Washington Huskies star running back Bishop Sankey could be the first back taken off of the board in the 2014 NFL Draft, and he was always expected to make the jump to the NFL. Yesterday, ESPN’s Joe Schad reported that Sankey wisely chose to declare for the draft, and he’s going to be pulled in the second or third round of next year’s draft. The pre-draft process will likely dictate which round he is selected in, and he is among the elite backs of the declared prospects at the position.
Sankey had a monster 2013 campaign for the Huskies with 1,870 yards and 20 touchdown, and he is the best all-purpose back in this year’s draft class. His ability to catch passes out of the backfield make him a very attractive option in passing offenses, and he can simply be described as a “solid” prospect. Sankey is a jack-of-all-trades who had a terrific season for Washington, and I would be surprised if he doesn’t have a good career in the NFL.
Although he hasn’t officially declared for the NFL Draft, ESPN’s Joe Schad also reports that Texas Tech Red Raiders star tight end Jace Amaro “plans to declare” for the draft following the Holiday Bowl. Amaro and the Red Raiders upset the Arizona State Sun Devils 37-23, and Amaro was a huge part of that with a whopping eight receptions for 112 yards. With that win and individual performance, it would be a perfect send-off for Amaro.
I think Amaro is going to be the first tight end pulled in the draft, but Eric Ebron has more hype and Austin Seferian-Jenkins is the better all-around TE due to ASJ’s blocking. Either way, it’s great to see that Amaro is going to declare, because he’s set to be a first-round pick and has been heavily linked to the New England Patriots by draftniks. Neither Sankey nor Amaro needed to stay in college, so they both made the best decisions.
Update: Amaro has officially declared for the draft.