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With the 2014 NFL Draft a little over a week away fans are frothing at the mouth to finally see Roger Goodell at the podium in Radio City Music Hall. Since the draft has been pushed back from its original air date pundits such as us here at SportsofBoston have had more time to evaluate possible draft picks for the Patriots.
Today’s potential pick is not an overwhelming need for the team but one that is likely to be addressed in the later rounds, running back. The back we’ll be looking at today is University of Washington standout Bishop Sankey.
Sankey was solid during his college career and compiled an impressive resume’ over the course of 3 seasons. He totaled 3496 rushing yards, 37 rushing touchdowns, 67 receptions for 567 yards and one touchdown.
Sankey particularly excelled in his junior season when he rushed 327 times for 1870 yards and 20 touchdowns. He also added 28 receptions for 304 yards and one touchdown. His stats were good enough to earn him second-team All-American honors and a selection to the first-team All-Pac-12.
Although he is only 5’9, Sankey carries an impressive 209 pounds. NFL.com’s scouting report says he has, “Good vision and balance. Reads his blocks and instinctively runs to daylight.” He is also noted as being a good receiver and having the ability to be productive in a pro-style offense. Although, he does have to work on his pass protection and his ability to break tackles.
While it’s borderline impossible to say what New England and Bill Belichick will do during the draft it is highly unlikely that Sankey would be their first selection. Belichick has only selected two running backs in the first two rounds, Shane Vereen and Laurence Maroney. Sankey may be the third running back to fit that mold if the Patriots choose to select him 62nd overall in the second round.
However, if the Patriots pass on him in the second it is highly unlikely that he will still be around when their third round selection arrives. Therefore, it is unlikely that Sankey will be a Patriot in 2014 if you consider Belichick’s history of selecting running backs.