Bishop Sankey, RB, Washington (HT: 5’9½”, WT: 209 lbs)
Second Round: 54th Pick
NFL Comparison: Knowshon Moreno, RB, Denver Broncos
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- 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.
- 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.
- 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
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