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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; Last week, colleague Nathan Jahnke broke down the most-improved units in the NFL heading into 2016. Shifting the focus to individual contributors, here are 20 additions—arriving via draft, free-agency signings, or trades—with the potential to dramatically help their new teams ...

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Old 05-31-2016, 11:37 AM   #1
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PFF: TOP 20 Offseason Additions Likely To Make An Immediate Impact

Last week, colleague Nathan Jahnke broke down the most-improved units in the NFL heading into 2016. Shifting the focus to individual contributors, here are 20 additions—arriving via draft, free-agency signings, or trades—with the potential to dramatically help their new teams from day one...

13. Sheldon Rankins, DT, Saints
How he got here: 2016 NFL draft (Round 1, pick No. 12 overall, Louisville)

The Saints were desperate for help on the interior of their defensive line this offseason. The “Williams Wall” may have finally crumbled, with Pat long retired and Kevin still sitting on the free-agent market. Aside from Williams (who graded positively for the ninth year running), the Saints lacked a difference-maker inside. Sheldon Rankins can convert the unit from a weakness to a strength. He was one of only six interior defensive lineman with a minimum of 39 stops and 39 combined pressures, highlighting the diversity of his skill-set.


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Got my fingers crossed.
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After Aaron Curry's colossal bust I'll never believe any player is a "can't miss" pick anymore. But this guy comes pretty darn close.

He is exactly the kind of DT this unit needed. And a healthy and motivated Nick Fairley comes in a close second.
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After Aaron Curry's colossal bust I'll never believe any player is a "can't miss" pick anymore. But this guy comes pretty darn close.

He is exactly the kind of DT this unit needed. And a healthy and motivated Nick Fairley comes in a close second.
That's going to depend on how well Jenkins and Davison can play the #1 tech
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After Aaron Curry's colossal bust I'll never believe any player is a "can't miss" pick anymore. But this guy comes pretty darn close.

He is exactly the kind of DT this unit needed. And a healthy and motivated Nick Fairley comes in a close second.
Nick actually looks like he is in great shape... Saw some ota pics.

If he comes to play we are going to have a damn good line.
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I hope he lives up to his media hype
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I don't see a lot of media "hype" on Rankins. Well grounded, low key and appears to be a lunch pale type of player.

The hype here in Dallas is another story. Fans have expectations of Ezekiel Elliot becoming Eric Dickerson on his first NFL hand off .

Delusional I tell you.
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I don't see a lot of media "hype" on Rankins. Well grounded, low key and appears to be a lunch pale type of player.

The hype here in Dallas is another story. Fans have expectations of Ezekiel Elliot becoming Eric Dickerson on his first NFL hand off .

Delusional I tell you.
Yeah I don't hear much media hype either. All I hear is that he's a solid pick who should help out immediately on a weak front 7.
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