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Colts select USC lineman Zach Banner in fourth round

Offensive lineman Zach Banner gets the call, being drafted in the fourth round, No. 137 overall, by the Colts.

OL Zach Banner

Drafted: Round 4, No. 137

Team: Indianapolis Colt

Bio Info

Tacoma (Wash.) Lakes
6-foot-8, 353 pounds
5.58 second 40
34 7/8-inch arm length
10 3/4-inch hands
23.5-inch vertical jump
92-inch broad jump
5.21 second 20-yard shuffle
8.31 three-cone drill
22 bench press reps

Scout Pre-Draft Rankings

Three-star prospect
No. 10 offensive tackle in the draft
No. 117 overall prospect

Draft Rankings

CBS: No. 122 overall, No. 7 OG
ESPN: No. 114 overall, No. 6 OT No. 17 OT

USC Career

With a mouth as big as his massive frame, Zach Banner will be an unforgettable USC Trojan. Always looking to crack a joke in between cracking defensive linemen's heads, Banner helped chariot USC through the sanctions years and did so most of the time with a smile despite constant criticism about his weight. Banner began his career as a two-sport athlete, practicing with the basketball team after his first fall on campus, but Banner gave up the hoop dream his second year after having to have hip surgery to help his mobility. For the next three seasons, Banner and Chad Wheeler were the Trojans' twin towers at the tackle positions. Banner made 38 career starts and was a two-time All-Pac-12 first team member. He was a Senior CLASS Award All-American first team member.

Where He Fits:

There remain questions about Banner's ability to deal with fast edge rushers on passing downs. He allowed one sack in 2015 and four in 2016. He also committed 24 penalties the last two seasons. But once he gets his hands on defenders they are not going anywhere. He loves when the ball is run behind him, so that he can get out in front and lead the caravan. In the right scheme, he could be successful even if that means a move inside to guard. 

Experts Breakdown:

"Rare size, but some teams will question whether he can bend enough to be a functional NFL guard. As a tackle, he lacks quickness to consistently protect the passer, and teams might focus too heavily on that shortcoming. Teams who focus on Banner's strength -- drive blocking -- should be rewarded with a starting right guard who is average in pass protection, but who can help turn run creases into running lanes." -- Lance Zeirlein,

Banner Says:

"I don't have any off-the-field issues. You don't hear about me cussing out a teacher or you don't hear me having issues with the law. All this type of stuff. The only thing people ever talked about was 'Is his weight too high and can he bend?' Well, I've been able to show that I can bend and get under people last year. I want to put that on film again. I don't want to go to the NFL big and heavy and them thinking that I need to watch my weight. I want to keep it consistently down and stay in shape." -- Zach Banner at Pac-12 Media Days before the season

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