Myles Gaskin was an unexpected winner from the NFL Draft, as many were expecting the Dolphins to draft someone to either complement Gaskin or take over the backfield.
Gaskin goes into 2021 as the clear leader in his backfield. He wasn’t an every down back in 2020, but his ~65% of snaps/game when healthy was good enough to get it done as a high-end RB2.
Malcolm Brown might be Gaskin’s complement on early downs, and he might give up some goal line opportunities, but Gaskin should have the passing work locked up; he was extremely efficient in the pass game last season, and that’s what kept his floor high most weeks.
Gaskin was 3rd in yards/route run among qualifying RBs, only behind Alvin Kamara and James White; he was right ahead of well-known pass catchers like Nyheim Hines, Austin Ekeler, D’Andre Swift, JD McKissic, and Aaron Jones.
Salvon Ahmed got an opportunity while Gaskin was out with injuries and while he was on the COVID list, but Gaskin came back and got his job back pretty easily both times.
There is definitely risk in drafting Gaskin; the split in that backfield can be more distributed than we think, and the Dolphins don’t have any draft capital invested in him to make them feel like they have to utilize him. However, that risk is built into his price of the 4th round right now.
If I already have my RB2 by the 4thround, I might pass on him to grab a stud WR. If I grabbed a couple of stud WRs in the first three rounds, Gaskin will definitely be on my radar.