Washington Huskies star running back Bishop Sankey has decided to join teammate and tight end Austin Sefarian-Jenkins and take his talents to the NFL in 2014, making known his intentions to declare for the draft next May.
“The time is right,” Sankey said. “I’ve proven what I needed to prove. I have to look at the position I play and the number of carries.”
The way the running back position is valued, Sankey is a sure-fire second or third round pick if he checks out medically. The 5’11″ 202 pound junior ran for 1,870 yards and 20 touchdowns this season, and hauled in 28 passes for 304 yards and another score.
His productivity over the last couple of years is hard to ignore, and the fact that he can be a capable third down back as a receiver bodes really well for his chances of getting drafted high.
Sankey has drawn some comparisons to Ray Rice for his elusiveness between the tackles, and despite the fact that he doesn’t have the kind of bulk that a guy like Rice has, Sankey is just as good in short yardage at this point in his career.
He has a tendency to take too many runs to the outside, but I think this kid is strong enough and has good enough vision as a young back that he can be effective right away as a rookie.
It’ll be very interesting to see where Sankey winds up come May.