Morgan State cornerback Joe Rankin invited to NFL super regional combine, Ravens' local prospects day
By By Aaron Wilson
The Baltimore Sun|
Apr 09, 2014 | 8:27 AM
Morgan State cornerback Joe Rankin is making his bid for the NFL.
Rankin has been invited to the NFL super regional scouting combine at the Detroit Lions' Ford Field this weekend. That follows him competing in an NFL regional combine at the Baltimore Ravens' training facility last month.
He's also been invited to the Ravens' local prospects day on Monday.
"I did enough to get invited, that's the main thing," Rankin said. "It's an exciting moment for myself to create as many opportunities as possible. That's why I went to the regional combine. The way I look at it, the top prospects had the opportunity to go to the NFL scouting combine and have their private Pro Days. As a guy who didn't get invited to the combine in Indianapolis, this an opportunity to show what I can do. I've been blessed enough to do so."
In rainy conditions at his campus Pro Day on Monday, Rankin ran the 40-yard dash in the range of 4.4 to 4.5 seconds and bench pressed 225 pounds 15 times.
"It went well," Rankin said. "The weather conditions weren't that good, but I got good feedback from the scouts. The scouts said I was impressive. I had good footwork."
Rankin performed positional drills for the Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings, Washington Redskins, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Philadelphia Eagles, Lions, San Diego Chargers, Seattle Seahawks, Atlanta Falcons and the Indianapolis Colts. NFL teams like his versatility as someone who can play cornerback, nickel or safety.
Rankin intercepted 13 passes for his career, two shy of matching Joe Fowlkes' school record.
Against Delaware State, Rankin had eight solo tackles, an interception and blocked an extra point and a field goal. He finished the season with 57 tackles, three for losses, three interceptions and a forced fumble.
Rankin has been mentored by former NFL cornerback Shawn Springs.
As a junior, the second-team all-conference selection had five interceptions, 11 pass deflections, 46 tackles and a blocked field goal. He also intercepted three passes as a sophomore.
Rankin played high school football at Seneca Valley, where he intercepted seven passes as a junior and returned three for touchdowns. As a senior, he led the team in rushing and kick return yards
"I'm definitely going to be a hungry player, a team player, a guy who comes in with his working cap on every day ready to learn," Rankin said. "I'm very passionate about the game. It's a lifestyle. It's something I love to do. It's something that I live.
"I'm a true competitor and a real good corner or safety or nickel. I can play anywhere in the back end. I have a knack for the ball. I'm excited to get a chance and opportunity to show what I can do when the ball is in the air."