Ben Banogu

Texas Christian
EDGE

Prospect Info

College
Texas Christian
Hometown
Class
McKinney, TX
r-Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 3"
250 lbs
33 5/8”
Hands
9”

Prospect Grade

5.45
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Indianapolis
Colts
Round 2 ‧ Pick 17
40 Yard Dash
4.62u
Seconds
 
Bench Press
23
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
40.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
134.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.02
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.27
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
--
Seconds
 

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Banogu (pronounced BAN-uh-goo) flew under the recruiting radar a bit despite being a third-team All-State pick in McKinney, Texas. Louisiana-Monroe picked him up, and he wound up on the Sun Belt Conference All-Newcomer squad as a redshirt freshman in 2015 (13 starts, 45 tackles, 14.5 for loss, five sacks). Banogu transferred to TCU in 2016 and sat out the season under transfer rules. In 2017, he excelled with the Horned Frogs, earning first-team All-Big 12 honors and conference Defensive Newcomer of the Year with 49 tackles, 16.5 for loss, and 8.5 sacks. Banogu was a first-team all-conference selection as a senior, posting a team-high 18 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks among his 57 total stops in 13 starts.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 4-5
Overview
Edge player with good athleticism, who could struggle to translate to the next level unless he diversifies his approach as a rusher. His quickness created opportunities with inside moves and twists in college, but NFL tackles will shut and lock that interior door on him until he proves he can threaten them around the corner. Banogu could challenge for a nickel rush position in the future, but he still needs work.
Strengths
  • Potent as slanter with ability to cross-face tackles and penetrate the gap
  • Has foot quickness and agility to alter rush challenges from edge to edge
  • Inside-out move forces tackle to squeeze down, opening tighter outside track
  • Good awareness of pocket depth
  • Has ability to push tackle up the pocket and spin back underneath for pocket access
  • Has agility and quickness to track and corral scramblers
  • Quick to drop and shuffle behind his tackles to tackle runners hitting A-gaps
  • Capable to punch and play off tight end blocks
Weaknesses
  • Predictable pass rusher with affinity for inside moves
  • Has upfield burst but doesn't use it enough to burn the edge
  • Needs to improve hands and implement them into his rush plan
  • Can be controlled by strength in pass rush and run game
  • Stiff punch from long-armed tackle ends his snap
  • Missing base power to set the edge or play through redirect blocks
  • Too many missed tackles due to poor positioning and balance.

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league