Former Washington running back Bishop Sankey was the first running back selected in the 2014 NFL draft. But he had to wait longer for that distinction than any running back in NFL history, finally coming off the board with the 54th overall pick to the Tennessee Titans on Friday. That’s the 22nd pick of the second round.
Sankey is the first UW running back to be selected since Rashaan Shehee was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the third round of the 1998 draft. He set the UW single-season rushing record (1,870 yards) as a junior in 2013, and was named a finalist for the Maxwell Award, given annually to the nation’s best running back. He also broke the school record for career rushing touchdowns (37).
He becomes the 10th UW running back drafted by an NFL team. This is the second consecutive season that a running back was not selected in the first round, and the longest the first running back selected has ever had to wait.
Sankey will obviously join former UW quarterback Jake Locker in Tennessee, though the Titans recently declined Locker’s contract option for the 2015 season, so it remains to be seen how long those two will play together. Tennessee’s running back position is wide open, as the Titans released former All-Pro Chris Johnson in April.
That’s likely it for the Huskies in terms of players being drafted. Former quarterback Keith Price has a slim chance of being selected in the late rounds, but it would be unexpected.