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Bishop Sankey Scouting Report

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Bishop Sankey RB Washington #25
Ht: 5’9″
Wt: 209

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Size/Athleticism: Slightly undersized but has elite measurables for a back of his size. Posted best three-cone and short-shuttle times at the combine among all running backs and ranked among the best in the 40 and bench press.

Vision: A patient runner who is willing to take his time following his blockers until the hole emerges. Doesn’t usually force it if it isn’t there—he’s willing to take what’s given him and turn everything into a positive play, even if only for a yard or two. Has a knack for slipping through small holes in the line and is surprisingly productive between the tackles as a result.

Power: Adequate leg drive for an undersized running back, but he seems to lack balance and goes down on contact too often. He’s a similar runner to Doug Martin in many ways, but pales in comparison in this area.

Speed/Agility: Has enough speed to bounce it outside and break off some long runs. Doesn’t always run with great balance, and plays a little out of control at times. Despite combine times, he isn’t exceptionally explosive. He can make guys miss in the open field, but he isn’t as elusive in tight spaces as the ideal undersized running back. Athleticism shows when he’s moving forward, but it’s the side-to-side movement and footwork when he’s dancing around linemen in the trenches where he’s a notch below the ideal ability for a runner of his size.

Passing Game: Didn’t get a ton of chance, but was always productive in the passing game. Used on a lot of screens, giving him opportunities in space where he’s most effective. Does a nice job snatching the ball away from his body. Enormous hands for his size (for comparison, they’re 3/8″ larger than Mike Evans’).

Intangibles: Team captain in 2013. Coaches speak highly of his work ethic and leadership.

Durability: Suffered a rib injury in 2013. 653 touches during his final two years—a lot of wear and tear for a smaller back.


Comments: Sankey does everything well, but nothing great. I wouldn’t bet against him, but he also doesn’t show enough to project as a surefire starter at the next level. He reminds me of Justin Forsett, who has had flashes of productivity when given opportunities but has never been able to hold down a starting job. Like Forsett, Sankey has the tools to stick around in the league for awhile in some capacity, but it may only be as a backup.

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