Tyler Gaffney (RB), Stanford
5'11" | 220 lbs.
2013 collegiate honors:
All-Pac 12 first team, USA Today All-America second team, Doak Walker Award semifinalist
What scouts are saying:
Shows "inside running skills as a big, athletic, downhill back willing to grind out the tough yards. Has the determination and competitiveness to earn a backup role for a power-running team." (Nolan Nawrocki, NFL.com)
"Gaffney is built well for the position and has the power and coordinated athleticism that fit the Stanford ground-and-pound style. He's at his best when he stays patient and allows blocks to develop, but too often he runs into the backs of his blockers and struggles to stay clean as a runner with streaky vision. (CBSSports.com)
"Solidly-built with good body strength. Balanced runner with admirable toughness to shake and slide off tacklers. Runs hard and physical and would rather go through defenders than around them - will deliver hits with a strong stiff arm and often fall forward. Coordinated athlete with light feet." (CBSSports.com)
"Playing behind one of the nation’s best offensive lines, with at least three potential first- and second-round picks, Gaffney made the most of his opportunities this season. His ability to pick up key yards after contact will help separate him from the rest of the running back class in the upcoming NFL draft. If he can put in a good showing at the NFL combine, Gaffney could be a third-round selection." (PredictionMachine.com)
Fit for Bears:
The Bears said goodbye to Michael Bush this offseason after two marginal seasons, the last of which he averaged just 3.1 yards per carry on only 63 carries. Matt Forte is one of the true workhorse running backs in the NFL, and he rarely comes out of the game, but Phil Emery will need to replace Bush with another bruising running back who can pick up short yardage on third downs. Gaffney may be that player. He ran for more than 1,700 yards and 21 touchdowns last year behind one of the country's best offensive lines, and his strength should make him a capable No. 2 running back for a team that wants to run between the tackles. That could be Chicago.