NFL Draft Report Dream Team: Sankey

The NFL's longtime head scout compares Washington's Bishop Sankey — the top running back in this year's class — to Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith. "Sankey has the power to drag the pile and an incredible stiff arm to 'donut' a defender that gets in his path," reads his 5,400-word scouting report.

Much to the chagrin of fantasy football participants, the National Football League has de-emphasized the running back position in recent years, as more and more teams have become reliant on their aerial attack to move the chains. With play action, spread offensives, double-tight end formations and multiple-receiver sets, teams have begun to utilize a "running back by committee" approach, rather that count on a featured ball carrier.

Entering the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine, Washington's Bishop Sankey was regarded as the most productive tailback in college football. During his two seasons as a starter, he amassed 3,309 yards with 36 touchdowns while averaging 5.37 yards per carry. He also showed very capable receiving skills, pulling in 61 passes for 553 yards (9.07 ypc) during that span.

Our staff considers Sankey to be the only "complete" back in this draft and see striking similarities in his running style to that of former Dallas Cowboys great Emmitt Smith. Backing up that claim is his production as a big-play artist. He registered 99 runs for at least 10 yards (15.37%) for his career, as that figure includes 40-on-289 totes (13.84%) in 2012 and 50-on-327 tries in 2013 (15.29%). Twenty of those 2012 rushing attempts were good for 20 yards or longer, as he also gained at least 20 yards on 21 attempts in 2013.

In addition to his 38 career scoring runs, he produced crucial carries that led to 75 touchdown drives and on 19 more possessions that produced field goals. Among his 273 non-touchdown runs in 2012, it took more than one defender to stop him on 85 of those attempts (31.14%).

Any concerns about his possible lack of power was eliminated after his stellar weight room performance at the Combine, where Sankey's 225-pound bench press numbers (26 reps) topped all but one of the tailbacks and fullbacks that attended the event. Further evidence of his impressive power was highlighted when as a junior it took more than one defender to stop Sankey on 108-of-307 non-scoring carries (35.18%).

For his career, on 607 non-touchdown rushing attempts, multiple defenders were required to stop him on 203 of those totes (33.44%). He has recorded 131 of his 644 career carries (20.34%) inside the red zone, including 50 on goal-line plays (7.76%). As a pass catcher, 24 of his 67 receptions (35.82%) recorded first downs, as Sankey converted six third-down tosses and three more on fourth-down plays.

If his weight room performance at the Combine did not open eyes, Sankey's demonstrations in the agility tests and position drills certain accomplished that task. His 4.49-second 40-yard dash was ninth-best among all running backs, as he led that group in the 20-yard shuttle, timing 4.00 seconds, which was second-best for all running backs at the Combine in the last decade.

Sankey also led the 2014 draft class with a 6.75-second time in the three-cone drill, was fourth-best at his position in the broad jump (10'06") and ranked with the leaders with a vertical jump of 35 ?-inches. During his recent Pro Day, he improved on some of his top Combine performances with a blistering 6.59 three-cone drill and 3.89 seconds in the 20-yard shuttle.

Bishop Sankey

University of Washington Huskies


Body Structure

Sankey has a well-built frame, looking bigger than his actual size indicates. He has the speed and foot quickness like a track performer, as it is his rare timed speed that separates him from most draft eligible tailbacks. He has lean muscle development, good chest thickness with thick thighs and a good bubble. He has added some bulk since the end of the 2012 season and has room on his frame to carry at least another 10 pounds without it affecting his impressive overall burst and speed. He has embraced the training room, displaying very good upper-body muscle tone with a thick lower body, good bubble and thigh definition. His arms are adequate in length, but he has large hands to secure the ball. His frame could still use additional bulk, but that could impact his best asset — his quickness. He has good arm length, tight waist and hips, strong arms and legs, good bubble, nice thigh, calf and ankle thickness.

Athletic Ability

Sankey has a very good burst and explosion off the snap. He has become a very physical runner who can consistently move the pile (see 2013 Boise State, Illinois, Arizona and Stanford games), and has more than enough strength to beat the press in passing situations. He shows above average vision and is a patient runner who waits for blocks to develop. He can stick his foot in the ground and explode laterally, showing an explosive vertical burst when changing direction. He has very good stop-and-go quickness, along with the in-line acceleration to race up the rush lanes. He is a shifty type with outstanding feet, doing a nice job of avoiding low tackles on the move. He has the timed speed to take the ball long distances and runs with good balance. In isolated coverage, he will win any foot race. He has swivel hips, rather than veer and weave.

Sankey possesses impressive strength, outstanding balance and quickness with that uncanny vision and awareness to quickly find the holes. He has the hip snap to easily change direction and shift gears, generating a sudden burst out of his cuts. His feet and body control let him pick his way through trash and he keeps his feet after contact. He has the loose hips to make the initial tackler miss and is very good at anticipating the opponent's moves (gained 71% of his yardage after initial contact).

He is a deceptively explosive runner around the corner, but shows very good patience waiting for blocks to develop. He can generate a second gear to separate in the open and has the nimble feet needed to make precise lateral cuts. His loose hips and change of direction agility makes him very elusive avoiding traffic. He has nice feet and above average balance in his initial burst, doing a nice job of "getting skinny" to pick his way through tight creases. He keeps his feet after contact and has the pick-&-slide agility to elude when running in-line. He runs with a normal stride, but is very crisp redirecting on the move.

Football Sense

Sankey picks up plays from the chalkboard to the playing field with no problems, and with his impressive wonderlic test score, most scouts are confident that he can easily digest a complicated playbook. He has a very good ability to anticipate and feel the inside lanes. He also shows natural open field vision, as he sees the coverage develop and can make adjustments on the fly. He puts in extra hours in the film room preparing for his upcoming opponent and football is important to him.

Sankey has no problem learning and retaining plays. He has good football instincts, making quick adjustments to the defensive coverage. He has a very good understanding of the offense and blocking schemes. He shows the vision to locate the soft areas in the zone and shows no hesitation redirecting when the rush lanes are clogged. He has a natural feel with the ball in his hands, doing a fine job of anticipating in-line openings.

Sankey has no problems taking plays from the chalkboard to the field. He is an excellent block reader who immediately sees the hole develop and it is rare to see him makes his cuts too early. He looks natural running with the ball in his hands and is very conscious of protecting it, doing the proper job of keeping it angled towards his body when taking on contact, along with the ability to easily spot an oncoming defender and shifting the ball to the opposite side of the charging opponent.

Sankey is one of the more instinctive runners you will find. He is a very smart athlete who has no problems digesting the playbook. He has excellent vision through the holes and an uncanny knack for anticipating openings in the defenses.


Sankey is the type that lays it all out on the football field. He might not be the biggest running back or the strongest, but he will sacrifice his body to make the play. He keeps his legs churning and added needed strength in the off-season, as it showed well in 2013 (see Boise State, Illinois, Arizona, Stanford and California games) with the solid stiff arms he delivered to escape defenders. He runs the ball hard and practices with the same ethic he shows in games.

Sankey plays hard on every snap, even when not involved in the play. He is a tough runner who is very hard to bring down once he builds to top speed. He likes to lower his head and drive through with his legs after contact, but also has the agility to bounce off tackles and redirect rather than trying to overpower the opponent constantly, along with keenly spotting cutback lanes and breaking free from the pile, which he did more often in 2013 (see Idaho State, Illinois, Oregon, California, Colorado, Washington State and Oregon State games.

As a ball carrier, he runs hard and gives total effort on every play. When not on the field, he is the team's biggest cheerleader on the sidelines. He plays with good urgency. While ball control issues were a problem in the past, he's worked hard to improve his overall core strength. He responds well to any challenge from the staff and takes well to hard coaching. He plays the game as if the next carry is his last. He is a true warrior on the field, one that won't come to the sidelines when injured, feeling he will then let the team down. He is a strong inside pounder, but can also bounce off tackles, as he always gives second, third effort upon contact. He works hard in the weight room and practices, as his work ethic rubs off on other teammates.

Initial Quickness

Sankey displays outstanding quickness, which is one of his rapidly emerging assets. He attacks the rush lanes with above average explosion and has the pull-away ability to leave even speedy cornerbacks grabbing at air (see 2013 Boise State, Illinois, Idaho State, Stanford, Oregon and California games). He gets to top speed in an instant and has very good ability to create separation, thanks to his stiff-arm skills and burst. He has very good vision to recognize coverage and avoid angles. He has excellent lateral agility and probably the best sudden burst into the crease of any running back in this draft. For all his speed, he is a very patient runner, allowing blocks to develop. He can also pick and slide through trash.

For a player of his size, you would expect that Sankey is blessed with rare speed and quickness. He can get to top speed in an instant and has no problems attacking the holes with legs churning and pads low. He has the ability to push and clear the line of scrimmage, producing 71% of his yardage after initial contact. Even with his deceptive speed, he is also quite powerful for his size, reminding scouts of Baltimore's Ray Rice and Detroit's Reggie Bush for how he can easily overpower the opponent or simply elude the defender (in addition to registering 47 carries for gains of at least 10 yards and 21 totes for twenty yards or longer in 2013, he also led the nation in a very impressive category — on 102-of-288 non-touchdown runs, opponents needed multiple defenders to stop him, a rate of 35.42% of his non-scoring attempts). His quick cutting skills mean that he doesn't have to gear down to change direction.

At times, especially on end-arounds, Sankey can be faster than "Speedy Gonzalez" when turning the corner, where the lethargic defender gets to see him execute his second and third gears, mostly from a distance (see 2013 Idaho State, Oregon, California, Oregon State and Washington State games). He also attacks the inside creases with tremendous explosion, getting to top speed in an instant. He gets a solid jump and some of the best movement on the ball than any other runner in this draft crop. It takes him just a step or two to reach top speed and he has that fluid hip wiggle to make defenders miss in space.

Sankey might not look like it, but he has excellent acceleration and burst through the holes. He has very good balance, showing the transition in and out of his cuts, along with balance to easily slip into the second level. He has very good ability to impact around the corner and leave defenders in his wake going long distance, but he also has a lot of moves to con the defender and that plant-&-drive agility to instantly redirect. He gets off smoothly and easily coming out of his stance and is able to accelerate and get to top speed quickly. He his quick to the hole and if a defender blinks, he is gone well past the line of scrimmage. He moves with no hesitation on the snap and gets to his mesh point with speed.


Sankey leaves defenders in his tracks regularly (see 2013 Illinois, Idaho State, Oregon, California and Colorado games). He is a playmaker who needs to be accounted for any time he touches the ball. He has that explosive second gear that few defenders can mirror, easily running away from coverage. When he changes angles sharply to find daylight, he quickly gains advantage over the defender. His cutting ability is textbook perfect and his feet are nimble and light when picking his way through trash.

Sankey might not have blazing long speed, but he accelerates quickly and has that second gear needed to pull away from second level defenders. He can lull an opponent to sleep when he uses pitter-patter steps, then all of a sudden, bam- he's executing the short burst to pull away. I really like the change of pace he demonstrates with varying his speed. Once he clears the line of scrimmage, he has the ability to get up field when running inside (see 2013 Idaho State, Stanford, Oregon, California, Washington State and Oregon State games).

Sankey has a quick burst and maintains acceleration on extended runs. He has that body control and balance, along with loose hips to redirect and separate in the open. He has valid explosion to win foot races vs. second level defenders, along with the moves to set up the opponent and elude while displaying excellent balance and awareness hugging the sidelines.

Sankey has deceptive moves to lull the defender and then slide laterally to pull away from trash. His ability to maintain pad level and balance when accelerating on his cuts lets him gain separation. His short area burst gets him through the holes before a defense can re-adjust. You can see his very good balance coming off hard cuts and he has more than enough second gear to accelerate when he gets into the second level. Once out on the edge, he has proven in 2013 that he has the agility, body control and acceleration to outrun angles. This year, more than any other, he has had good success finishing when out in front.


Sankey has excellent vision. He stays low in his pads and has the ability to cut on a dime. He easily separates the moment he gets a crease and few defenders have the ability to chase him once he gets behind his opponent (see 2013 Boise State, Illinois, Arizona, Stanford, Oregon, California and Colorado games). He excels at setting up his blocks, especially when operating in space. You won't see him try to get fancy on the field, as he knows he lacks the raw power to move the piles, preferring instead to set up the defender with head and shoulder fakes. He runs with very good vision and instincts, as he has a knack for instantly knowing when inside rush lanes are opening. He sets up his blocks well and has the quick decision making process to take advantage of most of his cutback opportunities. He has above average body control and balance and is very effective when taking the pitch and having time to scan the field.

Sankey has a good feel for the defensive scheme and flow. He allows time for blocks to develop and shows very good vision for the cutback (see 2013 California, Stanford, Oregon State and Washington State games). If the outside is impacted on his runs, he simply plants his foot, redirects and moves laterally inside. He does a very nice job of turning his shoulders when moving up field, and has become highly proficient utilizing his jolting stiff-arm to shove secondary defenders out of the way. He has that "make you miss" cutting agility and can accomplish valid yardage on his own once he gets past his blockers, demonstrating good power to simply break arm tackles (see 2013 Boise State, Illinois, Arizona, Stanford and Oregon State games). He runs with a quick, short stride through traffic and has good ability to see the seam and capitalize. What I like about him here is that he plays the hand he is dealt rather than get too "cute" by trying to create something out of nothing. With his vision, he has a good feel for seeing threats.

Sankey has outstanding vision. He sees the holes and cutback lanes naturally and shows good savvy as an open field runner. He is more apt to try and side-step his defenders, and has that natural feel for the holes, quickly anticipating the opening. He has also shown the patience to set up and use his blockers. With his keen vision, he is quick to see threats and it is very easy for him to change direction, as long as he doesn't try to run through the opponent.

Inside Running

Upon first look at Sankey's frame, you would never think he is going to be a pile mover, but he has incredible power to break tackles and is a load to bring down once he gets into the second level (on 79-of-209 non-touchdown runs, it took at least three defenders to bring him down, see Boise State, Illinois, Arizona and Stanford games). With his powerful frame, he has done a nice job in developing the leg drive needed to move the pile. He is not the type that will try to get "too fancy" dancing around holes, and it is rare to see him captured by the isolated third-level defender. With his balance and vision, he does a fine job sifting through traffic, but he also displays the strength than try to overpower the defense and consistently breaks arm tackles. He does not go down easily, and with his thick thighs and solid frame, he is built for a runner that can consistently handle short yardage situations (see 2013 Boise State, Arizona, Stanford, Oregon and California games). He will deceive you when you first make eye contact, but rest assured, he does run with enough strength to push off more than a few defenders, thanks to an improved stiff arm, and is definitely the type that can get consistent leverage.

Sankey has a lot of Emmitt Smith in him, as he seems to be very comfortable keeping his pad level low and making sensational cuts when the rush lanes suddenly close. He has very good body control and balance in his stride taking the ball up the middle, and he also has the lower leg strength to break tackles. He is quite effective at lowering his shoulder to move the pile. His deceptive leg thrusts let him bounce off the opponent while maintaining top speed (see 2013 Boise State, Arizona, California, Colorado and Oregon State games). He has good lateral quickness and fluid pick-and-slide agility. I really like the way he started running with pitter-patter steps in 2012, as it allowed him to maintain body control to slide through the holes.

Sankey runs inside with very good body lean and awareness, especially when picking and sliding. His short-area burst lets him bounce to the outside when the middle is clogged. He is a good downhill runner with the slippery moves and change of direction agility to get through trash. He knows how to get skinny through tight creases, thanks to his strong leg drive, as he is the type of ball carrier with the ability to move the piles (see 2013 Boise State, Illinois, Arizona, Stanford and Oregon State games). He runs with good awareness and body lean, but also has the agility to bounce outside when he generates a short burst. He compensates for a lack of great size and bulk with good raw power, balance and body control running up the middle.

Outside Running

Sankey is six points waiting to happen once he gets a clear lane or escapes from defenders turning the corner (see 2013 Illinois, Idaho State, Oregon, California and Colorado games). He has that pull-away burst and vision to defeat angles and find the soft areas to gain valid yardage around the corner. He is especially effective on stretch plays and safeties struggle to stay on his hip once he gets into the deep zone. He shows good bounce agility to play off blocks, keep his balance, redirect and pull away from the crowd. Unlike most average-sized ball carriers, he has no problem taking on initial contact. He does a good job of sinking his weight and squaring his shoulders to drive through, and protecting the ball has not been an issue. He is too elusive in space for most defenders to prevent him from taking it to the house.

Sankey has that low center of gravity and plant-and-drive ability to put his foot firmly in the ground and cut on a dime. He just has those natural instincts that franchise backs need. He has a nice feel and awareness to anticipate openings and uses his blocks well to set up. With his vision, once he gets into the open, he is very elusive. He not only has the vision to move laterally, but also the power to take the ball up the gut. When he is captured for a loss in the backfield, it is usually the result of blocks breaking down in front of him. If he turns the corner with a full head of steam, the race is over. He shifts gears naturally and can make crisp cuts to turn and head up field. Even when running at full speed, he knows how to use his blockers, especially when he attempts to square up on contact.

Sankey has the power to drag the pile and an incredible stiff arm to "donut" a defender that gets in his path. He has that instinctive feel and vision to spot even the slightest of crease and unlike a lot of young backs, has the patience of a veteran when it comes to following his blocks. He hits it up hard between the tackles and is an above average pick-&-slide runner with great body lean. He can cut on a dime when he locates the hole and has good vision and burst through the inside, generating a good surge to move the pile. He is more nimble than elusive, preferring to use his pile moving ability to gain additional yardage.


Sankey can turn the corner in an instant. He knows how to vary his speed and maintain his balance changing direction, showing especially effective weave and body control (see 2013 Boise State, California and Colorado games). He gets in and out of rushing lanes with impressive ease of movement. He plants his foot firmly in the ground and shows explosion changing direction. He would be ideal for a team like the 49ers, St. Louis, Cleveland or Denver that stress zone blocking. He is able to make more than the first defender miss (see 2013 Boise State, Idaho State, Arizona, Oregon and Arizona State games) in the open field and has that sudden side step to elude secondary types. He has good shake-&-bake moves, very loose hips and a darting style that gets him into the second level almost immediately.

Sankey is elusive with his lateral quickness, but is no ballerina. He is the type that uses head and shoulder fakes, along with good hip snap to make defenders miss when navigating through a crowd. He is very light on his feet and knows how to vary his speed to lull the defender in and then execute a short burst to pull away. He can spin and break the tackle down in the short area and is quick to plant and drive into a new direction. He also shows good hip shake, and is never hesitant turning the corner and this prevents the defense to recover. He can make his opponent miss in space and is equally effective running in the open areas.

Sankey is very effective eluding defenders with his lateral slide and veer moves, knowing how to combine them with his burst. He can generate enough space to pull away from the defender, thanks to his dart ability. He has valid explosive acceleration out of his cuts and the vision, quick change of direction agility and burst to consistently make the first defender miss. In the open field, he is much more than just a one-cut runner, as he knows how to change his pace and vary his extra gear going long distances, as this prevents defenders from maintaining balance, often falling off the ball carrier when the opponent takes a side or tries to arm-tackle the Husky (see 2013 Boise State, Illinois, California, Colorado, Oregon State and Washington State games).

Tackle-Breaking Strength

When Sankey first joined the UW program as a freshman, he was not known as a pile mover, but after long hours that he dedicated in the training room, you can see that in 2013, he can overpower most second- and third-level defenders, making this his most improved area. He is still better served when eluding rather than trying to drive through the opponent, but he does a nice job in lowering his head on contact and squaring his shoulders, utilizing his strength to navigate through a crowd. He will also surprise you with his ability to perform effectively as a downhill runner (see 2013 Boise State, Illinois, Arizona and Oregon games).

Don't be fooled by his lack of great bulk — Sankey is a physical runner, in addition to being an elusive one. He has outstanding balance and runs with powerful strides, rarely losing his power base, as he consistently maintains a low pad level and loose hips in his stance (see 2013 Boise State, Arizona, Stanford, Oregon, Colorado, UCLA, Oregon State and Washington State games). If an opponent takes him for granted, he will punish the defender with a jolting stiff-arm and much like Baltimore's Ray Rice (in his prime, not his poor performance in 2013), he has no problems when needed to move the pile. He has the balance to stay up on his feet after contact and will lower his head or bounce off tackles to compete for extra yardage.

Sankey won't win any Mr. Universe contests, but he is a savvy, hard-charging runner with excellent balance. He squares his shoulders and keeps his pad level down, making it tough for the isolated tackler to bring him down. His balance lets him keep his feet, redirect and race through the cutback lanes to gain additional yardage after contact. He runs too hard to be tripped up, as he maintains a proper, low level in his stance, along with using his hands well to protect his feet from shoestring tackles. When he lowers his head, squares his shoulders and keeps his balance, he will consistently chew up big chunks of real estate.

Tendency to Fumble

After turning the ball over on fumbles four times in his last five games during the 2012 campaign (132 carries), Sankey has only fumbled twice, with one turnover in nine 2013 contests encompassing 222 carries. He is much more conscious of ball distribution and security this year and his added upper-body strength has greatly helped him protecting the pigskin when navigating through trash.

Sankey had just one more fumble (three total for the season) in his final six 2013 games, but it proved costly, as UCLA converted that turnover into a touchdown drive. Still, three fumbles (two lost) on 327 carries is quite an impressive figure. He has greatly improved his ability to protect the ball, doing a nice job of keeping it closer to his frame when racing around the edge. He has also learned how to carry the ball in either arm (more right-side dominant as a sophomore, but was very alert to closing defenders to distribute the ball away from initial contact) and has made every effort he could to secure the ball better when operating in traffic.

Receiving Skills

While the Washington offensive scheme usually limits their backs to just simple routes (screens, wheels, dump-offs), Sankey can flex out, line in the slot or come out of the backfield with equal success getting into his routes. He has that great explosiveness and second gear to easily eat up the cushion and beat safeties to the end zone (see 2013 Stanford, Oregon and Colorado games). He shows good hands and vision to look the ball in outside his frame. He always has his "head in the game" and is not the type that will go through even brief stretches where he will have concentration lapses (has dropped just two of 67 passes targeted to him during his career, catching 59 of those attempts). He shows good effort to adjust when utilized on screens and does a nice job of working back when the pocket is pressured.

This is one area that Sankey has made excellent improvement throughout the 2013 season and while Washington backs are usually used on bubble screens and dump-offs, he has shown very good ability to look the ball in and maintain stride after the catch (see 2013 Illinois, Oregon, Colorado and UCLA games) to be a viable option, especially in play action. Still, Washington never has their backs as anything more than a safety valve in the receiving department. He does show natural pass catching ability though in limited opportunities. He extends well outside the frame and has no problems looking the ball in over his outside shoulder.

Sankey has shown he is becoming a natural hands catcher who could become a nice weapon lined wide or in the slot in a multiple-receiver formation. He does a good job of extending and plucking the ball outside his frame and shows good hand/eye coordination to take the screen, turn and head up field without breaking stride. He is not used much on deep routes, but with his hip snap and body torso he appears capable of getting adjusted to get to the ball over his outside shoulder. He shows good hand placement and leaping ability to high point the throws and the field awareness to get into position to make the play.

Route Running

My, what a difference a season makes. After putting in extensive hours during the off-season to prove to the coaches he could be a viable outlet for the passing game, Sankey has increased his yards-per-catch average by 3.70 yards per grab in 2013 (see Stanford, Illinois, Oregon and Colorado games). He has shown very good vision and transitioning in and out of his cuts in the short area. He has the leaping ability to high point the ball, and demonstrates efficient crispness in his routes, doing enough to sell it. There is no question that he has the ability to separate, and he has more than proved in 2013 that he is much more effective and precise cutting in the open field as a junior than he did in the past.

Sankey has been utilized just on dump-offs, swings and screens, so it is difficult to gauge him here. Still, he has big, soft hands and good extension going for the ball outside his frame. He does a good job of working back to the ball when the pocket is pressured and shows good focus looking the ball in. He can adjust to most anything thrown to him. He keeps his balance turning up field and can quickly come out of his breaks. He is a smooth runner with good balance to run routes and adjust to the ball. He also does a nice job of adjusting in his patterns and is generally successful in finding space.

Blocking Ability

Much like his outside running and short area catching ability, Sankey has shown marked improvement as a blocker, especially when attacking second level defenders or when remaining in pocket protection to neutralize the blitz. He might not be a 240-pound bruiser and does lack great size, but he plays much bigger than he looks. He has a good concept for angling when blocking in the second level and knows how to throw a punch and deliver a shoulder when chipping vs. first level types. He will show good knee bend and pop in pass protection, but if he exposes his body, a defender can quickly push him back into the pocket.

Sankey made marked improvement getting his hands placed to sustain blocks in 2013 than he did in the past. He is not asked to block much, but has the size and strength to occupy an opponent, delivering 10 touchdown-resulting blocks and 72 knockdowns the last seventeen games. His strength is evident when he sticks his hat into the defender and he has also developed into a decent cut blocker, showing effectiveness to face up and stone when working in space.

Sankey is a willing blocker with a good eye for picking up the blitz. He shows good intent and aggression chipping on edge rushers and gives the quarterback enough room to operate when protecting the pocket. He will not hesitate to face up and fight for position blocking in-line and makes a determined effort to engage. He is a good contact seeker in space, taking good angles when cut blocking.

Compares To

EMMITT SMITH-ex-Dallas Cowboys: Among active players, Sankey has those C.J. Spiller characteristics — an explosive ball carrier with excellent change of direction agility. But, for his success moving the pile, staying low in his pads and powering through arm tackles, he brings the great Smith to mind. Like Smith, there is no one area of Sankey's game that you immediately notice and say "gotta have a guy like that." That is, until you see the quiet efficiency he plays the game, always alert to his surroundings. He's not a "me first" type and is always looking out for the team's success than his own. That is what makes him a "wish I had a guy like that" as a teammate.

Dave-Te' Thomas has more than 40 years of experience scouting for the NFL. With the NFL Draft Report, Thomas handles a staff that evaluates and tests college players before the draft and prepares the NFL's official Draft Packet, which is distributed to all 32 teams prior to the draft.

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