Martinas Rankin
Rankin with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2019
Personal information
Born: (1994-10-20) October 20, 1994 (age 27)
Jackson, Mississippi
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:311 lb (141 kg)
Career information
High school:Mendenhall
(Mendenhall, Mississippi)
College:Mississippi State
Position:Offensive tackle
NFL Draft:2018 / Round: 3 / Pick: 80
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:23
Games started:10
Player stats at NFL.com

Martinas Orlando Rankin[1] (born October 20, 1994) is American football offensive tackle who is a free agent. He played college football at Mississippi State and was drafted by the Houston Texans in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft. He has also been a member of the Kansas City Chiefs.

Early life

After playing at Mendenhall High School in Mississippi, Rankin spent two years at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in Perkinston, Mississippi. He was rated as the ninth best junior college recruit by 247 Sports[2] and committed to play at Mississippi State over offers from Oklahoma, Florida, Louisville, Missouri, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Texas, and others.[3]

College career

Rankin redshirted in 2015 and earned a starting job as a junior in 2016. He had a breakout year in 2017, winning the Kent Hull Trophy[4] and being named to the 2017 All-SEC football team.

Professional career

NFL Draft

Before his senior season, Rankin was projected as a first round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft by several writers.[5] Rankin's draft stock began to slide after he sustained an ankle injury during the season and also had mediocre performances against LSU and Auburn.[6] On November 16, 2017, it was announced that Rankin had accepted his invitation to play in the 2018 Senior Bowl.[7] On January 20, 2018, it was reported that Rankin would be unable to play in the Senior Bowl due to an ankle injury he sustained in the TaxSlayer Bowl. Rankin attended the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, but did not perform any drills due to the foot injury he sustained. On March 28, 2018, he attended Mississippi State's pro day, but chose to only perform the broad jump and vertical jump. Rankin also attended a private meetings with representatives from the Cincinnati Bengals and Denver Broncos.[8][9] At the conclusion of the pre-draft process, Rankin was projected to be a second or third round pick by NFL draft experts and scouts. He was ranked as the fourth best offensive tackle by Scouts Inc. and was ranked the seventh best offensive tackle in the draft by DraftScout.com and Sports Illustrated.[10][11][12]

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span Vertical jump Broad jump
6 ft 4+38 in
(1.94 m)
308 lb
(140 kg)
33+34 in
(0.86 m)
10+18 in
(0.26 m)
29 in
(0.74 m)
9 ft 0 in
(2.74 m)
All values from NFL Combine /Mississippi State's Pro Day[13]

Houston Texans

The Houston Texas selected Rankins in the third round with the 80th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Rankins was the eighth offensive tackle drafted in 2018.[14] The pick used to draft Rankin was acquired in a trade that sent Duane Brown to the Seattle Seahawks.[15]

External video
video icon Texans draft Martinas Rankin 80th overall
video icon NFL Draft Profile: Martinas Rankin

On May 10, 2018, the Houston Texans signed Rankin to a four-year, $3.54 million contract that includes a signing bonus of $901,268.[16]

The Texans stated they drafted Rankin to play offensive tackle although many scouts and draft experts viewed him as an interior offensive lineman in the NFL. During rookie minicamp, Rankin sustained a foot injury which required surgery and was sidelined for the entire training camp.[17]

Kansas City Chiefs

On August 31, 2019, Rankin was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for running back Carlos Hyde.[18] He started five games at left guard before suffering a knee injury in Week 10. He was placed on injured reserve on November 11, 2019.[19] During his absence, the Chiefs went on to win Super Bowl LIV, their first championship in 50 years.[20] He was placed on the active/physically unable to perform list (PUP) at the start of training camp on July 31, 2020.[21] He was moved to the reserve/PUP list at the start of the regular season on September 5, 2020.[22] He was activated on November 10.[23] He was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list by the Chiefs on November 16, 2020,[24] and activated on November 23.[25] He was waived on June 17, 2021.[26]

References

  1. ^ "Martinas Rankin". HailState.com. Retrieved December 9, 2017.
  2. ^ "2015 Top Football Recruits". 247sports.com. Retrieved December 9, 2017.
  3. ^ "Martinas Rankin". 247sports.com. Retrieved December 9, 2017.
  4. ^ "Senior Martinas Rankin Wins 2017 Kent Hull Trophy". HailState.com. November 21, 2017. Retrieved December 9, 2017.
  5. ^ Thornhill, Gardner. "Mississippi State OL Martinas Rankin projected as First Round Draft Pick". Fansided. Retrieved December 9, 2017.
  6. ^ Wimberly, Jake (May 5, 2018). "Believe it or not, Mississippi State OT Martinas Rankin showing up in 2018 mock draft 1st rounds". gridironnow.com. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  7. ^ "Rotoworld.com: Matinas invited to the Senior Bowl". rotoworld.com. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  8. ^ McGuire, Steve (April 24, 2018). "Martinas Rankin 2018 NFL Draft Profile". lastwordonprofootball.com. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  9. ^ Walden, Tylor (April 10, 2018). "Mississippi State OT Martinas Rankin Visits Broncos". Predominantly Orange. Retrieved March 22, 2021.
  10. ^ "Martinas Rankin, DS #7 OT, Mississippi State". draftscout.com. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  11. ^ "NFL Martinas Rankin-ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  12. ^ "The 2018 NFL Draft Big Board, Vol. 2". si.com. Retrieved August 18, 2018.
  13. ^ "NFL Draft Profile: Martinas Ranking". National Football League. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  14. ^ "2018 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved February 25, 2019.
  15. ^ Kollmann, Brett (April 27, 2018). "Houston Texans Select Martinas Rankin With 80th Overall Pick". BattleRedBlog.com. Retrieved June 10, 2018.
  16. ^ "Spotrac.com: Martinas Rankin contract". Spotrac.com. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  17. ^ Wesseling, Chris (July 12, 2018). "Texans rookie OT Rankin recovering from foot surgery". NFL.com. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  18. ^ Patra, Kevin (August 31, 2019). "Texans acquire vet RB Carlos Hyde from Chiefs". NFL.com. Retrieved March 22, 2021.
  19. ^ Goldman, Charles (November 11, 2019). "Chiefs send OL Martinas Rankin to IR; sign OT Jackson Barton". Chiefs Wire. USA Today. Retrieved March 22, 2021.
  20. ^ Shook, Nick (February 2, 2020). "Kansas City Chiefs win Super Bowl LIV". NFL.com. Retrieved February 2, 2020.
  21. ^ Williams, Charean (July 31, 2020). "Chiefs place Juan Thornhill, Martinas Rankin on PUP". NBCSports.com. Retrieved August 1, 2020.
  22. ^ "Chiefs Roster Down to NFL-Mandated 53". Chiefs.com. September 5, 2020. Retrieved September 12, 2020.
  23. ^ Goldman, Charles (November 10, 2020). "Chiefs make several transactions on Tuesday". USAToday.com. Retrieved December 16, 2020.
  24. ^ Alper, Josh (November 16, 2020). "Eric Fisher, Mitchell Schwartz go on COVID-19 list". NBCSports.com. Retrieved December 23, 2020.
  25. ^ Goldman, Charles (November 23, 2020). "Chiefs activate OL Martinas Rankin from reserve/COVID-19 list". USAToday.com. Retrieved December 23, 2020.
  26. ^ Williams, Charean (June 17, 2021). "Chiefs cut Martinas Rankin". NBCSports.com. Retrieved June 20, 2021.