Name: Bishop Sankey
Weight: 209 lbs.
Strengths: Looking at Sankey, there’s no one thing which stands out about him upon first glance, but pop in a game and he jumps off the screen. Sankey has great vision and does a fantastic job seeing—and then getting through—the hole at the line of scrimmage. He also does a great job setting up and following his blockers. Sankey is elusive in traffic, showing a good jump-cut. He also runs stronger than you’d expect in the interior, leaning forward and driving with his legs. Sankey shows good acceleration when he gets to the second level and his 4.49 speed is evident on tape. Sankey is also a three-down back—he can catch the ball well, and can get extra yards after a catch. He’s also a much better pass-blocker than you’d expect from his size and frame, and achieves success with technique rather than brute force.
Weakness: Because of his size and frame, as well as the high number of carries he saw over his last two years, there are some concerns about his durability. Granted, he never missed a game and was a workhorse back for the Huskies, but long term, it’s fair to wonder how much he has left in the tank. Sankey also will expose the ball when running—specifically when he is trying to maintain balance. This can lead to turnovers and if he doesn’t change it, teams will go after the ball.
Intangibles: By all accounts, Sankey is a solid worker and good teammate. He has no off-the-field issues I’m aware of at this time.
Notes: Sankey is a very good all-around running back. There’s little to dislike about his game and while his upside isn’t as good as Tre Mason or Carlos Hyde’s you can build an argument that he could be ranked ahead of Ka’Deem Carey. The heavy workload is a concern, but it’s not so bad that he will collapse before his rookie contract is out and may even outlast that. This is assuming someone picks him as a lead, bell-cow back—something less common in today’s NFL. If part of a committee, Sankey could be productive for a very long time.