Louisville DT Sheldon Rankins
As I mentioned previously, the Redskins are heading into this offseason with a plan of getting younger along the defensive line. While Billings would be an excellent fit at nose tackle, Rankins offers plenty to fill in at any of the three spots along the Washington defensive front. That’s why he’s such an intriguing option–if the Louisville product is actually available at No. 21.
Like many folks, I’m a firm believer that Rankins is a Top-15 talent, and stands a good chance of coming off the board before the Redskins are finally on the clock. He’s an outstanding athlete with impressive power and versatility, offering the ability to line up anywhere along the defensive line regardless of scheme. Although he has some issues to address, there’s no denying Rankins has a promising future in the NFL.
If Rankins does slide to the Redskins, it would be hard for GM Scot McCloughan to pass on the former Cardinals star. Based on the film, he’d be an excellent asset for the Washington defense with the potential to develop into one of the NFL’s top defensive linemen.