Oakland Raiders Sign Undrafted RB Louis Rankin

greg pitschSenior Analyst IApril 29, 2008

After all seven rounds of this year's draft, several college hopefuls are left to be signed as scout players, or maybe make the practice squad. The Oakland Raiders signed one of those undrafted players: University of Washington RB Louis Rankin.

Rankin was a graduate of Lincoln High School in Stockton, CA where he made fans silent as he tore up California's division-one high schools all over the state. He continued his career at the University of Washington, where he didn't see much playing time until his senior year.

In 2007 Rankin rushed for 1,294 yards on 233 carries, taking in six of those for scores.

His most notable game was Nov. 3 against Stanford, in which he carried the ball 36 times for 255 yards, averaging 7.1 yards per carry, only recording one touchdown.

Three weeks later he tore up the University of California for 224 yards on just 21 carries. He also got one touchdown. 

If he were given the ball more often in the red-zone his numbers would have been staggering, but luckily for the Raiders they were not. This led most teams to believe that he was just another mediocre talent.

I saw him play many times and can tell you this kid is special. Hopefully we can retain him as a kick-returner, or keep on the practice squad for a couple years until Fargas is out of gas.