When the 2012 season ended, Washington running back Bishop Sankey totaled 289 carries for 1,439 yards and 16 TDs, he then topped those numbers this past season with 306 carries, 1,775 yards and 18 TDs (breaking Corey Dillon’s single season rushing record).
Sankey enters the 2014 NFL Draft Class as one of the top five running backs.
Sankey is an effective inside runner who displays good power, leg drive and the ability to break arm tackles and gain yards after contact. He has above average top speed for a running back and has clocked in with 4.55 40 yard dash.
Sankey’s powerful on outside running plays, displaying the burst needed to get to the corner and turn upfield and gain 20-30 yards. He noticeably light on his feet and has amazing top tier speed. One of his most impressive attributes is his ability to change directions with such ease and without losing his top speed. At Washington, Sankey shows very good vision of the wholes given by the offensive line.
It is exciting seeing his strength which is his juke move. A very touch, savy running back who will not be afraid of some contact. Although he probably isn't the best running back prospect, there are few runners in this class that have as well-rounded of a skill-set as him. Sankey has the potential to gain a ton of yards in the NFL.
Many scouts say that He is good in pass protection and that he quickly diagnoses assignment and is effective at point of impact. Coaches at Washington have credited him for having reliable hands in the passing game with the ability to secure the football and make a play after the catch.
Since Sankey has just above average speed it would probably be a good idea to gain a few pounds of muscle to bulk up some. For some reason, he gets overlooked a lot because of his lack of top tier speed, but he is fast enough to overcome that obstacle.
Sankey projects to be an early to late second round pick in this year's draft. If he does indeed get drafted to a team with a good run blocking offensive line, he could be a 1,000 yard rusher in his first season.
If he can improve his stock at the pro days and combine then he could end up getting an opportunity to be a starter at the next level right out of the gate. Sankey's name will definitely be a name we will be hearing a lot during the draft and next season.
Written by, Dedrick Hendrix
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