Sheldon Rankins

DE/DT #98
6’1″ 304



  • Huge improvement between his sophomore and junior season
  • Has the power and strength to push the pocket
  • Doesn’t give up on plays, earning effort sacks
  • Uses his hands and rip move to pursue the quarterback and shed blockers
  • Lined up from tackle to tackle, allowing him to play in a 1 or 2 gap scheme
  • Powerful lower body and hands; delivers a heavy handed punch
  • Reaction and instincts are a huge plus
  • Uses athleticism and flexibility to run the arc and bend through gaps
  • Has the tools to win 1-on-1


  • Tends to lunge when he’s close to quarterback/ball carrier rather than form tackle
  • Lacks a secondary move when his first is neutralized
  • Undersized (6’1” 304)
  • Needs to be quicker off the ball
  • Pass rush needs refinement

The former three star recruit played in 20 games between his freshman and sophomore seasons, but had little production to show for it (22 tackles, five TFL, and four sacks) before making his mark as a junior in 2014 where he registered 53 tackles and lead the team with eight sacks and 13.5 TFL in 13 starts; he also recorded two interceptions on his way to third team All-ACC honors. He was a force yet again this past season, tallying 58 tackles, 13 TFL, six sacks, and one PD as he earned second team All-ACC team honors.

Pro comp: Kawann Short

Projected draft value: 1st round

4 Trackbacks / Pingbacks

  1. Mock Draft 3.8.16 - The Draftster
  2. Zac's Top 50 Prospects - The Draftster
  3. Brandon's NFL Big Board: Top 50 - The Draftster
  4. The Draftster Live Mock Draft - The Draftster

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