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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; Twitter Rankins needs to step up as a first round pick, Onyemata, taken in the fourth, and Davison, taken in the fifth, are right there with him... LR Grade Player 35 81.3 Sheldon Rankins 37 81.1 David Onyemata 39 80.7 ...

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Old 11-03-2017, 08:35 PM   #1
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Rankins needs to step up as a first round pick, Onyemata, taken in the fourth, and Davison, taken in the fifth, are right there with him...


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35 81.3 Sheldon Rankins

37 81.1 David Onyemata

39 80.7 Tyeler Davison
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Sheldon's doing some great things. He's just having to face most of the double teams because we don't have an impactful NT.
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Sheldon's doing some great things. He's just having to face most of the double teams because we don't have an impactful NT.
Chris, guys like Aaron Donald, Ndamukong Suh, Geno Atkins, Linval Joseph, Damon Harrison get double-teamed, right? I'd just like to see a few more WOW plays from

Rankins...

And with the stellar play we've gotten from the Defensive Ends - Jordan, Hendrickson, Okafor, gotta believe as a Top 15 pick, Rankins should have better production?

To see Rankins ranked below guys like Akiem Hicks and Al Woods is a real head scratcher...

Look, he's playing and starting as a first round pick, as he should, I'm just asking if we could've gotten the same production from a third round pick?
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On a another note, former UDFA and FA signee from the Browns LB Craig Robertson drew this praise from PFF:

New Orleans Saints: Linebacker Craig Robertson has an average depth of tackle of 1.8 yards past the line of scrimmage. That is the lowest for any linebacker with ten or more tackles this season.
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Chris, guys like Aaron Donald, Ndamukong Suh, Geno Atkins, Linval Joseph, Damon Harrison get double-teamed, right? I'd just like to see a few more WOW plays from

Rankins...

And with the stellar play we've gotten from the Defensive Ends - Jordan, Hendrickson, Okafor, gotta believe as a Top 15 pick, Rankins should have better production?

To see Rankins ranked below guys like Akiem Hicks and Al Woods is a real head scratcher...

Look, he's playing and starting as a first round pick, as he should, I'm just asking if we could've gotten the same production from a third round pick?
Yeah I get what you're saying about the WOW plays. I really wish I could see a breakdown of where he's lining up and how often he's being asked to just eat up blocks to free up the others.
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Yeah I get what you're saying about the WOW plays. I really wish I could see a breakdown of where he's lining up and how often he's being asked to just eat up blocks to free up the others.
A honest, in depth assessment of Rankins through 6 games. PFF numbers don't show the impact he's had. The guy has been really good.

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A honest, in depth assessment of Rankins through 6 games. PFF numbers don't show the impact he's had. The guy has been really good.
Thanks Major for sharing; saw your share on another thread, a shame the "Rev" sure doesn't want anyone else to get a word in because the other guy seemed to have some responsive insight...

Not that PFF is the end all, be all, but their criticism of Rankins is that while his play is solid, he's not taking full advantage on some plays as he could and should, which is why I'm asking y'all's take because I feel I'd like to see more production on the 13th pick of the draft...

Guess Lattimore and Ramczyk has set the bar high now for Saints' first round picks...

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Keep seeing that third name on that pictograph and can't help but recall a few people, including Hagan, who wanted Harrison...

If SP and the Mickster had put Fairley through a physical before extending him to that kind of money, we may have had the time, resources to get the Big Snacks...
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The did give him a physical didn't they?

Either way he always had a heart condition that could become a issue any time. Can't blame them for it happening after so many years of playing without a issue.
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Could do with some real mass on that line

Most our our guys are 300-320lb max.

A Wilfork/Harrison type especially when they shift to a 3 man front. Dont think anyone we have is big enough to hold the middle alone.

Don't want to get in them to much though and they are in general keeping thst pocket closed and stopping people escaping the edge pressure
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