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

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

Louisville, KY (WAFB) - The New Orleans Saints select defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins with the 12th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.

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.

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

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