Baltimore Ravens Should Pass on Bishop Sankey in 2014 NFL Draft

By Jermaine Lockett
Bishop Sankey
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Many Draft experts have Bishop Sankey rated as the top RB in the draft, but I think otherwise. I believe that when it comes to draft selections there needs to be convincing tape of power, speed, agility and play-making ability, and with Sankey, I believe credit goes to his offensive line more than him in general. The Baltimore Ravens will need to take a deeper look at Sankey to ensure that his talent level is as good as analysts are saying it is.

When the Ravens go after a player, Eric DeCosta and Ozzie Newsome will have done their homework so extensively that they will know with confidence if this is or is not their guy. I am confident they will pass because of two reasons. The first reason is that while Sankey is nimble, he fails to drop a shoulder and run through players. I saw plays where he does lower his pad level, but there is no shocking blow delivered to the defender that makes them fear his presence.

The second reason I think Baltimore should pass is because of last year. Ray Rice was terrible in the zone blocking scheme, and so was any other RB that lined up in the backfield to run behind that scheme. That scheme will not change and the holes were too small to run through. The holes that Sankey ran through were about as wide as the ones that Emmitt Smith ran through in the 1990s.

Sankey is a one-cut speedster who has vision but lacks power. He is a good back but not a top back and most certainly not a fit for the Ravens. This RB has a chance to do some good in this league, but it is safe to say that it won’t be in Baltimore.

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