Chicago Bears: Round 4 Ι Pick No. 102 via ATL
Notre Dame grooms offensive lineman for the NFL, plain and simple. The Fighting Irish already have four offensive linemen who are in the 2021 NFL Draft with Liam Eichenberg leading the pack. Although, Aaron Banks may be the best of the bunch.
Banks is an extreme sleeper in this draft class. NFL mocks have him going all over the place from second round to sixth round, but regardless, he is a talented offensive lineman. Banks has the versatility to play anywhere along the offensive line and the ability to do so as well. He played left guard this season but kicked out to left tackle when Eichenberg went down to an injury and he looked extremely impressive.
Banks is an excellent pass protector with a great ability to mirror defensive pass rushers and technique. He’s additionally impressive in the run game as well as he is very good at flipping his hips to open up massive holes. His experience of being a starter for over two full seasons helps greatly as well.
As stated, Banks can play anywhere. He could be an offensive tackle at the next level or an offensive guard. It really depends on where he would start next season. If James Daniels can move to center, Banks should be the starting guard. If the Bears cut Leno and Massie, Banks should shift over to right tackle and Cosmi to left tackle for the time being or vice-versa.