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Bishop Sankey compared to Buccaneers RB Doug Martin

  • By Dan Parr
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NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah sees shades of a former first-round pick when he watches tape of Washington RB Bishop Sankey.

Jeremiah tweeted Sunday that Buccaneers RB Doug Martin, the 31st overall pick in 2012, and Sankey have similar running styles.

That's a comparison Sankey will likely welcome, and whatever NFL team drafts Sankey would be thrilled if he made anywhere close to the impact Martin did as a rookie, when he rushed for 1,454 yards and 11 touchdowns and made 49 catches for 472 yards and a TD as a workhorse back for the Bucs. Martin played in just six games last season before being placed on injured reserve with a torn labrum in his left shoulder, but he's still considered among the league's top backs.

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NFL Media draft analyst Mike Mayock ranks Sankey as the top back in this year's draft, but even the most highly rated backs aren't guaranteed a spot in the first round. No backs were selected in the first round in 2013, and it's conceivable that a back won't come off the board until Round Two again this year.

At No. 27, Ohio State's Carlos Hyde is the highest-ranked running back on NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah's list of the draft's top 50 prospects. The only other back on the list is Auburn's Tre Mason (No. 46).

The Browns, who were in the market for a RB after trading Trent Richardson last season, just filled that need with the signing of Ben Tate, so they will likely look elsewhere with the pick they received from the Colts in the Richardson trade (No. 26 overall), which is a spot where taking one of the top backs might have made sense.

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