49ers roster: 3 players who are already in Kyle Shanahan’s doghouse in 2021

Brandon Aiyuk #11 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Aaron Banks, San Francisco 49ers
Aaron Banks #65 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /

No. 3: 49ers Offensive Lineman Aaron Banks

There is plenty of disappointment in rookie right guard Aaron Banks so far this season already, but it’s time to reiterate the point once again.

The 49ers passed on a seeming superstar rookie cornerback in Asante Samuel Jr. for Banks in this year’s NFL Draft when they selected the former Notre Dame standout in the middle of the second round. It might have prompted a little shock at the moment, but it was understood one of the team’s biggest needs was to bolster the right side of the offensive line, so it made sense even if grabbing Banks wasn’t a glamorous pick.

Fast forward about six months, and Banks hasn’t even been active for a single game so far this season. Sure he got hurt in the preseason, but it should be almost expected a right guard drafted in the second round is at least fighting for a starting spot, let alone be on the gameday roster.

Banks has clearly failed to impress the coaching staff and has already cemented himself as a potential bust. Kyle Shanahan clearly feels Banks is nowhere close to ready to even be considered a backup option on Sundays, so you can only imagine how far away the team feels he is from being ready to contribute to this team.

Banks has sadly cemented himself as a member of the Shanahan doghouse and will have to do a lot in practice to try and show everyone why the Niners even selected him so high in this year’s draft.

I have my doubts Banks will even play this season, but I hope he can turn things around and impress Shanahan and Co.