2016 Senior Bowl Scouting Notebook: Is Sheldon Rankins the Next Aaron Donald?

January 28, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Sheldon Rankins looked like a video game glitch in his first two Senior Bowl practices.
Rankins (6'1 ⅝", 304 lbs, Louisville) put such quick moves on offensive linemen in one-one-one drills Tuesday that they tumbled to the wet grass in one direction while he blew past them in the other. In full-squad and nine-on-nine running-game drills, Rankins routinely knifed through gaps in the offensive line and sometimes got under his blocker’s pads and shoved him into the backfield. 
Wednesday’s frigid practices brought more of the same. Rankins demonstrated a nasty spin move and heavy hands when he clubbed blockers aside during one-on-one drills. Michigan center Graham Glasgow (6'6 ⅜", 306 lbs), who had success against other defenders, was a frequent Rankins victim, getting beaten so bad at one point that he never left his three-point stance as Rankins blasted past him.
Like any good Senior Bowl participant (these young men invariably know how to proj...

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