Free Agent Profile: Defensive Tackle Sheldon Rankins


Sheldon Rankins, 6’2”, 305 pounds, 33 3/8 Arm Length

Signature Stats: 2023 pass rush stats amongst 129 qualifying DTs: T-28th in pressures, T-31st in pass rush productivity, T-18th in hurries, T-11th in win %


Contract Projection: 2-3 years, $9m-$11m AAV, $15m guaranteed


Cover 1 Take: Starting caliber player with a skillset & play style that pairs well with the Bills 1-gapping penetration based defense. Won’t break the bank, but won’t be cheap. Likely the top tier of realistic “splash” moves the Bills could make given the need, fit, and projection going forward.

Summary #1: Athleticism and juice inside with explosion and agility, good arsenal of moves, alignment versatility with reps at 1T, 3T, 4, 4i, 2, and 0 shade, anchors & holds his ground vs double teams with leverage and weight transfer more than a drop the knee guy (gums up the works), good block recognition & diagnosis vs the run, effective as a looper and a spiker, UOH (placement, quickness, pop/shock) to discard blockers. -Prohaska

Signature Skill/Trait: Pass rush arsenal

Summary #2: Agile and explosive interior lineman, showcasing versatility in his alignment across various positions. With a diverse arsenal of moves, he effectively disrupts plays and holds his ground against double teams through leverage and weight transfer techniques. Rankins demonstrates keen block recognition and diagnosis abilities against the run, while also excelling as a looper and spiker in pass rush situations. His usage of hands is notable, swiftly discarding blockers with precise placement, quickness, and impactful force.-Turner

Signature Skill/Trait: Saviness