DL Sheldon Rankins Drafted
First round, 12th pick
Team: New Orleans Saints
Eastside High School (Covington, Ga.)
33 3/8-inch arm length
9 3/8-inch hands
28 reps on bench press
34.5 vert jump
Scout Pre-Draft Rankings
No. 5 defensive lineman in the draft
No. 33 overall prospect
Rankins had a stellar four-year career at Louisville, playing some as a freshman and then taking over a spot on the line for his final three seasons. He was a force as a junior and senior. In his two years as a starter, Rankings had 111 tackles, 26.5 tackles for a loss, 14 sacks, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery for a touchdowns. He finished his career with 31 tackles for a loss and 18 sacks.
Rankins leaves Louisville as one of the best interior defensive linemen in school history. He was forced to play other spots, including some defensive end as a senior with defensive coordinator Todd Grantham calling him the "best lineman I've been around."
Expert Breakdown: “A strong, disruptive player who looks to be a decent fit in both a 4-3 and 3-4 scheme, he could well be the first defensive tackle off the board somewhere in the middle third of the first round, but his injury history may scare off some teams early." --- Scout.com analysis and projection on Rankins.
Rankins Says: “I wanted to show (the scouts) that I'm able to stay on the field for all three downs and that I can play just about whatever you need me to play - defensive end, defensive tackle, nose guard - whatever a teams asks me to do, I'm able to do."