The Tennessee Titans added a pair of guards in their undrafted free agent signings, one of which was Iowa product, Cole Banwart.
After red-shirting in 2016, Banwart, who stands at 6-foot-4 and 280 pounds, played at right guard for the Hawkeyes over the next four years, including making all eight starts at the position in 2020.
Of course, the Titans appear set at right guard for the long haul with 2019 third-round pick, Nate Davis, who took a big step forward in 2020, but Banwart could make the team as a reserve or land on the practice squad.
In order to get more information on the Iowa product, we’re taking a look at what scouting reports say about him.
SUMMARY: Cole Banwart was a four-year letterman on the offensive and defensive lines at Highland High School, earning first team All-State honors at left guard. A three-star recruit, he grew up a Hawkeyes fan and shut down his recruitment after Iowa offered him going into his senior year. After working himself into the starting rotation, Banwart missed most of the 2019 season due to a knee injury, but returned healthy in 2020 and had his best season as a senior, playing both guard spots. He uses quick, choppy steps to mirror in confined spaces, showing enough natural strength to weather the momentum of bull rushers. Banwart locates blitzers from distance and looks to control defenders with his hands. He doesn’t have ideal body control as a puller or on the second level and must improve his blocking angles in the run game. Overall, Banwart doesn’t have overwhelming traits, but he is an aware, disciplined blocker with the banger mentality to finish through the whistle.
GRADE: Priority Free Agent
Broadly built guard prospect with slightly top-heavy frame whose body type and playing style are classic Iowa football. He’s compact and brings some pop into his initial contact. His play strength is average and he might need help in dealing with bigger NFL defenders. Despite his length, he allows too many blocks to get away from him during the sustain and finish phases, as he tends to leave his feet behind too frequently. He’ll get beat from time to time by athletic rushers but is adequate in pass protection. He doesn’t stand out in any one area but has potential as a backup interior lineman with center/guard flexibility.
Broad chest and burly lowers.
Good arm length and flexible hips aid in recovery.
Above-average movement talent.
Possesses savvy as outside zone blocker.
Works smoothly from block to block in work-up situations.
Punch has some pop in it.
Stays back in his stance when mirroring in pass pro.
Hard to run through for bull rushers.
Has taken snaps at center.
Missed majority of 2019 due to injury.
Below-average play strength and drive-blocking success.
Plays with outside hands too often.
Struggles to improve positioning for block security.
Narrow power base allows spin moves to beat him.
Gets stuck on twister voiding his gap.
Positives: Strong, hard-working blocker who is best in a small area. Sets with a wide base, keeps his feet moving, and stays square. Fires into blocks, anchors in pass protection, and controls opponents once engaged at the point.
Negatives: Ineffective pulling across the line of scrimmage and blocking in motion. Not a natural knee bender or leverage blocker and is more of an arm wrestler.
Analysis: Banwart possesses solid size as well as growth potential and has shown enough skill to get consideration for a practice squad this fall.
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