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Prospect Profile: Sheldon Rankins

PositionDT | SchoolLouisville | YearSenior

Height:6-1*|Weight: *299

College Stats

2015:Garnered Second-Team All-ACC honors from coaches following a season in which he collected 58 tackles, 13.0 tackles for loss and 6.0 sacks; also had 1 pass breakup and returned a fumble for a TD.

Career: Only start as a sophomore came in final game of the season, but he came on strong in his junior and senior seasons to finish his career with 134 tackles, 32.5 tackles for loss, 19.0 sacks and 4 pass breakups, twice earning all-conference selections and also earning an invite to the Senior Bowl. 

Combine Results

40-yard dash: 5.03 seconds

Bench Press: 20 reps

Vertical: 34.5 inches

Broad jump: 9 feet, 10 inches

3-Cone: 7.44 seconds

20-Yard Shuttle: 4.59


Summary:Rankins was a key cog in Louisville's 3-4 defense over the past two seasons. Although he collected impressive statistics in three seasons, two as a starter, he's also one of those defensive linemen whose contributions go beyond the stat sheet because he demands attention from blockers that can open up opportunities for teammates. While he doesn't possess the desired size or explosive athletic traits many demand from players expected to be selected among the first 50 picks, he is scheme versatile – as a 5-technique or 3-technique – and he produced consistently at Louisville.

Mock Me:NFL Media's Charles Davis has Rankins going at No. 12 to the New Orleans Saints, while fellow analysts Bucky Brooks (No. 14), Daniel Jeremiah (No. 19) and Chad Reuter (No. 19) all have him going among the first 20 picks of the draft.

Scout Speak: Rankins Scouting Profile says he has "loose, explosive hips that allow him to win edge battles and turn the corner as pass rusher and potentially excel in twist game" and was a "highly productive pass rusher in each of the last two seasons" who is also a "bloodhound with great instincts to diagnose and shut down screens."

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