Tyler Gaffney, RB

School: Stanford  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: San Diego, CA
Height/Weight: 6-0 / 220 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.492.571.51- 36 1/29'8"4.186.78

Player Overview

Gaffney spent three seasons stuck as the back-up RB behind Toby Gerhart and Stepfan Taylor, recording 791 combined yards over his first three years at Stanford.

He also played three seasons of baseball for the Cardinal and decided to play baseball in 2012 after he was selected in the 24th round of the MLB Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates - batted .297 for State College (Pa.) in the Class-A New York-Penn League. But he returned to the Stanford football team in 2013 and earned the starting running back job, finishing eighth in the country in rushing yards (1,709).

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.

Gaffney is a little slow through the line of scrimmage, but he's a workhorse who can wear down defenses - worth a third day draft pick to be a complimentary piece of a NFL backfield.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: 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.

Tough at the point of attack and not easy to bring down with arm tackles. Strong inside runner and a very smart and assignment sound runner to stay in his lane. Churns out yards as a workhorse back and runs the same late in games as he does in the 1st quarter.

Gives up his frame as a blocker. Ability as a receiver out of the backfield. Productive senior season and finished top-10 in the FBS in rushing yards (1,709) and rushing scores (21) despite not playing football in 2012. Dedicated and hard-working athlete and gets the most out of his body and ability.

WEAKNESSES: Lack of burst shows after slowing down or changing directions. Doesn't have much body wiggle to elude in space. Inconsistent vision and not always decisive at the line of scrimmage. Sluggish through the middle and takes too long to get north-south. Bad habit of running up the backs of his blockers and needs to be more agile between the hashes.

Will have some drops when he takes his eyes off the ball. Only one season as a starter and production comes in a run-heavy, smash-mouth offense. Where does baseball fit in his long-term plans?

--Dane Brugler

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05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Panthers' picks: Round 6/204 -- Tyler Gaffney, RB, 5-11, 220, Stanford...Many think one of the last things the Panthers need is another running back, but they're rightfully concerned about wear and tear on veterans DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart. Gaffney tried pursuing a professional baseball career for a year before returning to Stanford's football team in 2013. - The Sports Xchange


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