.44
20 shuttle: 4.44

Career stats:
2016: 1057 yards, 6.8 avg, 8 TDs, 19 catches, 91 catch yards
2017: 798 yards, 4.6 avg, 8 TDs, 20 catches, 192 yards
2018: 1760 yards, 6.5 avg, 18 TDs, 27 catches, 278 catch yards, 1 TD

Strengths

  • Above average burst and acceleration. Identifies open gaps very quickly and explodes through them.
  • Very good in pass protection. Squares his feet up, breaks down, gets low hips, doesn't get driven back. Has an absolute monster rep where he stones Devin White after blitzing from depth. 
  • Displays good moves. Consistently wins with smooth juke and stiff arm. On game tape has natural change of direction, which contradicts his poor 3-cone and shuttle from the Combine, where he displays lack of lateral ability.
  • Above average catching ability. Makes safe 2 handed catches but also displays rare ability for a RB to haul in 1-handed catches. 

Weaknesses

  • Average contact balance. Doesn't consistently keep his balance after initiating contact, but does fall forward. 
  • Hesitant in goal line reps and doesn't push through the gaps.

Conclusion

  • Final Thoughts: Very interesting prospect that displays ability to be a potent early down back. Small concern with his inability to push through the line on goal line and short downs, but should be coachable. Pass blocking and catching ability should help getting playing time at the next level.
  • Grade: Late 2nd-3rd Round

7. Benny Snell, Kentucky

Conference: SEC

Measurables: 5'10, 224 lbs

Combine:
40 yard: 4.66 sec
Bench: 16 reps
Vertical: 29.5 inch
Broad: 119 inch
3 cone: 7.07 sec
20 shuttle: 4.33 sec

Career stats:
2016: 1091 yards, 5.9 avg, 13 TDs, 2 rec, 39 rec yards
2017: 1333 yards, 5.1 avg, 19 TDs, 10 rec, 72 rec yards
2018: 1449 yards, 5.0 avg, 16 TDs, 17 rec, 105 rec yards

Strengths

  • Yards after contact: ELITE at punching forward and getting significant yards after initiating contact. Gets low pad level well, hits with power, and keeps the legs moving constantly. Regularly moves piles of people. Is the most reliable back in 3rd and short/goal-line situations in this class. Several games I put an "X" whenever he scored a TD or got a first down on short yardage situations - I put ALOT of X's. It had me thinking he thrives in having a "goal" and not stopping before he gets there.
  • Play development: Follows blocks nicely. Identifies open gaps and explodes through them. In short yard situations he is fantastic at finding a very small crease between 2 OLs where he knows a hole develops and works through it. 
  • Fine change of direction between the tackles. Displayed really well patience from Wildcat packages, which translates well in the NFL because it shows the ability to read an entire line and choose the right lanes. 
  • Displays ability to make people miss with stiff arm, trucking, and hurdle. 
  • Production: Absurd, consistent numbers in a tough SEC conference and carried the Kentucky offense. Has proven he can be a bell cow RB. I don't buy into people saying it has "taken a toll on him", he never missed a beat.

Weaknesses

  • Slow acceleration. Has decent top speed and has shown ability to hit a home run if a huge lane opens, but takes time to speed up after contact. 
  • Not comfortable in open space. Doesn't make huge plays when only having to beat 1 DB at the second level. Lacks change of direction in full speed, hence has problems setting up defenders, and usually ends up just running into them.
  • Pass pro: Usually tried to cut rushers only to buy his QB a second or two. Will need to adjust and use his hands more, but is a willing blocker so that shouldn't be a big problem.
  • Average catching ability at best. 

Conclusion

  • Final Thoughts: Arguably the most consistent and productive RB in the Draft. Will be a valuable contributor on short yardage downs in the NFL, but needs work in pass pro and show ability in the pass game to be an every down back in the NFL.
  • Grade: Late 2nd-3rd Round

8. Bryce Love, Stanford

Conference: Pac-12

Measurables: 5'10, 202 lbs

Combine: DNP

Career stats:
2015: 225 yards, 7.8 avg, 2 TDs, 7.8 avg, 15 rec, 250 rec yards, 1 TD
2016: 783 yards, 7.1 avg, 3 TDs, 8 rec, 83 rec yards, 1 TD
2017: 2118 yards, 8.1 avg, 19 TDs, 6 rec, 33 rec yards
2018: 739 yards, 4.5 avg, 6 TDs, 20 rec, 99 rec yards.

Strengths

  • Elite breakaway speed. Can score on any given play if he gets a small crease. Wins the outside consistently on outside runs and jump cuts to the outside when inside gaps are closed.
  • Arguably the best pass blocking back in the Combine, which surprised me a lot considering his size, which makes it even more impressive. Identifies rushers quickly, engages them so he doesn't get driven back into the QB, breaks down into a broad solid base, gets hands on the rusher and moves his feet. 
  • Above average to good lateral cut, which makes him extremely dangerous in open space. Will leave defenders at the second level looking stupid.
  • Wasn't asked to catch a lot of balls in college, which had me scratching my head, as he was a reliable target and combined with his speed could be lethal. Stanford, right? 

Weaknesses

  • After a breakout season in 2017 where he looked unstoppable, he tore his ACL in the final game of his Sr season, hence could not participate in the combine.
  • Gets boxed in between the tackles too often on inside runs where gaps are narrow. Side steps and dances around too often instead of going forward, hence often loses yards. Is too trigger happy on getting to the outside and reversing field when defenders close the gaps, resulting in premature decisions at times where there actually are open gaps in the middle. 
  • Looks very physically limited against big DLs who gets a good push and move the LOS back. 
  • Not reliable on 3rd and short situations because he chases the outside too often instead of driving forward. 

Conclusion

  • Final Thoughts: Watching Love is filled with mixed emotions, as you know he can take it to the house on any play. But, unfortunately see him get boxed in between the tackles dancing around and lose yards too often. Much of it can be correlated to Stanford's idiotic use of (or lack of) him, as you want to get him in space instead of inside zone tosses they constantly committed to. With extraordinary pass block ability and speed, he could be a very good NFL RB with a lot to prove and work on scheme-wise.
  • Grade: 3rd Round. but don't be surprised if he nailed an interview with a team that falls in love with his speed and snags him in the 2nd.

9. Devin Singletary, Florida Atlantic

Conference: C-USA

Measurables: 5'7, 203 lbs

Combine:
40 yard: 4.66 sec
Bench: 15 reps
Vertical: 35 inch
Broad: 117 inch
3 cone: 7.32 sec
20 shuttle 4.4 sec

Career stats:
2016: 1021 yards, 6.7 avg, 12 TDs, 26 rec, 163 rec yards
2017: 1918 yards, 6.4 avg, 32 TDs, 19 rec, 198 rec yards, 1 TD
2018: 1348 yards, 5.2 avg, 22 TDs, 6 rec, 36 rec yards

Strengths

  • Extremely smooth moves in open field. Positions himself nicely to make people miss, has quick feet and a natural juke move.
  • Runs with low pad level and has surprising power despite his size. 
  • Can get yards on his own. Has ability to make a defender miss despite coming through the LOS unblocked. 

Weaknesses

  • Poor pass blocking ability. Gets driven back. Relies too much on cutting rushers. Doesn't get hands on rushers. Lowers his head when taking on hits hence losing track and balance of the block. 
  • Below average catching ability. 
  • Due to size often gets stopped at contact when running between the tackles in narrow A and B gaps. Doesn't have elite speed and acceleration to hit the outside in those situations (as we saw with Bryce Love). 
  • Played at a low competition level - however, he dominated at this level. 2000 yards and 32 TDs are you kidding me? It must be taken into consideration, as his lowest ypc has come against teams like Oklahoma, Wisconsin, and Florida, but probably doesn't matter much.  

Conclusion

  • Final Thoughts: I'm split when watching Devin. He dominated at the level of competition because he excels in open space and breaking tackles. But, I am worried he will be limited in the NFL against more tight trenches and defenders with more disciplined pursuit angles, as it did with Donnell Pumphrey, who had the same strengths in open field, but had 3 back to back season with 2000 scrimmage yards and 17+ TDs as well, but fell short in the NFL. That being said, he is very fun to watch, and his ability to make people miss without help/blocks is encouraging.
  • Grade: Mid-3rd-4th Round

10. Alex Barnes, Kansas State

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Conference: Big 12

Measurables: 6'0, 226 lbs

Combine: 
40 yard: 4.59
Bench: 34 reps
Vertical: 38.5 inch
Broad: 126 inch
3 Cone: 6.95 sec
20 shuttle: 4.1 sec
60 shuttle: 11.72

Career stats:
2016: 442 yards, 7.9 avg, 6 TDs, 0 rec
2017: 819 yards, 5.6 avg, 7 TDs, 5 rec, 29 rec yards
2018: 1355 yards, 5.3 avg, 12 TDs, 20 rec, 194 yards

Strengths

  • Lowers his should well and runs over defenders at times. He needs him to show it more consistently, but displays ability to do it well.
  • Sneaky elusiveness relative to his size. Shows smooth juke moves in open space. 
  • Above average navigation through traffic between the tackles. Before the Combine I noted he doesn't waste any movement when changing direction, which he solidified with an excellent 3 cone time.

Weaknesses

  • Gets pushed back in pass protection, which gave up plenty of sacks, and taking his 34 bench reps and weight of 226 lbs it doesn't make sense - until you see him on tape, where he engages defenders high, doesn't get a good push and explodes very little with his hips. Furthermore, he takes a bad angle in pass pro, which makes it easier for the blitzer to get a lane to the QB. 
  • As I noted in the strengths, he doesn't use his size at all consistently. He runs too high too often, which is a shame, because he is tough to bring down when he goes low. 
  • Doesn't win the outside consistently when he bounces outside. 
  • Average pass catcher.

Conclusion

  • Final Thoughts: Barnes has every physical tool to be a successful 3 down back in the NFL, but needs a lot of work. He has to get better at running low and pass protecting.
  • Grade: Mid-4th Round

11. Rodney Anderson, Oklahoma

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Conference: Big 12

Measurables: 6'0, 224 lbs

Combine:
Bench: 25 reps.

Career stats:
2015: 5 yards, 5.0 avg, 0 rec 
2016: DNP
2017: 1161 yards, 6.2 avg, 13 TDs, 17 rec, 281 rec yards, 5 TDs
2018: 119 yards, 10.8 avg, 3 TDs, 0 rec

Strengths

  • Has an above average burst and acceleration both when identifying an open gap, but also after contact. Has breakaway speed.
  • Above average catching ability. 
  • Has a solid variety of moves to make people miss in open space and between the tackles. Lowers his shoulder well and is a physical runner between the tackles. 
  • Above average in pass protection. Violent blocker. Good hands and moves feet well. 

Weaknesses

  • The biggest concern about Rodney is his injury history. In 2015 he broke a leg, in 2016 he broke his neck, and in 2018 tore an ACL. To even be considered by a team to draft him he would have to nail the medical exams. It sounds like he is on the board for plenty of teams still, so it should be okay.
  • Below average lateral cut when in full speed. 
  • Doesn't drive his legs after point of contact, but mostly relies on his initial contact force. 

Conclusions

  • Final Thoughts: If it wasn't for his injury history, Rodney would be in my top 3. Some team will take a flyer on him and, if the ACL recovery goes as planned, he could contribute from day 1. On the field, he checks off every box as a 3 down back.
  • Grade: 4th Round

12. Justice Hill, Oklahoma State

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Conference: Big 12

Measurables: 5'10, 198 lbs

Combine:
40 yard: 4.4 sec
Bench: 21 reps
Vertical: 40.0 inch
Broad: 130.0 inch

Career stats:
2016: 1142 yards, 5.5 yards, 6 TDs, 5 rec, 46 rec yards
2017: 1467 yards, 5.5 avg, 15 TDs, 31 rec, 190 rec yards, 1 TD
2018: 930 yards, 5.9 avg, 9 TDs, 13 rec, 68 rec yards

Strengths

  • Above average straight line speed. Can breakaway from defenders if a gap opens up. 
  • Decent ability to break tackles. Utilizes spin and juke moves with some success. 
  • Reliable hands out of the backfield. 

Weaknesses

  • Average contact balance.
  • Average to below average pass protection. Uses his shoulder to initiate contact with rushers and gets his head down instead of using his hands and maintaining balance. 
  • Average change of direction. Hits holes fast but doesn't navigate through traffic well. 
  • Not shifty. Doesn't display cuts. Especially evident on outside rushes, where the line stalls without an opening; he bicycle kicks a bit before changing direction. 

Conclusion

  • Final Thoughts: Hill is an undersized running back who utilized good straight line speed to get long touchdowns in college. I have concerns with his ability to be a reliable runner in the NFL, and his inability to be a reliable pass protecter will limit him from seeing the field early.
  • Grade: 4th-5th Round

13. Devine Ozigbo, Nebraska

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Conference: Big 10

Measurables: 6'0, 235 lbs

Pro day:
40 yard: 4.54 sec
Bench: 19 reps
Vertical: 37 inch

Career stats:
2015: 209 yards, 5.5 avg, 1 TD, 5 rec, 62 rec yards
2016: 412 yards, 4.2 avg, 5 TDs, 5 rec, 100 rec yards
2017: 493 yards, 3.8 avg, 3 TDs, 16 rec, 123 rec yards
2018: 1082 yards, 7.0 avg, 12 TDs, 23 rec, 203 rec yards

Strengths

  • Smooth moves between in the tackles. Quick feet. Surprisingly smooth lateral movement when navigating through traffic at the size of a LB. 
  • Reliable hands out of the backfield.
  • Not asked to block a whole lot in college but displays willingness and power in his blocks. Not always with great balance and technique but generally has minor flaws that should be easily corrected. 
  • Runs with power. Very effective in short yardage situations, much like Benny Snell out of Kentucky.
  • Will make the first couple of free defenders penetrating the line look stupid with smooth lateral quickness. Has a natural ability to break tackles between the tackles consistently (see the video).

Weaknesses

  • Lacks elite burst and agility to get the second level consistently. Relies on perfect block development to take it to the house. Will not burn DBs with speed.
  • Not comfortable when receiving the ball man-to-man. Lacks an above average hip turn and lateral step when in need of sudden movement, which by the way is totally fine considering he is built to move the trenches.
  • Breakout season in 2018, but I have read several scouts question his three average years prior. I am personally not that concerned.

Conclusion

  • Final Thoughts: Ozigbo is a sleeper in this class. He runs hard and with great ability on short yard downs. He will catch the ball and get some yards, but don't expect many breakout runs. Will allow offenses to consistently get first downs, but is not an explosive threat.
  • Grade: 5th Round

14. Bruce Anderson, North Dakota State

Conference: The Summit League

Measurables: 5'11, 209 lbs

Combine: Not invited

Career stats:
2015: 503 yards, 5.6 avg, 2 TDs, 8 rec, 55 rec yards, 1 TD
2016: 253 yards, 6.7 avg, 1 TD, 4 rec, 38 rec yards
2017: 1216 yards, 5.2 avg, 12 TDs, 8 rec, 158 rec yards, 3 TDs
2018: 924 yards, 7.5 avg, 9 TDs, 12 rec, 199 rec yards, 3 TDs

Strengths

  • Follows blocks well, finds open gaps quickly.
  • Above average route runner and very reliable catching passes. 
  • Decent top speed and acceleration. 
  • Shows ability to break tackles with juke, spin, and stiff arm. Not high quality, but it works.
  • Physical run style. Will lower pads and drive his legs after contact.

Weaknesses

  • Average contact balance. Won't get many yards after contact but falls forward a couple of extra yards.
  • Doesn't display special athleticism, speed, or change of direction even against lower level competition 
  • Below average pass protection. Gets sloppy with contact, loses balance, and often lets rusher through.

Conclusion

  • Final Thoughts: Anderson has some physical run ability that could fit well into a rotation of RBs. Needs to work on pass protection to get significant playing time, but has intriguing run ability.
  • Grade: 5th-6th Round

15. Myles Gaskin, Washington

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Conference: Pac-12

Measurables: 5'9, 205 lbs

Combine:
40 yard: 4.58 sec
Bench: 24 reps
Vertical: 35.5 inch
Broad 118.0 inch
3 cone: 7.19 sec
20 shuttle: 4.27 sec
60 shuttle: 11.77 sec

Career stats:
2015: 1302 yards, 5.7 avg, 14 TDs, 6 rec, 19 rec yards
2016: 1373 yards, 5.8 avg, 10 TDs, 19 rec, 137 rec yards, 1 TD
2017: 1380 yards, 6.2 avg, 21 TDs, 19 rec, 232 rec yards, 3 TDs
2018: 1268 yards, 4.9 avg, 12 TDs, 21 rec, 77 rec yards, 1 TD

Strengths

  • Decent in pass protection. Has some quality reps with excellent hand placement, good drive, and broad base. At other times you see him get physically over-matched or cut time and time again without success.
  • Really nimble and has good movement. Smooth movement between the tackles and on outside runs. Has decent top speed and acceleration. 
  • Reliable pass catcher.

Weaknesses

  • Hesitant. It is always tricky when evaluating whether a RB is hesitant or patient, but Myles hesitates too often at inappropriate times after the blocks develop in front of him.
  • Below average contact balance. 
  • Doesn't display an impressive arsenal of moves to make defenders miss. Doesn't create many yards on his own. Primarily gets what the offensive line gives him. 

Conclusion

  • Final Thoughts: Gaskin is a decent runner who displays some ability in pass protection. However, needs to be more consistent. He is a nimble runner but by no means elusive.
  • Grade: 5th Round

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