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New Orleans Saints draft Sheldon Rankins with 12th pick in first round

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The New Orleans Saints select defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins with the 12th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. 

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Rankins played two years for the Louisville Cardinals. His junior year he was named to the 

In 2015, the 6-foot-1, 299-pound defensive lineman finished the season with 58 tackles, 13 for losses and eight sacks, four quarterback hits and a fumble recovery.

Rankins is considered to be a strong run defender, but he has also continued to grow as a pass rusher.

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In the 2015 season, the Saints defense was ranked 31st in NFL. 

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