CHICAGO (WVUE) - The Saints went defense with their first-round pick taking former Louisville defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins.
Rankins is 6'1", 299-pound terror for opposing quarterbacks. In his junior year Rankins racked up 13.5 tackles for loss, eight sacks, and two interceptions. Rankins with powerful, violent hands ,and possesses elite foot quickness for interior defender.
Rankins played in a three-man defensive front for Louisville. With the Saints he doesn't know his assignments just yet, but he's ready to contribute right away.
"I don't know any specifics of what they want me to do, or anything like that. They're going to get a hard worker, someone who's going to come in and pick up the defense... Try to gain the trust of the veterans, the guys who've been busting their butts in that locker room, and then we'll go from there," Rankins said.