UW's Seferian-Jenkins to Bucs, Sankey to Titans

UW's Seferian-Jenkins to Bucs, Sankey to Titans

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UW's Seferian-Jenkins to Bucs, Sankey to Titans


by KING 5 Sports


Posted on May 9, 2014 at 11:22 PM

The Washington Huskies had two players selected in the second round of the NFL Draft, tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins and running back Bishop Sankey.

Seferian-Jenkins, out of Gig Harbor High School, was chosen with the 38th overall pick by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 

General manager Jason Licht said the team didn't enter the draft with a set plan to try to surround offseason acquisition and projected new starting quarterback Josh McCown with playmakers capable of jumpstarting the league's lowest-ranked attack.

The Bucs finished 30th in scoring and last in passing and total offense in 2013.

"We had a plan, but not necessarily" to concentrate so heavily of upgrading on offense, Licht said. "It's just the way it fell."

Seferian-Jenkins had 36 receptions for 450 yards and 8 touchdowns last season at Washington.

"I'm going to bring explosiveness. I'm going to bring playmaking ability," he said. "I'm going to bring blocking. I'm going to bring an all-around tight who can play on all three downs, and a guy who's going to work hard, chase Super Bowls and try to win as many games as possible."

A two-sport athlete at Washington, where he also played on the basketball team for a portion of his college career, Seferian-Jenkins is the second tight end the Bucs have brought in since last season. The team also added veteran Brandon Myers in free agency.

Bishop Sankey was the first running back chosen with the 54th overall pick by the Tennessee Titans. 

The Titans made the move Friday night after releasing Chris Johnson in April after six seasons to avoid paying him $8 million. They already had Shonn Greene and signed Dexter McCluster in March, but Sankey brings versatility and the ability to play all three downs in new coach Ken Whisenhunt's offense.

"I think this guy is solid and will handle that really well and just completely different as a back," general manager Ruston Webster said. "Their skill set is not the same, so when you see them on the field, it's not going to look anything like Chris and he'll make his own mark."

The Titans' move for Sankey started a run on the position, and Sankey said it felt awesome being the first running back drafted. He said he had a feeling Tennessee would take him after being the only team to fly him in for a visit.

Asked about Johnson, Sankey called the man called CJ2K a tough act to follow.

"We'll see," Sankey said. "Only time will tell. No one really knows what tomorrow is going to bring. It's up to us to prepare the day for whatever situation we're put in. that's something that I'm going to do. Just worry about myself and control that I can control and be the best football player that I can be."

The 5-foot-9, 203-pound Sankey did most of his work in his past two seasons at Washington with 3,309 of his 3,496 yards rushing coming in that time. He scored 37 touchdowns and averaged 5.43 yards per carry overall. His two-year total is the best back-to-back total at Washington since Napoleon Kaufman had 2,689 yards in 1993 and 1994.

"Really what he brings to us is a great deal of versatility, vision, feet, ability to catch the football, which is what we're looking for," Webster said. "The important thing for us in picking one of these backs was to get the right fit for coach's offense and versatility, the ability to play on three downs was really one of the main criteria."

Scout Marv Sunderland praised Sankey for not missing practices, being a leader and his ability to run both inside the tackles and break long runs. Sankey had a long run of at least 60 yards in each of his last two seasons. But Sankey will be limited this offseason to the Titans' rookie minicamp this offseason because his class will not be wrapped up at Washington.

Whisenhunt said Sankey will be able to keep up with his team-issued iPad that the running back can take with him, which also will allow the rookie to access video from practices.

"So hopefully that'll help," Whisenhunt said.