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:
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.
||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
|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||New York Giants||Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan St.||Johnny BeGood|
|11||Chicago||Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson||NOLASaintsBeast|
|12||New Orleans||Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville||Dave Cariello|
|15||Rams">Los Angeles Rams||quickdrawdoc|
|20||New York Jets||RyanAb9|
|27||Green Bay||Johnny BeGood|
|29||New England (Forfeited)||Forfeited pick||---------||--------|