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Colts Sign Rookie Offensive Lineman Zach Banner

Intro: On Monday, the Colts signed rookie offensive lineman Zach Banner. The USC offensive tackle becomes the fourth 2017 draft pick to sign his rookie deal.


INDIANAPOLIS – The biggest member of the Indianapolis Colts just signed his rookie contract.

On Monday afternoon, the Colts inked fourth-round pick OT-Zach Banner to his first NFL deal.

Banner competed in the team's rookie minicamp this past weekend and is now taking part in the Colts offseason program.

Listed at 360 pounds, Banner says he's now right around 349 pounds. The Colts are hoping to remake the body of Banner as they have the ability to be patient before needing him on the offensive line.

With Banner under contract, the Colts have four draft picks left to sign: S-Malik Hooker, OLB-Tarell Basham, RB-Marlon Mack and DT-Grover Stewart.

Banner, 6-9, 360 pounds, was selected by the Colts in the fourth round (137th overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft. He started 38-of-40 career games along the offensive line at USC at left and right tackle. Banner won USC's Offensive Lineman of the Year Award in 2015 and was the team's Co-Offensive Lineman of the Year in 2016.

In 2016, Banner started 11 games at left tackle as a senior team captain. He was part of an offensive unit that generated 34.4 points per game and 201.1 rushing yards per game. Banner made the 2016 All American first-team, Senior CLASS Award All-American first-team, All-Pac-12 first-team, Phil Steele All-Pac-12 first-team and was among 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award (given to the nation's top senior excelling in community/classroom/character/competition). He started all 14 games (12 at right tackle and two at left tackle) in 2015 en route to being named to the All-Pac-12 first-team, Associated Press All-Pac 12 second-team, Phil Steele's All-Pac-12 second-team and All-American third-team. In 2014, Banner started all 13 games at right tackle and was named to the 2014 College Football News Sophomore All-America honorable mention list. He played in two games as a backup tackle in 2013 before undergoing surgery on both hips. Banner also played on USC's basketball team in 2013, but did not see any action. As a true freshman in 2012, he earned a redshirt.

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