2014 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Bishop Sankey
To prepare for the 2014 NFL Draft InsidetheFilmRoom is breaking down the best 5 prospects from every position. This week we are examining the top running back prospects and we are focusing our attention on Washington’s Bishop Sankey today.
A two starter at Washington, Sankey was a key component in the Huskies reassurance under Steve Sarkisian. His all around game was utilized as he ran for nearly 1,900 yards and caught 30 passes out of the backfield last season. His lack of power and explosiveness limits his potential at the next level but he should be able to become a reliable 3rd down back.
Natural Runner: Runs with great balance, good forward lean, quick feet, understands how to set up blockers and has a inherent feel for running the football.
Great Vision: Sees cut back lanes and notices when defenses are out of position– particularly second level defenders that take bad angles.
Pass Catcher: Soft hands, understands the soft spots of zone coverage on checkdowns, great at slipping out of the backfield on screens, good in space and most likely where he will be utilized in NFL.
Lack of Power: Slender build, lack of leg drive, doesn’t run with sometimes looks to avoid contact.
Dances in the Backfield: Hesitates when running lane is clogged, too much East/West and one of the primary reasons behind his lack of power.
Overall: After carrying the load at UW as a every down back Sankey projects as a ‘air’ back or 3rd down back in the NFL. That said he doesn’t possess elite speed to be a game changer out of the backfield. Instead, Sankey best attributes — finding space, soft hands and adequate pass blocking– will allow him to a safety net of sorts for a pass heavy team.
Prediction: Mid 3rd Round
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