The Huskies’ Bishop Sankey became the first running back selected in this year’s NFL draft when the Tennessee Titans chose him with the 54th overall pick in the second round today.
This is the latest that the first running back has been taken in the history of the NFL draft. Last year, the Bengals drafted Giovani Bernard with the 37th overall pick — which was the latest the first back had been taken (until now).
In Tennessee, Sankey will join former UW quarterback Jake Locker, the Titans’ first-round pick in 2011.
Sankey, the former Gonzaga Prep (Spokane) standout, broke the Washington season rushing record with 1,870 yards as a junior in 2013. His 37 career rushing touchdowns, his 38 total touchdowns and his 327 rushing attempts in 2013 are also UW records.
Sankey was impressive at the NFL combine in February, running a 4.49-second 40-yard dash and bench-pressing 225 pounds 26 times (second-best among running backs at the combine).
Sankey is the first UW running back drafted since Rashaan Shehee went in the third round to Kansas City in 1998.
God is good! Enjoying this moment w/ family. Ready to get to work. #TennesseeTitans
— Bishop Sankey (@BishopSankey) May 10, 2014
— Tennessee Titans (@TennesseeTitans) May 10, 2014
@BishopSankey congratulations!!! Well deserved, amazing competitor!!!
— Steve Sarkisian (@CoachSark) May 10, 2014
Bishop Sankey is outstanding in pass protection. He can play on all 3 downs very early in his career.
— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) May 10, 2014