Bishop Sankey, RB

School: Washington  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Spokane, WA
Height/Weight: 5-10 / 209 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.492.61-26 35 1/2-4.006.75
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.492.511.5326 35 1/210'6"4.006.75

Player Overview

Sankey was rated as the No. 150 overall prospect in the nation and No. 17 running back by Scout.com coming out of Gonzaga Prep in Spokane, Wash. He matriculated over the Cascades to play for the Huskies in western Washington, and saw action in 12 of 13 games in 2011, finishing with 71 yards and a touchdown on eight carries.

With Jessie Callier continuing to battle knee injuries, Sankey burst onto the scene in 2012, earning honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors while racking up 1,429 rushing yards on 289 carries. He averaged 110.0 rushing yards per game and scored 16 touchdowns.

He polished off the season by earning MVP honors at the MAACO Bowl in Las Vegas by rushing for a bowl-record 205 yards on 30 carries while adding another 74 yards on six receptions.

Despite inconsistent offensive line and quarterback play at times in 2013, Sankey broke Corey Dillon's single-season school rushing record with 1,870 yards and scored 20 touchdowns in 13 games. That, along with a chance in coaching staffs, was good enough to convince Sankey to toss his hat into the ring for the 2014 NFL Draft.

"The time is right," Sankey said on Dec. 30. "I've proven what I needed to prove. I have to look at the position I play and the number of carries."

Hard-working son of an Air Force sergeant is a respected team leader who has the physicality and mentality to be a starter in the NFL

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Natural football player who is better than the sum of his parts. Possesses excellent vision. Quickly identifies the hole and shows good burst to and through the line of scrimmage. Good lateral agility, including an impressive jump-cut to elude defenders in tight spaces.

Much more effective interior runner than he looks due to impressive core strength and forward lean. Possesses subtle quickness as would-be tacklers arrive to slip and slide through contact and is too strong for arm tackles. Rarely takes flush hits. Lowers his shoulder when preparing to do so, covering the ball with both hands.

Pass blocks the same way in which he runs, showing subtle power and quickness to quietly get the job despite less than ideal size. Quick to step up in pass protection, showing good technique to deflect, slide and anchor, as necessary, rather than slamming into bigger pass rushers. Soft, natural hands out of the backfield.

Durable. Never missed a game and emerged as workhorse. Recognized by the UW coaching staff as a hard worker and team leader. Voted team captain as a junior.

WEAKNESSES: Slim shoulders and possesses a relatively slight frame for the position, overall. Good but not great balance, occasionally swinging his arms to maintain control and in doing so will leave the ball exposed. Saw an awful lot of touches (653) over his final two seasons, leading to some concerns about how tread is left on his tires.

COMPARES TO: Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals - Like Bernard, Sankey does not possess the ideal frame for a bell-cow running back, but his vision, agility, burst and underrated power make him every effective as an "air" back. Capable of handling third down duties, as well, Sankey ranks as one of 2014's best all-purpose backs and, like Bernard (the first back selected in the 2013 draft), he could earn the highest grade among all runners of his class for some teams.

--Rob Rang

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