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Bishop Sankey picked by Tennessee Titans in second round

Bishop Sankey finally knows where his NFL dream will begin.

The Tennessee Titans selected Sankey, a running back from the University of Washington, on Friday in the second round (No. 54 overall) of the NFL Draft.

He was the first running back selected in the draft.

The 5-foot-9, 209-pound Sankey told the Beacon Journal last month that he expected to be taken in the second round and that he considered himself the best running back in this year's class.

"I think I'm at the top," Sankey said. "I think I'm the best all-around running back in this class. I think I've proven that the past few years. I think I've proven that I can move the ball on the ground, pass protect and catch out of the backfield."

In his final two collegiate seasons with the Huskies, Sankey had 616 carries for 3,309 yards (5.4 average) and 36 touchdowns to go along with 61 receptions for 553 yards and a touchdown. He left Washington as a junior.

In analyst Nolan Nawrocki's draft guide, he wrote the following about Sankey: "The Pac-12's leading rusher, Sankey is an instinctive, competitive and shifty, low-to-the-ground hard runner. Can be effective as a complementary zone runner capable of moving the chains and picking up chunk yards."

Sankey was born in Wadworth, Ohio, and lived there with his grandparents, William and Carol Becker, until he was 7. That's when he moved to Dayton because his father, Akron native and former East High School running back Chris Sankey, was stationed at Wright-Patterson Air Force base.

When he was 14, Sankey and his dad moved to Spokane, Wash., though they still have several relatives living in Northeast Ohio. The younger Sankey also attended Wadsworth High School for about four months as a freshman, when he moved back in with his grandparents for a relatively short time before returning to Washington.

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