Bishop Sankey knows all about Chris Johnson.

Now he wants to do his part to help Titans fans forget him.

Sankey became the first running back selected in this NFL Draft when the Titans used the 54th overall pick to take the University of Washington junior in the second round on Friday.

He joins the committee that will attempt to replace Johnson, the franchise's third all-time leading rusher, who was released last month and signed on with the Jets.

Sankey, who rushed for 3,496 yards and 37 touchdowns in three seasons at Washington, said he is "really, really familiar" with Johnson's work.

"He is great. From day one I want to work myself up and try and make as big as an impact as possible. I definitely think it is a tough act to follow," Sankey said in a conference call. "I am just going to control what I can control and be the best football player I can be. … Tennessee has had a lot of great running backs come through, and I am working my tail off to become one of those."

The Titans think there's something special about Sankey, which is why they picked him before the run on running backs started.

They held the 42nd pick, but in a trade with the Eagles they moved back to 54th overall and also acquired a fourth-round pick (122nd overall). The 54th pick was the latest a running back has been selected in any draft.

Sankey went ahead of backs including LSU's Jeremy Hill (Bengals, 55th) and Ohio State's Carlos Hyde (49ers, 57th) in the second round. In the third round, West Virginia's Charles Sims (Bucs, 69th) and Auburn's Tre Mason (Rams, 75th) went off the board.