Sheldon Rankins
Sheldon Rankins
25-Year-Old Defensive TackleDT
New Orleans Saints
Questionable
Injury Achilles
2018 Fantasy Outlook
After registering four sacks and six quarterback hits during a promising but injury-shortened nine-game rookie season, Rankins recorded only two sacks, 26 tackles and nine quarterback hits in 16 starts a year ago. As a sophomore, however, Rankins was asked to split time between defensive tackle and defensive end for portions of the season, filling in for Alex Okafor (Achilles), who ended up on injured reserve. With Okafor's return to health and the Saints drafting Marcus Davenport in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft, Rankins is expected to return to an every-down role on the interior of the line, where he can hopefully use his elite quickness to harass opposing quarterbacks and regain the form he flashed as a rookie. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $12.8 million contract with the Saints in May of 2016. Saints exercised team option for 2020 in April of 2019.
Gets fifth-year option
DTNew Orleans Saints
Achilles
April 24, 2019
The Saints are exercising their fifth-year option on Rankins, who is expected to miss the early part of the 2019 season after suffering a torn Achilles on Jan. 13, The New Orleans Advocate reports.
ANALYSIS
The fifth-year option applies to 2020 and is guaranteed for injury only. It was probably an easy decision even with a lengthy rehab process ahead, as Rankins is coming off a breakout 2018 campaign that featured 40 tackles (26 solo) and eight sacks in 16 regular-season games (all starts). The 12th overall pick from the 2016 NFL Draft recently celebrated his 25th birthday and likely will open his fourth pro season on the PUP list.
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Measurables Review
How do Sheldon Rankins' measurables compare to other defensive tackles?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 2"
 
Weight
305 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
5.03 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.59 sec
 
Cone Drill
7.44 sec
 
Vertical Jump
34.5 in
 
Broad Jump
118 in
 
Bench Press
28 reps
 
Hand Length
9.38 in
 
Arm Length
33.38 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
Rankins was selected by the Saints with the 12th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft but missed the first seven games of the season after suffering a leg injury during training camp. When he finally took the field, the rookie proved to be a disruptive defensive force, notching 20 tackles (15 solo), four sacks, and one forced fumble in nine games. Although most defensive tackles have only limited fantasy appeal outside of deep, position-specific IDP leagues, Rankins flashed an innate ability to rush the passer that may give him some value even in more traditional IDP formats.
Rankins, one of the top defenders on a tough Louisville defense the last two years, was selected by the Saints with the 12th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. Though he lacks prototypical size for a defense tackle, Rankins is an explosive athlete who could start immediately alongside Nick Fairley on the Saints' retooled defensive line. Still, outside of position-specific IDP leagues, he likely has limited fantasy appeal in most formats.
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Expected to miss start of 2019
DTNew Orleans Saints
Achilles
March 17, 2019
Rankins (Achilles) likely will open the 2019 regular season on the PUP list, which would rule him out for the first six weeks, Nick Underhill of The New Orleans Advocate reports.
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Moves to injured reserve
DTNew Orleans Saints
Achilles
January 16, 2019
Rankins (Achilles) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Josh Katzenstein of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
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Achilles tear confirmed
DTNew Orleans Saints
Achilles
January 14, 2019
An MRI has confirmed that Rankins tore his Achilles during Sunday's divisional-round victory over Philadelphia, Nick Underhill of The New Orleans Advocate reports.
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Achilles injury feared
DTNew Orleans Saints
Achilles
January 13, 2019
Rankins is believed to have suffered a torn Achilles' tendon in Sunday's divisional-round game against the Eagles, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
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Carted off Sunday
DTNew Orleans Saints
Achilles
January 13, 2019
Rankins exited Sunday's divisional-round game against the Eagles with an apparent leg injury, Herbie Teope of NFL.com reports.
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