by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
Washington’s Bishop Sankey was one of the most productive running backs in college football in 2013. When a running back puts up this type of line you would think there are high expectations:
1,870 yards (5.7 yards/carry)
28 receptions for 304 yards and 1 TD
However, there are also some concerns based on his size (5’9″, 209 lbs.). NFL.com in their combine scouting report for Sankey said that:
“Lacks ideal bulk and functional run strength — not a robust tackle-breaker. Too often grounded by single-tacklers or tripped up by the ankles. Shows some hip tightness. Average explosion, speed and elusiveness.”
His performance at the Combine helped his cause, however, and may have helped to minimize some of the doubts. According to Walter Football:
“At the Combine, Sankey ran faster than expected and looked good in the receiving drills. He had a strong performance to help his draft stock.”
NFL.com has his 40 time listed as 4.49 seconds and is also marked as around the top performers in the bench press (26 reps), broad jump (126.0 inches), 3 cone drill (6.75 seconds) and 20 yard shuttle (4.00 seconds). Those are impressive numbers, but the concerns are obviously not simply going to go away.
There’s a good chance that his game fails to translate to the NFL, and it’s going to be difficult for any team to trust him if his blocking is sub par. Those concerns make him seem more like a rotational back, with the potential to sit on third downs and at the goal line.
While his landing spot will ultimately determine his value, it doesn’t seem like he will be anything more than a late round flier.
Sources – NFL.com, Walter Football