Bishop Sankey NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report for Titans RB

Ryan Lownes@@ryanlownesFeatured ColumnistMarch 24, 2014

SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 29: Bishop Sankey #25 of Washington rushes the ball as Tana Pritchard #33 of Washington State tries to make a tackle during the second half of a game at Husky Stadium on November 29, 2013 in Seattle, Washington. Washington won the game 27-17. Sankey broke the University of Washington  all-time record for rushing touchdowns and total rushing yardage. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
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Bishop Sankey, RB, Washington (HT: 5’9½”, WT: 209 lbs)

Tennessee Titans (Titans trade 42nd pick to Eagles for 54th and 122nd picks)

Second Round: 54th Pick 

NFL Comparison: Knowshon Moreno, RB, Denver Broncos

Combine Weigh-in
HeightWeightArmHand
509420931"10"
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Combine Workout
40-yd dash10-yd splitVertBroad3-ConeShuttle
4.491.5935.5"10'6"6.754.00
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Positives

  • Displays good acceleration, bursting through the hole and hitting the line of scrimmage with a lot of speed when he runs decisively.
  • Fairly elusive, able to side-step defenders in space and reduce contact when running between the tackles.
  • Is able to make himself skinny in the hole.
  • Generally runs with good pad level and is able to absorb some contact.
  • Good receiver out of the backfield, can be a threat in the flat. Catches the ball securely and can snag it cleanly outside his frame.
  • Willing and capable pass-blocker. Is quick to pick up his man and flashes a potent punch.
  • Able to recognize the blitz and steer defenders past the quarterback, keeping the pocket clean
  • Very good athlete with impressive lateral agility.
  • Performed extremely well at the NFL Scouting Combine finishing near or at the top of the running back group in most athletic tests.
  • Demonstrates vision at times, identifies small creases in traffic and finds cutback lanes in the open field.
  • An instinctive runner capable of finding space and creating his own yards.
  • At his best when he sticks his foot in the ground, makes one cut, and explodes upfield.
  • Highly productive college player with several school records despite declaring for the NFL draft as a junior.
  • Compact with a muscular build at 5’9 ½”, 209 pounds.
  • Great character, a team captain that excelled both on the field and in the classroom.

 

Negatives

  • Patience can be a double-edged sword. He occasionally runs tentatively, hesitating when his running lanes are congested.
  • Is not an especially tough or physical runner. Does not break many tackles.
  • Average balance, his momentum is easily redirected by defenders and he too often goes down on first contact.
  • Lacks great power, does not punish defenders or push the pile.
  • Dances behind the line of scrimmage at times, loses yardage too often.
  • Often stops his legs on contact and fails to gain additional yardage, can be stood up.
  • Not extraordinarily quick or dynamic in his movement.
  • Can be quick to bounce outside and spends too much of his time running east-west.
  • Despite impressive timed speed, he is not much of a breakaway threat and appears to lack the extra gear.
  • Not great in short-yardage situations.
  • Pass-protection technique could stand to improve, he must do a better job at times at following up after first contact and finishing the block.
  • Ball security is an issue, put the ball on the ground too much during his college career.

 

 

Rushing Statistics
YearTeamCarYdsAvgTD
2011Washington281876.71
2012Washington28914395.016
2013Washington32718705.720
http://www.gohuskies.com/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=208062146
Receiving Statistics
YearTeamRecYdsAvgTD
2011Washington6142.30
2012Washington332497.50
2013Washington2830410.91
http://www.gohuskies.com/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=208062146

 

Personal Notes

  • Second team All-American 2013
  • First team All-Pac 12 2013
  • Second team Academic All-Pac 12 2013
  • Named a team captain as a junior 2013
  • Honorable mention All-Pac 12 2012

 

Ratings Chart

nces.ed.gov

 

Overall

An immensely productive back over the past two seasons in the competitive Pac-12, Bishop Sankey made the decision to declare for the NFL draft as a junior. He put his athleticism on display at the NFL Scouting Combine, where he stood out in a weak position group. While he lacks ideal power and vision, his abilities to both block and contribute as a receiver out of the backfield should help him to see the field early at the next level.

 

Draft Projection: Third-Fourth Round

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