OT Martinas Rankin, Mississippi St.

6’4″ – 308 lbs. – 5.30e

Originally attended Mississippi Gulf Coast, then redshirted in the 2015 season after transferring to the Bulldogs. Started the final ten games of the 2016 season at left tackle, then reprised that role the following season; however, missed time due to a sprained ankle sustained against Auburn. Was named an academic all-conference selection multiple times. Has adequate height and looks thicker than his listed weight. Thickness translates into a strong anchor in pass protection; can easily absorb power and avoid being walked back into the pocket. Athleticism is just adequate, but is able to make up for it with technique. Looks a little bit stiff, but has a quick, choppy kickslide and was able to get enough depth to mirror the SEC’s speed rushers on the edge. Knee-bender who plays with good balance. Has power in his hands and accurate placement. Extends his arms and has plenty of grip strength to sustain blocks. Keeps his head on a swivel and is able to adjust to twists and delayed rushers. Height and length may be on the borderline of what’s acceptable in a pro tackle prospect, so weigh-ins will be important. Physical inline blocker in the run game. Fires out of his stance with good leverage and exhibits the same power and grip strength which he does in the passing game. Can jolt opponents on contact, then lock on and drive them out of the hole. Keeps his feet churning after contact and plays through the whistle. Has a killer instinct and picks up plenty of pancake blocks. Better when he’s playing in a phone booth; wasn’t really asked to pull or reach the second level on any sort of regular basis, and is more explosive in a short area than he is fast in a straight line. Consequently, will probably be restricted to a power scheme at the pro level. Ankle injury will require further medical evaluation at the Combine. A polished prospect, especially considering that he has less than two full seasons of FBS starting experience. Combination of power, physicality, technique, and consistency makes him a potential starter along the line for a team with an inline/power blocking scheme, although depending on his measurements some teams may view him as a candidate to convert to guard or center. Practiced at the latter position this past spring, which may smooth his learning curve somewhat.

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