ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay is out with version 2.0 of his 2016 NFL mock draft, and McShay has tossed a new name into the mix for the New York Giants with the 10th overall selection in the 2016 NFL Draft. McShay selected Louisville defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins for the Giants at that spot.
McShay left UCLA linebacker Myles Jack (No. 11, Chicago Bears), Alabama defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson (No. 12, New Orleans Saints), Alabama linebacker Reggie Ragland (No. 16, Detroit Lions), Clemson defensive end Shaq Lawson (No. 17, Atlanta Falcons), and Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith (No. 19, Buffalo Bills) on the board in selecting Rankins. Here is McShay's reasoning:
We've been on Rankins' bandwagon for quite some time, as his combination of quickness and power popped off the screen whenever we turned on the film. After having a terrific week of practices at the Senior Bowl, the versatile D-lineman is shooting up draft boards. At 6-foot-2, 303 pounds, Rankins would give the Giants a devastating DT combo with Johnathan Hankins.
Props here to Chris, who profiled Rankins earlier this week and compared him to St. Louis Rams' defensive tackle Aaron Donald. Donald, of course, was selected one pick after Odell Beckham Jr. in 2014. Donald has twice been named a Pro Bowler and once a first-team All-Pro in his two seasons. Donald was also 2014 AP Defensive Rookie of the Year.
Here is part of what Chris wrote:
If you liked Aaron Donald, odds are you'll like Rankins. He is an athletic, productive, disruptive -- and isn't disruption really production? -- high motor, front seven player. He doesn't have ideal measurables, but that also doesn't really matter much.
Rankins has the skill set to win at the NFL level, and he uses what he has very well. The question facing the Giants is if he isn't quite worth the 10th overall selection, can he possibly fall all the way to 40th overall?
If McShay is right, no chance Rankins gets to the Giants at 40. Your thoughts, Giants fans?