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Twitter Reacts as Bishop Sankey Is Selected by Titans in 2014 NFL Draft

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - DECEMBER 27:  Bishop Sankey #25 of the Washington Huskies rushes for a twelve yard touchdown against the BYU Cougars during the first quarter in the Fight Hunger Bowl at AT&T Park on December 27, 2013 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistMay 10, 2014

Exit Chris Johnson. Enter Bishop Sankey.

Once the Tennessee Titans released the former MVP, it left a huge hole in their backfield. They have decided to fill that hole with Sankey, drafting him 54th overall in the 2014 NFL draft:

The former Washington star was the first running back taken, and in doing so, broke Giovani Bernard's record for the latest selection of the first RB in an NFL draft, according to ESPN Stats & Info:

Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller seemed to take the dearth of running backs through the first two rounds as a personal affront. He expressed his relief when he heard Sankey's name:

As ESPN's Chris Mortensen tweeted out, the Huskies runner had a historic career at the school, setting records in both rushing yards and touchdowns in a season:

While Sankey doesn't have blinding speed, he is quick and will break plenty of big runs. He ran a 4.49 40-yard dash at the combine. Unlike his predecessor, though, he is more of an inside rusher who will eat up yards slowly during a game.   

Johnson is unquestionably a talented runner and accomplished great things in Tennessee, but far too often he couldn't consistently gain positive yardage. That won't be a problem with Sankey.'s Daniel Jeremiah also praised Sankey's pass-blocking. The Titans won't have to take him out on passing downs, which gives the offense a little more unpredictability:

Mortensen envisions Sankey and Shonn Greene splitting some carries in the backfield:

Tom Gower of Football Outsiders thinks Dexter McCluster will get thrown in there as well:

While running backs are becoming less and less valued in the NFL, Eddie Lacy and Bernard provided major contributions to their teams last year. The former was named Offensive Rookie of the Year, and the latter had his fair share of highlight-reel plays.

While Sankey may not have that kind of immediate impact, he does give the Titans a much-needed replacement for Johnson, in addition to saving the team a ton of money.

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