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Name: Martinas Rankin 
College: Mississippi State     Number: 55
Height: 6-5   Weight: 315
Position: OT  Pos2: OG  Class/Draft Year: rSr/2018
40 Low: 5.02
  40 Time: 5.17
   40 High: 5.28

Projected Round: 1      Stock: 
Rated number 3 out of 115 OT's     26 / 2381 TOTAL
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Weight: 315

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 Data Scout Notes: 2017: 1stC...2016: NAC...2015: NAC
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  Martinas Rankin
Mississippi State Bulldogs
Offensive Tackle
6-5, 304, 5.17, #55
Mendenhall, Miss.
Mendenhall


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  …12/13/17 - 2017 ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): OL Martinas Rankin, Mississippi State,...Rankin became the first offensive lineman to earn first-team accolades at offensive line since former Bulldog and current Oakland Raider Gabe Jackson in 2013. Rankin served as a team captain over the 2017 season and anchored an offensive line that allowed MSU to rush for 2,995 yards, which ranks third in the league. The Bulldogs average 249.6 yards per game, ranking 14th nationally, third in the SEC and is the best rushing yards per game since MSU's school record of 280.5 was set in 1980. The Mendenhall, Miss., native has guided a State offensive line that has allowed just 11 sacks over the 2017 season, which is the fewest by any Power 5 team this year and the sixth-fewest in the FBS. The 11 sacks are the fewest given up in MSU school history.

 Overview

  …A two-year starter at Mississippi State, Rankin went from afterthought high school recruit to All-SEC performer over the past five seasons, developing into one of the better left tackles in college football as a senior. Aside from being a top JUCO recruit, he put his name on the NFL radar after holding his own vs. Myles Garrett in 2016 and showed steady improvement with each game.

Rankin is a balanced athlete with the snap-to-step quickness and stubborn hands to keep rushers tied up, finding proper position to stay between defender and pocket. He isn’t an overpowering strength player, but he flashes violence with his punch and looks to win early in the rep.

BACKGROUND
A no-star offensive tackle recruit out of high school, Martinas Rankin had the grades and raw talent out of Mendenhall, but didn’t receive any FCS or FBS scholarship offers. He enrolled at Mississippi Gulf Coast Junior College where he played the 2013 and 2014 seasons and developed into the No. 1 ranked JUCO offensive tackle recruit.

Rankin received several high-profile offers and narrowed his choice to Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Oklahoma, choosing the Bulldogs. After redshirting in 2015, he worked his way into the starting line-up as a junior, starting the final 10 games of the 2016 season at left tackle. Rankin returned for his senior year and missed a few games due to injury, finishing the 2017 season with nine starts at left tackle, which was enough to earn First Team All-SEC honors.


 Analysis

  …STRENGTHS
Explosive upper body. Controlled punch with proper timing. Balanced kickslide and stays on his feet. Effective counter measures to reset after initial contact. Uses his reach to extend the arc of rushers, altering the path to the quarterback. Alert to recognize blitzers and reorganize his assignments. Efficient puller through run lanes, locking onto second level defenders and eliminating them from the equation. Strong hands to latch-and-steer in the run game. More likely to move rushers than be moved himself. Extensive practice experience at center. Mild-mannered off the field, but cranks up the intensity on the field. Self-made and committed the time and resources to develop his game. – Dane Brugler 12/30/2017

WEAKNESSES
Doesn’t have elite length or movement skills, making the corner vulnerable vs. speed. Bad habit of prematurely opening his kickslide. Uses his hands well to meet rushers, but placement requires fine-tuning. Lacks ideal power in his legs. Needs to better sink and roll his hips instead of relying on his upper body. Hunts at the second level, but sustain skills vs. linebackers need work. Only average experience with 19 career starts at the FBS level. Missed three games as a senior due to a serious left ankle sprain (Sept. 2017). – Dane Brugler 12/30/2017

IN OUR VIEW: Rankin is still learning the nuances of the position and lacks a dominant trait, but he grades slightly above average in almost every critical area for playing the position at a high level. He can stay at tackle in the NFL, but also has the versatile skill-set to provide depth at guard and center.


 2017 Season

  Rankin became the first offensive lineman to earn first-team accolades at offensive line since former Bulldog and current Oakland Raider Gabe Jackson in 2013. Rankin served as a team captain over the 2017 season and anchored an offensive line that allowed MSU to rush for 2,995 yards, which ranks third in the league. The Bulldogs average 249.6 yards per game, ranking 14th nationally, third in the SEC and is the best rushing yards per game since MSU's school record of 280.5 was set in 1980. The Mendenhall, Miss., native has guided a State offensive line that has allowed just 11 sacks over the 2017 season, which is the fewest by any Power 5 team this year and the sixth-fewest in the FBS. The 11 sacks are the fewest given up in MSU school history.

 2016 Season

  Played in all 13 games and started the final 10 contests of the year at left tackle … Proved to be MSU’s most dominant offensive lineman, playing in 857 snaps and protecting Nick Fitzgerald … Played a season-high 101 snaps against No. 4 Texas A&M and graded out a champion in the victory … Named SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week for his efforts against the Aggies as MSU did not allow a sack against one of the nation’s top defensive lines … Became the first Bulldog to take SEC honors since Ben Beckwith in 2014 … Had three knockdowns in the victory … For the year, paved the way for a record-setting MSU offense that rushed for 2,997 yards and allowed the second-fewest sacks in the SEC.

 2015 Season

  Redshirted as a junior after coming from the JUCO ranks … Named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll.

 Junior College

  The top junior college offensive lineman in America for the Class of 2015 … Comes to MSU after playing for Mississippi Gulf Coast where he was coached by Chad Huff … Received four stars by 247Sports and ESPN.com and three stars by Rivals … Tabbed the No. 1 JUCO offensive tackle by 247Sports and the No. 5 JUCO player regardless of position … The No. 9 overall JUCO player by Scout.com … Named first-team all-region and All MACJC in 2014 … Recipient of the 2014 MACJC Most Valuable Lineman award.

 High School

  Prepped at Mendenhall High School.

 Personal

  Born Martinas Orlando Rankin on Oct. 20, 1994, in Jackson, Miss. … Parents are Orlando and Cassandra Rankin … Has two older siblings, Austin and Mary … Majoring in kinesiology … Twitter handle is @MTRankin_57.

 
 Draft Scout Player News
12/13/17 - 2017 ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): OL Martinas Rankin, Mississippi State,...Rankin became the first offensive lineman to earn first-team accolades at offensive line since former Bulldog and current Oakland Raider Gabe Jackson in 2013. Rankin served as a team captain over the 2017 season and anchored an offensive line that allowed MSU to rush for 2,995 yards, which ranks third in the league. The Bulldogs average 249.6 yards per game, ranking 14th nationally, third in the SEC and is the best rushing yards per game since MSU's school record of 280.5 was set in 1980. The Mendenhall, Miss., native has guided a State offensive line that has allowed just 11 sacks over the 2017 season, which is the fewest by any Power 5 team this year and the sixth-fewest in the FBS. The 11 sacks are the fewest given up in MSU school history. The trio of Bulldogs return to action on Saturday, Dec. 30 as MSU battle Louisville in the TaxSlayer Bowl. The 11 a.m. CT kickoff at Everbank Field in Jacksonville, Fla., will be televised by ESPN. - Mississippi State Football
07/20/17 - OL Martinas Rankin, rated No. 75 for the 2018 NFL Draft by NFLDraftScout.com, likely will move back to left tackle after playing center in the spring, coach Dan Mullen said. His versatility will be a plus at the next level. "Has worked his tail off in the program," Mullen said. "One of the great things he got to do was play center all during spring ball." Rankin can make the move back to left tackle because center/guard Elgton Jenkins can play in the pivot after missing the spring due to injury. Rankin redshirted at Mississippi State in 2015 after transferring from junior college. He started the final 10 games of last season at left tackle.
11/09/16 - NOV 7 SEC OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Martinas Rankin, OT, Mississippi State...Rankin had one of the most dominant games by an MSU offensive lineman this season, grading out a champion against one of the elite defensive lines in the nation as MSU defeated No. 4 Texas A&M. ...He recorded three knockdowns and MSU gave up zero sacks as a team. It was the first time this season that A&M did not record a sack and first since Nov. 7, 2015 vs. Auburn...He paved the way as the Bulldogs racked up a season-best 365 yards rushing, their highest rushing total since recording 409 vs. Houston on Oct. 9, 2010...It was the highest rushing total against an SEC team by MSU since tallying 390 vs. Kentucky on Oct. 29, 1994. - SEC Football

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