Martinas Rankin

Mississippi St.
C

Prospect Info

College
Mississippi St.
Hometown
Class
Mendenhall, MS
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 4"
308 lbs
33 3/4”
Hands
10 1/8”

Prospect Grade

5.76
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade

2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
Houston
Texans
Round 3 ‧ Pick 16
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Rankin was the top junior college offensive tackle prospect nationally (a top-five overall recruit) after a successful two years at home-state Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. He waited a year to get on the field, redshirting the 2015 season. His play in 2016 as the team's full-time starter at left tackle, however, earned the respect of scouts and media alike. Despite starting just nine of 10 games played in his senior year at left tackle due to a high ankle sprain suffered against Auburn, Rankin was a first-team All-SEC pick in 2017. Rankin's length and lateral agility made him a tough blocker to beat on the outside, and he brings a strong punch and active feet in the run game, as well.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 2-3
NFL Comparison
Justin Britt
Overview
As a left tackle, Rankin will struggle with edge speed and as a right tackle he may have issues as a run blocker handling the power he will face. While he offers tackle flexibility and may get an early look at right tackle, his best position might be at center where his instincts and intelligence will stand out. The further Rankin kicks inside the better he will be. He may be average as a tackle or guard, but he could become a good NFL starter if he gets his shot at center.
Strengths
  • Offers five position versatility and center might be his best spot as a pro
  • Feet are active and sudden in his sets and mirroring
  • Good initial get-off with kick slides
  • Disciplined enough to stay square in pass sets longer without opening too early
  • Explodes from upper body into his punch
  • Instinctive with eyes that don't panic
  • Doesn't overreact to early movement from twists and stunts
  • Stays focused on sneaky Petes looking to loop over the top or attack with a delayed blitz
  • Accelerates with loaded hands into down blocks
  • Lands with force creating early imbalance from defender
  • Takes good angles to his direct second level targets
  • Shows some ability to reset hands and scramble when early phase of block is off.
Weaknesses
  • Average slide quickness to meet edge speed
  • Plays with some ankle stiffness
  • Base narrows as slide progresses
  • Hands take rounded route into punch opening his frame
  • Hand placement runs wide and high
  • Struggles to latch and ride in pass pro with defenders displacing his hands
  • Lacks of firmness in outside hand and average slide quickness allows rushers access to his edge
  • Gives some ground to power
  • Comes off ball and lands with elevated pad level in run game
  • Loses leverage battles
  • Lacks initial lateral quickness
  • Unable to sustain as drive blocker
  • Inconsistent finisher losing command in the third phase of the block.

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league