The Houston Texans drafted offensive lineman Martinas Rankin with the Seattle Seahawks third-round draft pick they acquired for trading offensive tackle Duane Brown. Rankin hasn’t had as much success as his other rookie teammates, but its still too early to pass judgment as he missed the majority of training camp and preseason with a foot surgery that kept him from taking important reps.
Rankin still offers a lot of upside as a rookie, but it seems he won’t be in a big role this season unless injuries or if a player regresses in terms of their level of play. Rankin has started three games this season and was part of the Texans first win of the season against the Indianapolis Colts, but that was the last game he played before being benched in favor of Julien Davenport.
Rankin showed in the latter part of the preseason that he has the versatility to move inside and play guard, so Rankin still holds some value to the team as he able to play in other positions besides his primary position. The team drafted him in hopes of having him and Davenport to be the starting tackles of the offense, but Kendall Lamm has really taken a step forward in his development as an offensive tackle and has shown he is more comfortable in the offense than Rankin.