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Bishop Sankey | Running Back

Team: Washington Huskies
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 200

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Titans selected Washington RB Bishop Sankey with the No. 54 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.
Sankey is the first running back off the board. The No. 54 pick is the latest the draft's first runner has ever been selected. Sankey (5-foot-9 1/2, 209) turned pro as a third-year junior after rushing for 3,496 yards and 37 TDs on 644 carries (5.43 YPC), adding 65 career catches. He broke Corey Dillon's school record for single-season rushing yards (1,870) in 2013, and ran 4.49 at the Combine, impressing with a 10-foot-6 broad jump and outstanding times in the short shuttle (4.00) and three-cone drill (6.75). Sankey's measurables don't show up consistently on film, however, where his burst, tackle breaking and vision underwhelm. Perhaps an NFL conditioning program and position coach can maximize his t-shirt-and-shorts athleticism. Ultimately, we see him as a poor man's Gio Bernard. He'll try to strike lightning next to Shonn Greene's plodding thunder. May 9 - 8:48 PM

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An NFL scout speaking with the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel called Washington's Bishop Sankey a "poor man's Emmitt Smith."

"He's got a little bit of Emmitt Smith in him," said one scout. "He's like a poor man's Emmitt Smith. He can run everywhere. He's just not a real burner. But he's got quickness and vision, and he's a hell of a kid. He's tougher than (expletive)." Interestingly, more than one scout made the Smith comparison, with another stating: "He's not as strong as Emmitt but looks the way Emmitt looked when he came to the Cowboys. I just don't think he will be big enough to take the every-day pounding." Sankey broke Corey Dillon's school record with 1,870 rushing yards last year. "He's pretty damn good," said a third scout. "He's not dynamic but the kid's got great feel and is quick as hell. Real similar to Giovani Bernard."
May 4 - 9:17 PM

NFL Films' Greg Cosell perceives Washington's Bishop Sankey, Baylor's Lache Seastrunk, and Arizona's Ka'Deem Carey as similar spread and/or rotational RBs.

Seastrunk and Carey are often lumped together using this logic, but some scouts think Sankey transcends being summarily pigeonholed. For instance, NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock ranked Sankey as his top RB earlier this month, and last week NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah made a comparison between his running style and Doug Martin's. "If you're going to run as your foundation offense, a three-wide, one-back spread-type offense, then you can play I believe with the Lache Seastrunks, maybe a Bishop Sankey, maybe a Ka'Deem Carey," said Cosell. "If you're going to line up with you know, 12 personnel, one back, two tight ends, or two backs and one tight end, I'm not sure those guys can do that for you on a consistent basis." At the NFL Combine, Sankey posted a 4.49 forty, 26 bench press reps, a 35.5 inch vertical and a 126 inch broad jump.
Mar 26 - 11:58 PM

NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah tweeted Washington RB Bishop Sankey's running style is reminiscent of Doug Martin's.

Sankey has "quick feet" and is "elusive in tight quarters," per Jeremiah. Rotoworld's Josh Norris thinks Martin was more physical than Sankey and could be first contact more frequently, but there are a group of evaluators that list Sankey near the top among prospects at his position, including Mike Mayock.
Mar 17 - 10:37 AM

NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock lists Washington's Bishop Sankey as his top RB in the class.

Mayock's updated list of Top-5 running backs is rounded out, in order, by Ohio State's Carlos Hyde, LSU's Jeremy Hill, Boston College's Andre Williams, and Auburn's Tre Mason. The Washington Husky moved from Mayock's No. 3 spot up to No. 1 after the NFL Combine. Sankey posted a 4.49 forty, 26 bench press reps, a 35.5 inch vertical and 126 inch broad jump. Don't expect Sankey, or any running back, to crack the first-round in May.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 3 - 4:53 PM

NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock compared Washington RB Bishop Sankey to Cincinnati Bengals rookie Giovani Bernard.

"I want to see him catch the football. I don't get to see enough diversity of catches and routes off his tape. I think he can be a lot like the kid out of North Carolina (Bernard), if he can catch the football like that," Mayock said. Sankey rushed for 1,870 yards and 20 touchdowns on 327 carries in 2013. The Huskies' star received a third-round grade from the NFL Draft Advisory Board. While he doesn't possess any elite attributes, Sankey shows receiving potential and runs with patience and vision.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 20 - 7:00 PM

Scouts Inc.'s Steve Muench was impressed with Washington junior RB Bishop Sankey's ability to change direction and vision.

Muench, however, did call Sankey's top end speed average on film. The Washington product produced at a high level this season, but we see him as a third day pick rather than landing in the second- or third-round.
Jan 29 - 11:15 AM

Washington junior RB Bishop Sankey declared for the 2014 NFL Draft.

Sankey rushed for 95 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries in his last collegiate game, Friday's bowl victory over BYU. He rushed for 1,870 yards and 20 touchdowns on 327 carries in 2013. Sankey received a third-round grade from the NFL Draft Advisory Board. He doesn't possess any elite attributes, but Sankey is a solid receiving back who runs with good patience and vision. He should be a productive platoon back at the next level and we expect his name to be called on the draft's second day.
Mon, Dec 30, 2013 07:31:00 PM

Washington junior RB Bishop Sankey rushed for 95 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries in the school's 31-16 win over BYU.

Sankey has been a productive runner all season, rushing for 1,870 yards and 20 touchdowns on 327 carries. He received a third-round grade form the NFL Draft Advisory Board, and with Washington changing coaching staffs we would not be surprised if Sankey jumps to the NFL. He does not shine in any one area.
Sat, Dec 28, 2013 10:26:00 AM

Washington junior RB Bishop Sankey received a third-round projection from the NFL Draft Advisory Board.

"It’s pretty much what I expected," Sankey said. "I’m going to talk to coach (Chris) Petersen and to my family after the bowl game and make a decision." With Melvin Gordon III staying in school, many backs have an argument for being the top running back in the class, Sankey included.
Tue, Dec 24, 2013 12:27:00 PM

Washington and BYU will play in the Fight Hunger Bowl on December 27.

Washington junior running back Bishop Sankey posted huge numbers at the beginning of the season, and senior quarterback Keith Price will likely earn a camp invite over the summer. This will surely be junior tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins last collegiate game. Huskies safety Sean Parker is also worth checking out. Versatile BYU outside linebacker Kyle Van Noy could receive a Kroy Biermann comparison, and receiver Cody Hoffman drew praise prior to the season.
Tue, Dec 10, 2013 10:37:00 AM

Draft insider Tony Pauline says it is a forgone conclusion that Washington junior RB Bishop Sankey declares for the NFL draft.

"The question is how does the arrival of Chris Petersen play into the equation?" Pauline asks. "For Sankey, the running back must decide how much he can elevate his draft stock by returning for another season." The Husky would likely be a second day selection if he entered May's draft.
Sat, Dec 7, 2013 10:48:00 AM

Washington junior RB Bishop Sankey rushed for 200 yards and a touchdown on 34 carries in a 27-17 win over Washington State.

Sankey has been the foundation of Washington's offense this season, rushing for at least 100 yards in all but three games. The Huskies are content to feed the junior running back, and he displays nice vision and balance to find room to run.
Fri, Nov 29, 2013 09:38:00 PM

Washington junior RB Bishop Sankey rushed for 179 yards and three touchdowns on 23 carries in the school's 69-27 win over Oregon State.

Washington had three rushers post over 140 yards in this contest. Sankey has produced at a high level this season, displaying nice lateral hops to find open areas of the field.
Sun, Nov 24, 2013 11:21:00 AM

Washington junior RB Bishop Sankey was held to just 22 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries against Arizona State.

The school lost 53-24. Huskies quarterback Keith price attempted 39 passes but only completed 16 of them, which likely didn't back defenses out of the box. Sankey has displayed great vision and patience, so one poor performance should not matter. He added one reception for 26 yards.
Mon, Oct 21, 2013 01:16:00 PM