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NFL Mock Draft 2016: The New Orleans Saints Select Sheldon Rankins

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With the 12th pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the New Orleans Saints (represented by Dave Cariello) select...

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Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville

When I made the pick for the Saints in our SB Nation Blogger's Mock Draft, I selected Alabama's A'Shawn Robinson. He's a beautifully sculpted, every-down linemen who can play anywhere on the line in any scheme and is a leader in the locker room. That versatility is perfect for the Saints defense, who mix it up regularly between a 3-4 and a 4-3 front. What's not to like?

So why then didn't I go with Robinson again here in our community mock draft? Quite simply: so I could cover my ass. I'm diversifying my portfolio, if you will. In the event the Saints draft either Rankins or Robinson I can say, "Hey, I knew it! I picked this guy in that mock draft!" It's a genius move on my part to be quite honest.

But seriously, Rankins is an equally smart pick here, especially after watching him excel during the Senior Bowl. He's versatile in his own right and can play five-technique or three-technique. Rankins doesn't have the same size, but like Robinson he both excels in stopping the run and needs work in the pass rushing department. This is all according to the scouting reports, of course, because I've never watched him play.

Here's a little highlight video for our more visual non-readers:

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Thanks to all the CSC members who participated in this year's community mock draft. Without your help, none of this would be possible.

Below are the complete results from our community mock draft.

Catch up with all of the mock draft selections in our 2016 CSC Community Mock Draft Hub.

Pick Team
Selection Team Representative Approval Rating





1 Tennessee Leremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss Chris Dunnells 74%
2 Cleveland Jared Goff, QB, California quickdrawdoc 44%
3 San Diego Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida State
GhostofHD 65%
4 Dallas DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon Tee Word 52%
5 Jacksonville Myles Jack, LB, UCLA SxSnts9 73%
6 Baltimore Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida Lostastic 64%
7 San Francisco Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota St. BlackandGold4ever 58%
8 Philadelphia Ezekiel Elliot, RB, Ohio State ukesilence 64%
9 Tampa Bay Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State RyanAb9 85%
10 Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan St. Johnny BeGood
11 Chicago Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson NOLASaintsBeast
12 New Orleans Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville Dave Cariello
13 Miami
saintmanumit
14 Oakland
Chris Dunnells
15
quickdrawdoc
16 Detroit
Khannar
17 Atlanta


18 Indianapolis
NOLASaintsBeast
19 Buffalo
Jaimichaelugp
20
RyanAb9
21 Washington
saintmanumit
22 Houston
Tee Word
23 Minnesota
SxSnts9
24 Cincinnati
coldpizza
25 Pittsburgh
WhoDat365
26 Seattle

27 Green Bay
Johnny BeGood
28 Kansas City
coldpizza
29 New England (Forfeited) Forfeited pick --------- --------
30 Arizona
Matt Mosley
31 Carolina
Jaimichaelugp
32 Denver
ThaiDai3