2014 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Washington RB Bishop Sankey

Bishop Sankey, 2014 NFL Draft

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Bishop Sankey had a very productive final two seasons at Washington, culminating in a school-record 1,870 rushing yards and the most yards from scrimmage in the Pac-12 (2,174) in 2013 along with 20 touchdowns on the ground. As a sophomore in 2012 he took over as the Huskies’ No. 1 running back and finished in the top-10 in the conference in rushing yards (1,439-fifth), rushing touchdowns (16-third) and yards from scrimmage (1,688-sixth).

Sankey has looked good throughout the pre-draft process, which prompted NFL Network’s Mike Mayock to put him atop his running back rankings after the NFL Combine and has led to speculation he could be the first running back drafted this year.

After further review, here is my look at Sankey with May’s draft fast approaching.

Height: 5’10″
Weight: 209 lbs.

Strengths

- Shows excellent initial quickness and burst; runs decisively and makes sharp cuts

- Exhibits excellent vision, patience and lateral agility

- Is a natural pass catcher; catches the ball with his hands

- Is a willing, and surprisingly effective, blocker

- Shows good lower body strength; breaks arm tackles with ease

- Runs with good forward lean

Weaknesses

- Is not thickly built; has a slim frame and upper body

- Is more elusive than overly powerful as a runner

- Workload over the past two seasons (616 carries; 677 total touches) is a concern

Outlook

Sankey has most often drawn favorable comparisons to Giovani Bernard of the Cincinnati Bengalswho was the first running back drafted in 2013. We are likely to see the first round of May’s draft go by again without a running back being selected, but as things are right now the Atlanta Falcons (37th overall), Tennessee Titans (42nd overall), New York Giants (43rd overall), Baltimore Ravens (48th overall) and New York Jets (49th overall) all may look to draft a running back in the second round

Brad Berreman is a Senior Writer at Rant Sports.com. Follow him in Twitter or connect on Google +.


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