2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: IOL Aaron Banks

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PROSPECT SUMMARY – AARON BANKS

Aaron Banks projects to the NFL as a quality option along an offensive line. Banks, who is a multi-year starter with the Irish, brings plenty of experience to the pro game and is physically built to last on the interior. Banks offers a wide base, plenty of weight distribution below the waist, and some notable results as a power at the point of attack blocker looking to drive opponents off the line of scrimmage. Banks’ game is not without flaws and his projection will not be a universal one—teams that ask their interior line to play out in space often or play laterally to string out action will find Banks’ resume much less appealing than those that implement vertical climbs and double teams to generate interior lanes and space. The Irish guard does have starter potential; although I would consider his ceiling to be that of a mid-level starter at the pro level and only in specific systems that don’t bank too heavily on zone concepts. 

Ideal Role: Scheme-specific offensive guard. 

Scheme Fit: Man/Gap/Power scheme.

Written by Kyle Crabbs

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Kyle Crabbs

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Kyle Crabbs is the Director of Scouting for The Draft Network. Prior to his time with TDN, Kyle worked for seven years as the founder of his own third-party scouting service, NDT Scouting. Providing media coverage and also consultation services for agencies, Crabbs penned an annual NFL Draft Prospectus featuring 300+ player profiles on an annual basis from 2014-2020. Crabbs is currently the co-host of the Draft Dudes podcast with fellow TDN scout Joe Marino and helps coordinate TDN's national scouting effort.

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