Rounds 6 & 7: Zach Banner, OT, USC and Jordan Morgan, OG, Kutztown
If Gang Green is looking for a massive anchor to develop into the next D’Brickashaw Ferguson, they won’t find one bigger than Zach Banner. The 6-foot-8, 350 pound-plus, USC Left Tackle is the son of former NFL player, Lincoln Kennedy.
As an imposing of figure as there may be in this year’s draft, Banner also brings a leadership quality that is rare to find. While providing protection to Sam Darnold in the Rose Bowl, Banner helped a Trojans offense that would put up 52 points in a stellar come from behind win against Penn State.
Banner’s combine could shoot him up draft boards based on the potential and pedigree he comes from, but if Banner should happen to slide for whatever reason, the Jets should pounce, as his ceiling has no limits.
It seems like year after year, seventh round picks and undrafted players are becoming major components to building a team. The small school player can become the diamond in the rough, as well. Kutztown’s Jordan Morgan could be both.
Morgan was named the best offensive lineman in Division II, and his game is similar to another PSAC Offensive Guard turned NFL All-Pro, New Orleans Saints’ Jahri Evans.