Martinas Rankin plays a versatile role in the Mississippi State Bulldog offensive line. Rankin moved from offensive tackle to center this spring. And, he could move into the first round of the 2018 NFL draft next spring.
College: Mississippi State Bulldogs #55
Position: Offensive Tackle
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- Rankin came to Mississippi State as a junior college transfer.
- Redshirted 2015 after transferring from junior college.
- 2015 SEC Academic honor roll.
NFL Draft Board Breakdown
Martinas Rankin appears on the NFL Draft Board because Walterfootball.com projects Rankin as a first round draft pick. Walterfootbal.com sees Rankin as the 27th pick going to the Seattle Seahawks.
Martinas Rankin also appears on the Charlie Campbell 2018 NFL mock draft. Charlie Campbell writes for Walterfootball.com. Campbell projects Rankin going to the Houston Texans with the 26th pick of the 2018 NFL draft.
On the NFL Draft Board, Rankin falls short of the first round. Rankin comes in at number 55 on the NFL Draft Board. The 2018 NFL draft provides plenty of competition for Rankin at the offensive tackle position. Rankin shows up at number six on the offensive tackle list.
Martinas’ 2016 season started rough. But, he eventually settled in as the starting left tackle. Rankin should enter the 2018 NFL draft as an offensive tackle prospect. However, this spring the Bulldogs are giving Rankin some time at center. It doesn’t appear the Bulldogs have decided whether Rankin will play center or tackle in the fall. But, the experience should enhance Rankin’s draft status for the the 2018 NFL draft.
Rankin returns to Mississippi State as one of only two returning starters on the offensive line. Graduations in the offensive line caused Rankin’s move. Because of the numerous loses, not much is expected of the Mississippi State offensive line this year. ESPN ranks the Mississippi State offensive line 12th out of 14 in the SEC.
The Mississippi coaching staff will rely heavily on Rankin’s leadership this year. This, too, should promote Rankin’s draft status.