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Zach Banner
Team: USC TrojansHeight: 6-9 Born: 12/25/1993
Position: TWeight: 360 Hometown: Tacoma, Washington
Class-Eligibility: GS-Sr


Scouting Report

OVERVIEW

A three-year starter at USC, Banner helped anchor the Trojans' offensive line the past three seasons at right tackle. After redshirting in 2012, Banner saw action in two games as a reserve offensive tackle in 2013, but injuries kept him sidelined for most of the season. He returned in 2014 and won the starting right tackle job, starting all 13 games.

Banner saw his first action at left tackle in 2015, starting a pair of games on the left side followed by 12 starts at right tackle. He returned for his senior season and started 11 games at right tackle (missed two games due to injury), earning First Team All-Pac 12 honors.

Banner, who is looking to become the first Chamorro player drafted by a NFL team, is a massive human and the goal posts shake when he moves, flashing the power to be a road grader as a run blocker. However, he lacks the foot quickness to consistently hold up in space, especially against quick edge rushers who can beat him in pass protection. With his deficiencies outside, Banner is ideally suited in a phone booth where he can use his body girth, natural strength and mauling play style to create traffic jams inside at guard, redirecting defenders and clearing run lanes.

ANALYSIS

STRENGTHS: Mammoth size with a wide set of shoulders -- average arm length, but humongous wingspan. Doesn't always sustain in his kickslide, but able to engulf rushers and keep them busy with his spacious base, requiring a $20 cab ride to get around him. Slides well for his size, getting out in space to take away second level defenders. Secures down blocks and eliminates bodies in the run game. Generates a powerful surge with heavy hands to latch-and-drive defenders, clearing running room. Moves with fluidity for an athlete that size -- talented basketball player in high school and joined the USC men's basketball team for the 2012-13 season, but didn't see any action. Supportive teammate and vocal leader, who proudly wears the captain "C" on his jersey. NFL bloodlines -- father (Lincoln Kennedy) was a top-10 pick in the 1993 NFL Draft and played 11 seasons at offensive tackle in the NFL, making three Pro Bowls. Three-year starter with 38 starts on his resume.

WEAKNESSES: Bullies with his hands/limbs, but placement is sloppy, negating his ability to control the point of attack. Relies on his upper body to do most of the work and needs to better sink, roll his hips and run his feet at contact. Too content bypassing hand tactics and relying on his shoulder/body. Heavy feet in his kickslide and his upper body gets there before his lower body, leading to balance issues. Labors in pass protection. Struggles to control his momentum mid-shuffle, causing him to be late when mirroring defenders. Not a natural bender and struggles with smaller rushers who are able to dip and leverage underneath him. Wide hands makes him an easy target for holding penalties. High volume of false start penalties on the game tapes studied. Playing weight was often in the 370-380 pound range and his eating habits and conditioning require discipline -- team nutritionist will be his best friend. Played almost exclusively at right tackle in his career, lacking experience on the left side or inside at guard.


Career Defensive Stats

Year Team G Int Yds TDs
2014 USC  13 0
2015 USC  14 0
Career   30 0
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