Mississippi State Football Has Four Players Selected in the 2018 NFL Draft

STARKVILLE, MS - NOVEMBER 11: Mississippi State Bulldogs mascot Bully shakes his head during the second half of an NCAA football game at Davis Wade Stadium on November 11, 2017 in Starkville, Mississippi. (Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images)
STARKVILLE, MS - NOVEMBER 11: Mississippi State Bulldogs mascot Bully shakes his head during the second half of an NCAA football game at Davis Wade Stadium on November 11, 2017 in Starkville, Mississippi. (Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images) /
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JACKSONVILLE, FL – DECEMBER 30: Martinas Rankin #55 of the Mississippi State Bulldogs blocks against the Louisville Cardinals during the TaxSlayer Bowl at EverBank Field on December 30, 2017 in Jacksonville, Florida. The Bulldogs won 31-27. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FL – DECEMBER 30: Martinas Rankin #55 of the Mississippi State Bulldogs blocks against the Louisville Cardinals during the TaxSlayer Bowl at EverBank Field on December 30, 2017 in Jacksonville, Florida. The Bulldogs won 31-27. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /

The Houston Texans Want Martinas Rankin To Shore Up Their Offensive Line

The Houston Texans have been struggling up front on the offensive line. It looks like they’re turning to Martinas Rankin to come in and fix that. And, as it turns out, they might be relying on him sooner rather than later.

In the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft, with the 80th pick overall, the Houston Texans selected Martinas Rankin. Rankin, more than likely, will play either right or left tackle with the Texans once he arrives in Houston.

Martinas Rankin was solid for Mississippi State over the couple years that he played in Starkville. When he arrived, Rankin didn’t play immediately. In fact, he redshirted his first year at Mississippi State University in 2015, a year that MSU needed some help on the offensive line.

But, in 2016 and 2017, Rankin quickly garnered attention and helped MSU improve up front while he played. Now, he has a chance at continuing his football career as he protects Deshaun Watson and guides the Texans’ running game.