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Prospect Profile: Mississippi State T Martinas Rankin

Martinas Rankin

Tackle | Mississippi State | Senior

Height: 6-foot-4 | Weight: 308 pounds

College Stats

2017: started nine of 10 games played (missed time with an ankle injury); named to All-SEC First Team by coaches and Second Team by the Associated Press; Kent Hull Award Winner (top lineman in Mississippi); helped Mississippi State set a school record with 3,272 rushing yards; part of an offensive line that allowed 13 sacks, the fewest in the SEC and fifth-fewest in FBS

Career: Started 18 of 23 games in two seasons; redshirted in 2015 after a heralded two-year career at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College; named to SEC Academic Honor Roll in 2015 and 2016; named 2016 SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week (vs. Texas A&M) when he had three knockdowns and the Bulldogs didn't allow a sack; helped Mississippi State rush for 2,997 yards in 2016 and break that record the following season

Combine Results

Bench press: 24 reps of 225 pounds
Rankin did not participate in other timing and testing drills.

Profile

Summary: Rankin was a semifinalist for the 2017 Campbell Trophy, which is considered the "Academic Heisman" and is presented annually to the player with the best combination of academics, community service and on-field performance. Rankin played exclusively at tackle in games but participated only at center during 2017 spring practices because of injuries to teammates.

NFL.com's Lance Zierlein believes that Rankin may be best-suited to play on the interior of an NFL offensive line. Zierlein said playing center would allow Rankin's "instincts and intelligence [to] stand out," adding, "The further Rankin kicks inside the better he will be. He may be average as a tackle or guard, but he could become a good NFL starter if he gets his shot at center."

Stacking up: NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock listed Rankin in a tie for fifth-best among tackle prospects before and after the combine. Counterpart Daniel Jeremiah listed Rankin as the 48th overall prospect in his Top 50. Jeremiah wrote he could see Rankin "as a starting right tackle at the next level with the skill set to kick inside if needed."

In his words: Rankin used a screenshot on Twitter to post extended words of thanks for his time at Mississippi State.

View images of Mississippi State offensive tackle Martinas Rankin.

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