According to reports and Ben Banogu himself, the former TCU pass rusher has a pre-draft visit/workout scheduled with the Denver Broncos.
Banogu said he has visits scheduled with the #Broncos and #Steelers so far— Benton McDonald (@BentonMcD) March 29, 2019
Banogu is a 6’3”. 250lb edge rusher who ran a 4.62 40-time at the NFL Scouting Combine. He has 33 3/8” arms, benched 23 times at the Combine, and also had a 40 inch vertical.
He played a total of three seasons at TCU and was a consistent force for them on the defensive side of the ball. During Banogu’s three-year career, he totaled 156 tackles, 45 tackles for a loss, 20 sacks, and 7 forced fumbles. This past year, he totaled 57 tackles, 18 tackles for a loss, 8.5 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles.
Here is what The Draft Network’s Kyle Crabbs had to say about Banogu in his scouting report on him.
Ben Banogu is one of the most high-upside defenders of this year’s NFL Draft. Banogu has dynamic explosion and he’s got effective change of direction skills as well. Played in a very gap-disciplined defense at TCU, Banogu wasn’t necessarily allowed to roam free as an aggressive pass rusher, which has stunted some of his growth. In a new, more aggressive environment, Banogu could develop in time to be a high impact pass rusher.
The Broncos need to add some pass rushing depth after losing boh Shaquil Barrett and Shane Ray this offseason. 2018 undrafted rookie Jeff Holland is really all they have currently at that position, and while he seems promising, the Broncos need more. Banogu would give the Broncos an athletic pass rusher with upside to groom behind Von Miller and Bradley Chubb.
I personally would love this pick and could see Banogu going anywhere between the third and fourth rounds of the 2019 NFL Draft.