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Louisville junior LB Trevon Young (hip) is expected to miss the entire 2016 season.

Young suffered a dislocated and fractured hip in the Music City Bowl win over Texas A&M in December. It was a devastating injury that, according to the Louisville Courier Journal, a Nashville doctor said he had not seen a similar injury suffered in a football game (only in a traumatic event like a car accident). Luckily, says Young's father, the family has been told that the injury isn't as serious as the one suffered by Bo Jackson in the early 1990s. Young posted 8.5 sacks in 2015.
Feb 12 - 2:44 PM

Pro Football Focus' Zoltan Buday is slightly concerned that Louisville DL Sheldon Rankins struggled against the run in 2014 and regressed in that metric as the season went along in 2015.

To be fair, Rankins was tremendous against the run in 2015, recording the second-most run stops at his position. Much of that production came early, where Rankins posted a +2.0 PFF grade in each of his first seven games. He graded out above +1.0 in only one of his last six games. This is a whole lot of nitpicking for a great prospect. Over the past two years, Rankins logged 16 sacks, 14 hits and 53 hurries. "Rankins has been one of the best 3-4 defensive ends in college football over the past two seasons and will almost certainly be selected in the first round," Buday wrote.
Feb 10 - 6:33 PM

Rotoworld's Josh Norris ranks Louisville DL Sheldon Rankins as the No. 9 overall prospect in the 2016 NFL Draft.

On Norris' initial Big Board, Rankins checked in at No. 18. Between a few top-20 prospects deciding to stay on campus and Norris' positive impression of Rankins' work at the Senior Bowl, the former Cardinals' star has jumped into Rotoworld's top-10. "A true interior disruptor," Norris wrote. "Rankins was asked to play next to the center, guard and outside of the tackle this year. He’s at his best getting upfield off the snap with explosion and agility, then uses a variety of moves to win one on one. He’s quite strong for a compact defensive tackle. Disruptors like Rankins can be difficult to find in any class. Rankins was on the field for 79.4% of the school’s snaps."
Source: Rotoworld
Feb 9 - 12:35 PM

Louisville DT Sheldon Rankins has "first-round talent and the scheme flexibility to play in a 4-3 or 3-4 front," per ESPN's Matt Bowen.

"Rankins has the quicks off the ball, the counter moves to disengage and the grown-man power to win consistently up front," he wrote. Rotoworld draft analyst Josh Norris called Rankins the best prospect at the Senior Bowl. Norris grades Rankins as the No. 18 overall prospect in this spring's draft.
Feb 3 - 1:55 PM

At the Senior Bowl, Louisville DT Sheldon Rankins "stood out among a great group of defensive linemen," according to ESPN's Todd McShay.

Rankins was the No. 2 prospect at the event, in McShay's eyes. "Rankins showed good pass-rush skills in one-on-one drills, while also penetrating the backfield against the run," he wrote. The 6-foot-2, 303-pounder didn't suit up for Saturday's game due to a knee/calf issue that he tweaked in practices. Didn't hurt him in the eyes of evaluators. NFL.com's Lance Zierlein noted that Rankins "showed off his tremendous hands and balance, and was as skilled as any defensive tackle in Mobile"
Feb 1 - 2:30 PM

Louisville DT Sheldon Rankins (knee) indicated that his Senior Bowl injury was a re-aggravation of an earlier injury.

Rankins isn't suited up for Saturday's Senior Bowl, but he did clear up what's ailing him. The 6-foot-2, 303-pounder explained that he took a hit to the upper-calf during the regular season and that the injury resurfaced during the practice week. While he's not playing in the Senior Bowl, the scouting community's been abuzz over his pre-injury performance, with CBS Sports' Rob Rang calling him "the proverbial bowling ball of butcher knives."
Jan 30 - 3:31 PM

NFL Media analysts Lance Zierlein and Daniel Jeremiah pegged Louisville DT Sheldon Rankins as the player who's helped his draft stock the most during the Senior Bowl practice week.

Wrote Jeremiah, "[Rankins] dominated the one-on-ones and he has all of the tools to be a three-down player at the next level." Meanwhile, Zierlein noted that the 6-foot-2, 303-pound prospect "showed off his tremendous hands and balance, and was as skilled as any defensive tackle in Mobile" before concluding that "with an ability to get up the field and disrupt, he might have solidified his spot in the first round." Perhaps the biggest hurdle standing in the way of Rankins as a first-rounder is the fact that this class of defensive linemen is absolutely stacked.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 30 - 12:42 PM

Four-star QB Jawon Pass committed to Louisville in July.

Alabama, Auburn and Clemson were in pursuit of Pass before he committed to Louisville. The 6-foot-5, 211-pounder out of Carver High School in Columbus, Georgia, is ranked No. 228 in the ESPN 300. He's already developing nicely as a running threat, but his accuracy through the air is another matter entirely. ESPN's Tom Luginbill cautioned that with the Cardinals, "He is going to have to play the position from within the pocket and make more difficult throws that will require much more accuracy." He won't be playing immediately, though, which should give the team some time to see just how much work Pass needs in his...um...passing.
Jan 29 - 10:25 PM

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah wrote that Louisville DT Sheldon Rankins should be a "lock to go in the middle of the first round."

A minor knee injury has sidelined Rankins for Saturday's Senior Bowl, but he did more than enough during the practice week to open the eyes of the scouting community. "In a loaded DL group, he stood out because of his quickness and pass-rush savvy," Jeremiah noted before adding that the 6-foot-2, 303-pounder "dominated one-on-ones by using a variety of moves to go along with his explosive get off." CBS Sports' Rob Rang has called Rankins a "proverbial bowling ball of butcher knives."
Source: NFL.com
Jan 29 - 8:03 PM

Per CBS Sports draft analyst Rob Rang, Louisville DT Sheldon Rankins (knee) was "the proverbial bowling ball of butcher knives" during the Senior Bowl practice week.

Alas, we won't be seeing Rankins roll/knife through opposing offensive linemen during the Senior Bowl. He suffered a knee injury during Thursday's practice. But back to the bowling ball/butcher knife thing. Rang wrote that the 6-foot-2, 303-pounder worked his magic during the practice week by "slicing through would-be blockers with his initial burst, strength and coordinated hand play to disrupt runs and passes, alike." Rotoworld draft analyst Josh Norris has called him the best prospect at the Senior Bowl, tabbing him as his No. 18 overall prospect for this springs draft. Meanwhile, NFL Network's Mike Mayock's indicated that he thinks that Rankin is beginning to sneak toward the first round.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 29 - 3:01 PM

While watching Louisville DT Sheldon Rankins (knee) at the Senior Bowl, NFL Network's Mike Mayock thought he was emerging as a first-rounder.

We thought he was heading into the event. Rotoworld's Josh Norris ranks Rankins as the No. 18 overall prospect in the 2016 NFL Draft. "A true interior disruptor," Norris wrote. "Rankins was asked to play next to the center, guard and outside of the tackle this year. He’s at his best getting upfield off the snap with explosion and agility. He’s quite strong for a compact defensive tackle. Disruptors like Rankins can be difficult to find in any class." Norris says Rankins plays similarly to Kawann Short. Unfortunately, Rankins will miss the event with a knee injury.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 28 - 7:51 PM

Louisville DL Sheldon Rankins sprained his knee during practices and will miss the Senior Bowl.

"Had basically been unblockable," wrote Eric Edholm of Yahoo. Brugler, Luke Easterling, Tony Pauline and Mike Mayock all used the word "domination" to describe Rankins' work on the practice fields, while a series of analysts from Rob Rang to Mayock basically guaranteed he'd be going in the first round. Long story short: This news is sad for Saturday's viewers, but Rankins did everything he needed to do during his truncated week to get an invite into the Green Room in April.
Jan 28 - 12:17 PM

Rotoworld's Josh Norris ranks Louisville DL Sheldon Rankins as the best prospect at the Senior Bowl.

No surprise there, as Norris grades Rankins as the No. 18 overall prospect in the draft. "If I had to put money down on one prospect to catch everyone’s attention this week, it is Rankins," he wrote. "I think he dominates one on ones. Rankins is ahead of the game in terms of hand use. I am not calling Rankins Kawann Short, but they win in similar ways: pass rushing awareness and intent to lift, catch and separate a blockers hands in order to gain the balance and positioning advantage." Senior Bowl Executive Director Phil Savage says NFL scouts want to see Rankins display "more individual 1-on-1 pass rush ability" at his event.
Source: Rotoworld
Jan 26 - 2:53 PM

ESPN's Travis Haney pegs Louisville freshman QB Lamar Jackson as the No. 4 breakout star candidate for 2016.

"It wasn’t until the last two games of the year that Jackson, a freshman in 2015, finally seemed to settle in," he wrote. "As other suitors for the job were trotted out through the course of the fall, it became crystal clear that Jackson was the best player and playmaker that Louisville had at the position. His work learning as a passer will dictate his ceiling, and he has a teacher [Bobby Petrino] with an outstanding track record." The 6-foot-3, 196-pound freshman finishes out the season having thrown for 1,840 yards with a 12/8 TD/INT ratio while rushing for 960 yards and 11 touchdowns. If Petrino can teach him to throw, watch out.
Jan 25 - 8:02 PM

Rotoworld's Josh Norris ranks Louisville DL Sheldon Rankins as the No. 18 overall prospect in the 2016 NFL Draft.

"A true interior disruptor," Norris wrote. "Rankins was asked to play next to the center, guard and outside of the tackle this year. He’s at his best getting upfield off the snap with explosion and agility. He’s quite strong for a compact defensive tackle. Disruptors like Rankins can be difficult to find in any class." Norris believes Rankins is similar to Kawann Short. Rankins played 79.4-percent of Louisville's defensive snaps this past season. He will play in the Senior Bowl later this month. The Executive Director of that event, Phil Savage, says NFL scouts will want to see Rankins display "more individual 1-on-1 pass rush ability."
Source: Rotoworld
Jan 14 - 6:16 PM


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