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2017 New Orleans Saints: 5 Players to keep an eye on

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NEW ORLEANS, LA - SEPTEMBER 26: Coby Fleener #82 of the New Orleans Saints catches the ball over C.J. Goodwin #29 of the Atlanta Falcons and Ricardo Allen #37 during the second half of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on September 26, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - SEPTEMBER 26: Coby Fleener #82 of the New Orleans Saints catches the ball over C.J. Goodwin #29 of the Atlanta Falcons and Ricardo Allen #37 during the second half of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on September 26, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images) /
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Sheldon Rankins – Defensive Linemen

NEW ORLEANS, LA – NOVEMBER 13: Trevor Siemian #13 of the Denver Broncos throws a pass into the ground. Under pressure from Sheldon Rankins #98 of the New Orleans Saints. At Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 13, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Broncos defeated the Saints 25-23. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA – NOVEMBER 13: Trevor Siemian #13 of the Denver Broncos throws a pass into the ground. Under pressure from Sheldon Rankins #98 of the New Orleans Saints. At Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 13, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Broncos defeated the Saints 25-23. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) /

Keep an eye on DL Sheldon Rankins this season folks, as I’d expect Rankins to be a prime candidate for having a monster, breakout season.

DL Sheldon Rankins, a former Louisville defensive linemen, was selected by the New Orleans Saints with the 12th overall selection in 2016 NFL Draft. Despite having injuries throughout his rookie year, Sheldon Rankins was still very productive and helpful for the Saints. In 9 total games with Saints last season, Rankins totaled 20 combined tackles, 4 sacks, and 1 forced fumbles.

When it came to being a productive asset for the Saints, Sheldon Rankins was an absolute monster for the team. Whether it was plugging different gaps against the run, or generating pressure and sacks from the inside, Rankins did it all. He has continued to show success as he transitions from the collegiate to professional level of football.

It wouldn’t surprise me that Sheldon Rankins takes a big leap as he continues to help the Saints interior defensive line. With the loss of Veteran DL Nick Fairley, the “spotlight” just got a little brighter on the second-year athlete. The Saints are going to expect a much larger role and impact of Rankins. I’m sure the athlete is fully capable of delivering.

Saints fans should keep an eye on DL Sheldon Rankins because nothing is holding him back. 

If we take a look at Rankins stats last year in comparison to how many games he actually played, the stats are pretty good. Although numbers don’t always exactly show everything, when the Saints had Sheldon Rankins on the field, the presence he created was enormous. This season Rankins won’t have any injury to hold him back theoretically giving the Saints an unleashed monster to use at the team’s disposal.

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