Myles Gaskin says one of his best attributes as a tailback is patience.
He had to show plenty of that on the final day of the 2019 NFL Draft.
Gaskin, an O’Dea High School graduate who set the all-time rushing record at the University of Washington, did a lot of unexpected waiting at his parents’ house Saturday for a team to call.
The Miami Dolphins finally did – in the seventh round, selecting Gaskin with the 234th overall pick out of 254 players drafted.
“There was a lot leading up to it – a lot of emotions,” Gaskin told Miami-area media Saturday after he was picked. “But I’m very thankful for even being considered to be in the draft. … I know it’s on the other side of the country, but I’m very happy.”
The good part of his long wait is the opportunity waiting for him with the Dolphins, who used a committee of tailbacks among Kalen Ballage, Kenyan Drake and Kenneth Fowles.
And Gaskin comes into that group as easily the most accomplished tailback from college, joining Wisconsin’s Ron Dayne as the only running backs in FBS history to rush for at least 1,200 yards in four consecutive seasons.
“He may have had a longer wait in the draft than his production at UW warranted, but he landed in a terrific spot in Miami,” NFL draft analyst Rob Rang said. “He will have an opportunity for early playing time, and a scheme that will take advantage of his vision, burst and soft hands.”
Gaskin becomes the sixth O’Dea product to be an NFL draft pick, joining Pat Brady (1952 to Pittsburgh), Demetrious DuBose (1993 to Tampa Bay), Ray Hall (1995 to Jacksonville), Nate Burleson (2003 to Minnesota) and Taylor Mays (2010 to San Francisco).