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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; Sheldon Rankins - McShay and Kiper had him as the #1 DT (considered Buckner a DE). Mayock had him as the #2 interior DL, had Buckner as #1. And was considered a top 20 lock, potnetially top 10. And he's ...

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Old 04-30-2016, 09:37 AM   #1
 
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Sheldon Rankins - McShay and Kiper had him as the #1 DT (considered Buckner a DE). Mayock had him as the #2 interior DL, had Buckner as #1. And was considered a top 20 lock, potnetially top 10. And he's a player that is arguably the most disruptive interior DL in the draft and is a a 3 down DL with the ability to collapse the pocket and get after the QB from the middle, a trait very few DTs had in this draft.

Michael Thomas - All 3 of McShay, Kiper, and Mayock had him as the #5 ranked WR. And was considered a late 1st / early 2nd RD player whose skillset transitions very well to the NFL. And it was reported that the NFL people like Thomas way more than the media does and will be a better NFL WR than college. 1 analyst considered him a top 10 talent for teams that need a WR and has him as the 4th safest pick in the entire draft.

Vonn Bell - All 3 of McShay, Kiper, and Mayock had him as the #2 ranked Safety in the draft. And was considered a late 1st/ early 2nd RD player who excels in pass coverage and has the ability to man up WRs, slots, RBs, etc. He's a Safety that possesses CB like cover skills and was considered to be 1 of the best defensive playmakers in the entire draft.

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The Washington Post pre-draft and draft analysis has been some of the best I've seen this year. All three Saints selections made their final pre-draft top 50 prospects list.

For those interested in a little more analysis on our selections:

12. DT Sheldon Rankins, Louisville – He’s a ready-made 4-3 “three-technique.” He has the quickness off the ball to disrupt blocking schemes but the legs and trunk to win leverage battles with NFL offensive linemen.

38. WR Michael Thomas, Ohio State – Keyshawn Johnson’s nephew is a route-running maestro with the size to win across the middle consistently.

49. S Vonn Bell, Ohio State – He won’t remind anyone of Ronnie Lott or Kam Chancellor, two safeties very adept at filling the alley against the run. But, his football IQ and awareness are outstanding and make him a tremendous asset in pass defense.
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Draft picks: Sheldon Rankins (No. 12 overall), Michael Thomas (No. 47 overall), Vonn Bell (No. 61 overall)
Day 1 grade: B
Day 2 grade: A
Overall grade: A-
The skinny: Everyone knew the Saints needed a dynamic interior force that they haven't had since Sedrick Ellis. Rankins should fill that role well. He'll have to prove he can handle his run-stopping duties, however, to be worth this pick.

I love, love, love the Saints picking two Buckeyes in the second round. I'm not a big fan of giving up a fourth-round pick in this draft, but Bell was a darn good player at pick No. 61. Thomas will be a Marques Colston-type producer in New Orleans.

2016 NFL Draft: Quick-snap grades for NFC teams - NFL.com

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