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  • 4.49 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 36.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 116.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6.78 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.18 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 11.36 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Top Performer
  • 5'11" Height
  • 30 1/4" Arm Length
  • 220LBS. Weight
  • 9" Hands


2013: Second-team All-Pac-12 pick and Doak Walker Award semifinalist after finishing fifth in FBS with 21 rushing touchdowns -- the third-most in school history. 2012: Left the team to pursue professional baseball career with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Batted .297 with the State College Spikes, a Single-A league team. 2011: Appeared in 13 games. 2010: Appeared in 10 of 13 games after missing three with an injury. 2009: Appeared in 12 games. Misc.: Three-year starting outfielder at Stanford, batting .301 with 132 runs and 76 RBIs.



Excellent size. Effective inside runner. Nice vision and patience. Runs behind his pads -- churns his legs through contact and fights for extra yards. Good hands as a receiver out of the backfield. Highly competitive. Tough and durable. Well-conditioned athlete -- showed he could handle a heavy workload after a year away from the gridiron (averaged 24 carries per game).


Tight-hipped and straight-linish. Limited twitch and wiggle. Gears down to cut. Average quickness to and through the hole. Runs duck-footed and lacks breakaway speed -- tracked down from behind. Has split his time and training between two sports.

Draft Projection

Rounds 6-7

Bottom Line

Gaffney, who doubles as a baseball player, rejoined the Cardinal football team after a one-year stint in Class A. Did not skip a beat, shouldering the load as a feature back and putting himself back on the NFL radar by showing 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
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.