Sr. 6-2 303
Hometown (HS): Covington, GA (Eastside)
2014 Stats: 13 games, 53 tackles, 31 solo tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, 8 sacks, 2 quarterback hurries, 1 fumble forced, 1 fumble recovered, 1 pass broken up and 2 interceptions.
"Obviously I bang the table for my abilities every day. Without those guys (rest of D-line), I wouldn't be able to do the things I do," said Rankins. "If I was the only guy out there able to make plays, you know, those guys would be coming free because they wouldn't be worried about them. Those guys go out there and do their job as well. It makes it easier on me. I'm able to go out there sometimes and get one-on-ones, I'm able to capitalize on those."
Rankins is listed as an end, but is more of an interchangeable lineman who often lines up next to the rush linebacker. For a big man at 303 pounds, he has a fast first step to go with good hands, but he can get hung up on blocks occasionally. He's agile enough to snag interceptions too with a couple picks a season ago. Longevity is another asset for Rankins as he has played 33 career games.