Discussion in 'Texans Talk' started by JWLCASPER, Apr 27, 2018.
OT Martinas Rankin Mississippi State
Holy **** dude .. this is my guy .. he ain't no center he's a bonafide tackle and he's a Texan! You kidding me?
2018 NFL Draft: Please Draft Martinas Rankin
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He dropped because of a high ankle sprain which kept him out of 3 games early last season. Despite having problems with this injury for most of the season, his performance last year was still commendable.
I like it. Played in toughest conference against the best rushers and defenses. Some analysts think he needs to slide inside to maximize his skills, but I think he's going to get with some pro coaches and trainers and wreck shop sooner rather than later he's legit.
Didn’t want to spoil it for those who are draft watching and weren’t following twitter feeds. Can we get mods to edit.
He's going to get way stronger and that's really the biggest knock on him. He's a great athlete for his size and I think he'll be the LT of the future. Love the pick. This guy Gaines or Gaine or whatever seems to know what he's doing huh?
Noteboom went to the Rsms. I'm wondering how upset Steelbtexan is right now. Step away from the ledge brother.
Because he agrees with you?? And not the rest of the draft sphere who thinks he’s a interior lineman.
In saying that Gaines seems to be doing ok
Got a guy that I think can start at RT early.
Lots of good guys going to be out there tomorrow.
What they’re saying
“IN OUR VIEW: Rankin is still learning the nuances of the position and lacks a dominant trait, but he grades slightly above average in almost every critical area for playing the position at a high level. He can stay at tackle in the NFL, but also has the versatile skill-set to provide depth at guard and center.”
Rankin is not yet a finished product.
He has the traits to be a good offensive tackle, but he needs to clean up some technical issues that compromise his positive traits. For instance, he has quick feet and a good kick-slide, but his feet seem to get “stuck in the mud” when he has to react quickly to speed. He is a powerful lineman, but he has a tendency to not bend his knees, raising his pad level and keeping him from uncoiling his hips and unleashing that power. He has active hands, but the wind-up before his punch gives up his chest, and too often his hands wind up outside the defender’s framework.
None of this is to say that Rankin is going to bust. Vanishingly few, if any, prospects are finished products coming out of college. Rankin’s upside is obvious, but like the vast majority of prospects, he will need to commit to honing his craft to truly succeed in the NFL.
The question for the New York Giants is whether or not they could either live with him while he develops (assuming, of course, that he does) or give him the environment in which he can iron out these wrinkles.
They could certainly use the player he could be on their offensive line.
This report/evaluation was prepared by the NY Giants organization as they apparently had some interest in him but Rankin clearly has some potential as an NFL OT and some starting experience in the SEC.
Seems like a plug & play guy, which is handy as we see how the OL shakes out.
Davenport - Fulton - Martin - Kelemete - Rankin sound right?
Man I'm just messing with you.
Moderator can you merge this one with JW's
I'd flip flop Kelemete and Fulton but sounds good to me!
He looks a lot better to me on his college tape than Davenport did in his.
It's not even close.
This guy is strong enough to compete right now.
He just needs to be coached to play with his pads lower.
He's certainly better than anybody that played OT last yr.
WTF? I think Noteboom would have been a better pick but am 100% behind Rankins now. Draft is a crapshoot, should Steelbtexan pull this thread back up when Noteboom is a pro-bowler and Rankins isn't on roster?
Didn't see previous replies, nvrmd
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