Defensive End Eric Banks, UTSA
I’m telling you – No one saw this coming. Well, defensive line coach Eric Henderson may have, as he had coached Banks in 2016. After all, the struggle for arriving as an undrafted rookie is catching the coach’s eye. In Banks’ case, the defensive line coach knew his life history from the moment he arrived.
Defensive end Eric Banks didn’t produce any crazy stat lines at the University of Texas-San Antonio. In fact, he had only produced 6.5 sacks in his four seasons there. Banks isn’t someone that a lot of people saw coming out of college, and the picture that you see above is the only one that Getty Images has of Davis.
LA Rams are banking on Banks
As you can see, none of that mattered. Banks is on the 53-man roster. He beat out returner Marquise Copeland, so the Rams coaching staff must see some upside. He does have an upside that we can discuss.
Banks appeared in 39 career games at UTSA, collecting 80 tackles, 20.5 for loss. His real strength is in defending the run, something that the Rams felt like they could use. At 6-foot-4 and 270-pounds, Banks can provide some strong run defense if injuries come down the line. Right now, Banks is listed on the depth chart behind Michael Brockers and Morgan Fox. If need be, Banks will provide valuable reps.