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2016 NFL Mock Draft: New Orleans Saints Select DT Sheldon Rankins at No. 12

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With the No. 12 pick in the 2016 DBN Community NFL Mock Draft, the New Orleans Saints select...

Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville

The selection and write-up were made by Rube Sports:

As much as I would love to pair Brees with a beast like Treadwell or pick the QBs future replacement, I must make the smart move.  Thanks to Denver the world saw how to defeat Cam and the leaders of the NFC South and that was by blunt force from the defensive front.  So despite what fun it would be to watch bombs from Brees to Treadwell, I must pick Sheldon Rankins.  He is an explosive player with a strong base and great athleticism.  He racked up 26.5 tackles for loss and 14 sacks over his junior and senior seasons.  Pro Football Focus has him as the second-highest graded interior defender over the last two seasons.  After the dismissal of Rob Ryan during the Saints' 2015 season, they will be returning to a 4-3 defense suiting Rankins very well.  He may have to make up for his small stature at the interior position, but he seems confident about his ability to do so.

Rankins was quoted as saying the following: "I feel like I'm versatile enough to play in any scheme.  I feel like I'm versatile enough to play all up and down the defensive line.  I feel like I'm intelligent enough to grasp just about any defense and I feel like I'm dynamic enough to stay on the field all three downs."

Rankins has the ability to be an impact player right away.  And when paired with some other solid pieces it could go a long way to help stop the flow of opposing offenses.

The Miami Dolphins are up next, led by Brocolis154033.

2016 DBN Community Mock Draft Results (so far)

Pick Team Player Position School Username
1 Los Angeles Rams Jared Goff QB California michael.hamper
2 Cleveland Browns Myles Jack OLB UCLA Robo Dawg
3 San Diego Chargers Jalen Ramsey DB Florida State Crawford_T
4 Dallas Cowboys Ezekiel Elliot
Ohio State
Manly and Loving It
5 Jacksonville Jaguars DeForest Buckner DE Oregon Bob Stalnaker
6 Baltimore Ravens Laremy Tunsil OT Ole Miss pt_999
7 San Francisco 49ers Carson Wentz QB North Dakota St. apocrylle
8 Philadelphia Eagles Joey Bosa DE Ohio State Bizono
9 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Vernon Hargreaves III CB Florida Ezweav
10 New York Giants Ronnie Stanley OT Notre Dame mrwhitman
11 Chicago Bears Jack Conklin OT Michigan State Barnestorm
12 New Orleans Saints Sheldon Rankins DT Louisville Rube Sports
13 Miami Dolphins Brocolis154033
14 Oakland Raiders makeaplay59
15 Tennessee Titans aszabo1
16 Detroit Lions Mean Ol' Pete
17 Atlanta Falcons Mudville
18 Indianapolis Colts fjblessi
19 Buffalo Bills GratefulDawg
20 New York Jets troy145
21 Washington Redskins Greg"TheDropper"Little
22 Houston Texans Royce Groff
23 Minnesota Vikings MissinTheVicius
24 Cincinnati Bengals OhioCityBrownsBeliever
25 Pittsburgh Steelers Legoman0721
26 Seattle Seahawks Southern Cali Dog
27 Green Bay Packers Matt Wood
28 Kansas City Chiefs Ted Washington's Belly
29 Arizona Cardinals a2342432a
30 Carolina Panthers Suppa Bob
31 Denver Broncos poultman
32 Cleveland Browns Adam Rice