Another sign that the PAC-12 can produce great football players came as the Tennessee Titans used their 54th pick to select running back Bishop Sankey.
The former UW Husky is a different breed of runner than what Tennessee grew accustomed to during the Chris Johnson era. One scout that chose to remain anonymous claimed he saw “a little bit of Emmitt Smith” in Sankey.
That’s one heck of a compliment coming from anyone, especially an NFL-minded individual. He is a wide, stocky, hard-nosed back who is not afraid of contact. By the way, his backflip catches are pretty intriguing too.
The negatives that scouts are talking about are his size. He is only 5’9″, but he has proven that he is incredibly tough and durable. He does struggle at his shorter stature to provide any decent pass protection, so that could be an issue that would need some attention.
Another thing to note is that Sankey’s selection marks the longest it has ever taken for a running back to be picked in the NFL draft. There must be some reasoning behind that decision by franchises around the league.
Regardless, it is a happy day for Sankey and his family, as well as the entire Husky organization. It will be fun to watch this young man grow into what many think will be a Pro Bowl-caliber runner.