4 most underhyped Steelers players headed into 2020
Zach Banner came out of the same draft class as Sutton in 2017. He was taken by the Colts in the fourth round.
However, Indianapolis ended up waiving him shortly after the season began and he was picked up by Cleveland. He remained a member of the Browns for the rest of 2017 before being waived and cut in the offseason by both the Browns and Panthers.
In August of 2018, Banner signed with the Steelers and has been a member of the team each of the last two seasons. After spending much of 2018 as a reserve, he made his way into more playing time in 2019.
Banner quickly gathered a following in Pittsburgh last year when he would report eligible throughout games. The roar of the fans was a testament to most Steelers fans’ love of smash-mouth football.
He has the size to play in the NFL, there is no question about that. Banner, is listed at 6’8″ 360 pounds, is a monster of a man.
With the departure of Ramon Foster (retirement) this offseason, there is an open spot on the offensive line in 2020. Matt Feiler currently plays right tackle, but, could possibly slide inside to take the open left guard spot.
If that were to happen, there would be an open competition for the right tackle spot likely between Banner and Chuks Okorafor. Banner could break out in his fourth season and become a solid starting right tackle and no one seems to be talking about it.
If Banner becomes the starter, his size will be put to good use mauling defenders and opening up running lanes. He could be the next diamond in the rough and I know he wants to surprise a lot of people in 2020.