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Zach Banner Picked By Indianapolis Colts In 4th Round of 2017 NFL Draft

Apr 29, 2017, 3:41 AM PDT
Jan 2, 2017; Pasadena, CA, USA; USC Trojans offensive tackle Zach Banner (73) reacts during the 103rd Rose Bowl against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Rose Bowl. USC defeated Penn State 52-49 in the highest scoring game in Rose Bowl history. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 2, 2017; Pasadena, CA, USA; USC Trojans offensive tackle Zach Banner (73) reacts during the 103rd Rose Bowl against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Rose Bowl. USC defeated Penn State 52-49 in the highest scoring game in Rose Bowl history. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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USC offensive lineman Zach Banner is now a member of the Indianapolis Colts after they selected him with the No. 137 pick overall in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

The biggest man in the NFL Draft finally has a home. Zach Banner had to wait until Day 3 to hear his name called, but when it came it was the Indianapolis Colts making the pick.

Banner went off with board with pick No. 137 overall to the Colts, becoming the third Trojan to be selected at the 2017 NFL Draft.

The offensive tackle tallied 38 career starts at USC. During his time with the Trojans, Banner twice earned USC’s Offensive Lineman of the Year Award along with two All-Pac-12 first team selections.

He finished off his career with an All-American nod as captain of the 2016 squad.

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Standing 6-foot-9, 360 pounds, Banner’s size served him well at the college level as he cleared the way for USC’s run game.

That size made him an intriguing NFL prospect, but also worked against him as teams wondered where he might fit at the next level being vulnerable to speed rushers off the edge at tackle but perhaps too big to play guard.

Speculation can end for the time being as Banner now has the chance to prove his worth with the Colts.

Banner’s selection adds to USC’s total tally of NFL draft picks. With Adoree’ Jackson taken in the first round and JuJu Smith-Schuster grabbed up in the second, the offensive lineman is the 499th Trojan picked all-time.

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