Bishop Sankey Interview: Versatility is running back's calling card

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Bishop Sankey, who will be among the top running backs selected in the NFL Draft, talked with Big Blue View recently.

Wide receiver? Offensive line? Tight end? Defensive tackle? Defensive end? Linebacker? So many options, so few picks for the New York Giants in the 2014 NFL Draft.

What about running back? Could the Giants be interested in adding a versatile back like, oh, Bishop Sankey of Washington? The 5-foot-9, 209-pound Sankey is the top-rated running back on the Mocking The Draft Big Board, 63rd overall. That should put him in Day 2 consideration.

Sankey spoke with Big Blue View recently, describing himself as a "really versatile" back who can run, catch, pass protect and has had success running in a traditional pro style offense employing a fullback and in a spread, no-huddle attack.

Mocking The Draft says "While Sankey is a good player, he's not necessarily a superstar talent. He's a running back with good vision and he always seems to generate positive yards."

Sankey carried 327 times for 1,870 yards (5.7 yards per carry) with 20 touchdowns in 2013. He showed his versatility in the passing game by catching 28 passes.

"I feel really good about being able to catch the ball out of the backfield and pass protect. I think I've proven that this past year," Sankey said.

Draft Insider had this to say about Sankey:

Sankey is a smooth running back with a flowing style and the ability to create yardage. He shouldered the workload at Washington and offers ability in a variety of offensive systems at the next level. His receiving skills and football instincts are added value.

Whether Sankey will be the first running back chosen in the draft depends on who you ask. Carlos Hyde of Ohio State, Ka'Deem Carey of Arizona and Lache Seastrunk of Baylor are all also in that conversation.

"I've just been trying to remain cool and focus on what I can focus on and control what I can control," Sankey said. "It's really been a cool experience, it's a once in a lifetime thing. It's been a dream of mine to get to this point since I was seven years old, so for me it's really just embracing the opportunity and taking it one day at a time."

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