Washington running back Myles Gaskin tosses a ball behind his back during UW’s pro day on April 1, 2019, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Washington running back Myles Gaskin tosses a ball behind his back during UW’s pro day on April 1, 2019, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Lynnwood native Gaskin selected by Dolphins in NFL draft

The former star RB at Washington gets taken by Miami in the seventh round.

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Myles Gaskin is headed to the pros.

The Miami Dolphins selected the Lynnwood native and former star running back at Washington in the seventh round with the 234th overall pick in the NFL draft on Saturday.

Gaskin was the first player in Pac-12 history to rush for 1,000 yards in four seasons. He set several UW records, including career rushing yards (5,323) and career rushing touchdowns (57) and total touchdowns (62).

Gaskin put on weight after the season, weighing in at 205 pounds at the NFL Combine and 198 at UW’s pro day. He said he’s comfortable around 200 pounds. During pro day, Gaskin said he wanted to show off his speed and versatility.

“Just kind of reassuring myself and reassuring other people that I can do whatever they need me do,” he said.

Gaskin will join a running back group in Miami that includes Kenyan Drake, Kalen Ballage, Kenneth Fowles and Auburn’s Chandler Cox, who was selected with the pick ahead of Gaskin.

“I think I’m a patient back,” Gaskin told Miami media. “I think I’ve got good hands out of the backfield. I think when I see daylight I can separate from a lot of people and (I’m) just a hungry dude trying to get better each and every day.”

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