The Kansas City Chiefs have made some surprising and shrewd picks in the 2011 NFL Draft but perhaps their selection of Yale FB shane Bannon was the most surprising and shrewd of them all.
Bannon was totally unknown by NFL teams until just a few weeks ago. At 6’2, 265, Bannon was an athletic FB that nobody knew about until he tagged along for a workout in front of an agent with a Yale teammate.
Bannon (6-2, 265) lined up mostly offset in Yale’s offense, but when he did line up as a true fullback, he was a very physical blocker. He’s also a really strong special teams player.
Bannon was discovered just a few weeks ago, but indirectly.
“Well, him being a Yale guy, he’s (NFL player agent Joe Linta) always trying to help out Yale guys, he was working out one of our defensive ends, Sean Williams, and I kind of was tagging along,” Bannon told FOXSports.com. “We had a mock pro day. He saw I moved pretty well for a player of my size, so he probably was surprised.”
There is a Wall Street Journal article that you can read here that talks a lot about Bannon’s struggle to get noticed by NFL Scouts.
Bannon could be another steal for Pioli in the Chiefs. His athleticism and size makes him a candidate to play FB, TE and HB. This could be a pretty exciting 7th round pick.
What do you think Chiefs fans?