Sankey, who broke Corey Dillon's single-season school rushing yards with 1,870 in 2013 to go with 20 touchdowns in 13 games, is projected as a second-round prospect, according to NFLDraftScout.com ratings. He is currently the No. 3-rated running back potentially eligible for the 2014 draft, behind fellow juniors Kadeem Carey of Arizona and Auburn's Tre Mason, who not officially stated their intentions. Sankey is the No. 54-rated prospect overall.
"The time is right," Sankey said, per ESPN, which reported he has not yet hired an agent. "I've proven what I needed to prove. I have to look at the position I play and the number of carries."
According to NFLDraftScout.com Analyst Dane Brugler, Sankey's main strengths are his patience to follow blocks and willingness to lower his pads and take on contact. "Balance and low pad level allows him to bounce off defenders with enough wiggle to win in one-on-one opportunities in the open field," Brugler wrote in comparing Sankey's strengths to those of the Baltimore Ravens' Ray Rice.
Sankey is the second Husky to forego his senior season since Chris Petersen took over the program. Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins announced he would enter the NFL Draft following Washington's victory over BYU in the Fight Hunger Bowl.