NFL Scouting Combine: 10 defensive linemen for New Orleans Saints to eye

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Dec 5, 2015; Waco, TX, USA; Baylor Bears defensive tackle Andrew Billings (75) rushes against the Texas Longhorns during the first quarter at McLane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 5, 2015; Waco, TX, USA; Baylor Bears defensive tackle Andrew Billings (75) rushes against the Texas Longhorns during the first quarter at McLane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports /
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Sheldon Rankins
Oct 24, 2015; Louisville, KY, USA; Boston College Eagles quarterback Jeff Smith (5) scrambles away from Louisville Cardinals defensive end Sheldon Rankins (98) during the second half at Papa John /

Name: Sheldon Rankins
School: Louisville
Position: DT
Size: 6-foot-1, 304 LBS
Projected round: 1-2

At the collegiate level, Rankins proved that he could do it all.  Whether it was attacking from the middle, rushing from the edge, or plugging the gaps, production was not hard to come by.

He’s not the biggest defensive tackle in the draft, but his strength, power and quick feet off the snap outweigh it.  He’s a hardworking, all-over-the-field kind of player, attacking ball carriers any chance he gets.  And his versatility and flexibility make him a perfect fit for virtually any scheme, including the New Orleans Saints.

Like Louisiana Tech’s Vernon Butler, Sheldon Rankins dominated his blockers at Senior Bowl practices.  This is somebody who New Orleans should play close attention to when the scouting combine rolls around.

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