Matt Waldman’s RSP Boiler Room examines a touchdown run from 2019 NFL Draft prospect Myles Gaskin and broaches the topic of analyzing broken tackles.
Myles Gaskin made a good decision to return to Washington in 2018. Although he’s handled the workload for three consecutive years and has been among the yardage leaders at his position, the all-purpose back can display more patience with the primary design of his run plays.
More on that point in a future Boiler Room episode. An area where Gaskin thrives that will help him earn a roster spot in the NFL is pad level and balance. Gaskin understands how to attack opponents with the pad level and leverage to generate a push and broken tackles.
His touchdown run against Utah where he bounces off a defensive end’s hit is a good example. It’s also an appropriate starting point for the topic of tracking broken tackles.
What do broken tackles really tell us? If not separated into a variety of categories, it’s almost useless. There are a variety of reasons why a ball carrier breaks a tackle:
- Advantageous Leverage: This is a product of good technique and awareness.
- Power: The strength to pull through a wrap.
- Balance: Bouncing off a hit.
- Quickness and Agility: A lot of backs with strong broken tackle totals eliminate good angles with their quickness and agility.
Like any of these three categories, we could cross-reference them with the size of the opponent, the point of the body where the tackle attempt is made, and whether the defender took a good angle, and used correct form to hit, wrap, and drive.
Gaskin is not a powerful back. He wins with a mixture of leverage, quickness, agility, and balance — and arguably in that order of importance. The biggest question ahead for scouts is whether Gaskin’s quickness and agility are NFL caliber. If so, he could contribute to an offense like Duke Johnson or James White.
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