NFL Draft: Film review of Louisville DL Sheldon Rankins

Breaking Burgundy Analyst Paul Conner shares his scouting notes on a stout defensive lineman possibly

Breaking Burgundy's Film Analyst Paul Conner will be in the lab crunching film on college prospects up until the 2016 NFL Draft. He will be sharing his notes on each player he watches throughout the process. 

Sheldon Rankins

Position: DE/DT

College: Louisville

Height: 6'2"

Weight: 303

Age: 21

(Analysis vs. Florida State, Kentucky, and Texas A & M)

Strengths: Sheldon Rankins is a smart player. He's quick to disengage when he senses screen passes and quick to get his hands up when he feels a three step drop. Rankins is pretty athletic for his size. It's easy to see his light feet while he works through his pass rush. Rankins is quick to use moves off the line. He has very good hand usage and a pretty good motor. He has a good combination of power and speed. He makes an impact in the run and pass game. He played as a 5-Tech, 3-Tech, 1-Tech and 0-Tech. 

Concerns: Rankins does a good job getting into the play but needs to finish better. He had too many plays where just an extra move or step would have seen him make the play.

If drafted by Redskins: Redskins are going to need to get younger in the trenches if they are to keep their "Capitol Punishment" nickname. With Jason Hatchercontemplating retirement and Terrance Knighton without a contract, the Redskins have some questions to answer along the front. Either way, Redskins need more youth across that line if they are going to remain a strength.

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Paul Conner is the Film Analyst and a Draft Evaluator at Breaking Burgundy. You can follow him on Twitter @P_ConnerJr

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