Aaron Banks understands the importance of his job.
The 49ers' second-round pick (No. 48 overall) in the 2021 NFL Draft was very clear about what he brings to the game. Banks is a 6-foot-6, 325 pound offensive guard who is known for bullying defensive lineman on the line of scrimmage and in doing so, protecting the man under center.
“If you can’t protect your quarterback, you can’t win games,” Banks said. “Offensive linemen are at an all time value. Most teams need offensive linemen. We had a saying at Notre Dame ‘The team goes as we go,’ and by ‘we,' I mean the offensive line.”
Banks is known for his physicality and while the Notre Dame lineman prides himself on his ability to dominate on the line, he believes he brings a well-rounded skillset to the table.
“I bring a physicality to the game,” Banks said. “I like to deliver a lot of blows, I like to knock people down. Some people call it head hunting but I look for work. I bring an edge to the offensive line.”
While Banks is not as well known for getting out to the second level, he will add a lot to the 49ers offensive line in pass protection. According to Pro Football Focus, Banks allowed only two sacks and 19 total pressures in 443 true pass sets over three seasons at Notre Dame.
The 49ers have made a huge investment in their future signal caller taking Trey Lance at No. 3 in the 2021 NFL Draft on Thursday. The next most logical move was to protect him which is exactly what they did in drafting Banks.
The rookie lineman joins a very talented group that includes Trent Williams, Alex Mack, Laken Tomlinson and former Notre Dame teammate Mike McGlinchey.