Buffalo Bills- DT Sheldon Rankins (Louisville)
The Bills ranked 15th in the league last season allowing 22.4 points per game in their first under new head coach and defensive coordinator Rex Ryan. Things get even more interesting this upcoming season in Buffalo as Rex’s brother, Rob, will join the staff after his unceremonious departure from New Orleans. Many expected the Bills to be much better on defense last season and believe Rex may still be in search of the correct players for his defense to flourish in western New York. Former Pro Bowl defensive tackle Kyle Williams was banged up last season and only played in 6 games total. Williams will also be turning 33 in June. Enter Sheldon Rankins from Louisville as the first round pick for Buffalo at number 19 overall. Rankins is known for his versatility which Rex Ryan loves for his defense making him a fit in various schemes. He is powerfully built in his lower half, but still plays with the explosiveness that can overwhelm blockers at times. Rankins totaled 14 sacks in the past two seasons while at Louisville. The main concern that comes with Rankins is his size for the defensive tackle position in the NFL. Some scouts believe he is too undersized to survive being a full time interior player at the next level. The worry is he could lose quickness if he decides to add more bulk to his frame. The Bills ranked 31st with only 21 total sacks as a team in 2015 just edging out the Falcons who had 19. I like the versatility in Rankins game and think he’ll be a great fit for the different looks Rex Ryan looks to throw at defenses.