AFI’s All-Europe Team: Offensive line – Keanu Ebanks, Hamburg Sea Devils

While offensive line was easily the position most debated by AFI’s panel of experts, the voters were all pretty much in agreement that Hamburg Sea Devils left tackle Keanu Ebanks’s impressive season deserved recognition.

Ebanks was an anchor on one of the European League of Football’s best offensive lines as the Sea Devils made it all the way to the inaugural championship game. The long-armed and agile veteran put together used his rare combination of finesse and power required to play tackle at a high level. In addition to his physical traits, the Brit’s technique and aggression made him a perfect fit in any offense.

The 6’6″, 300 pound, 27-year-old Leeds native was named as an ELF All-Star for his strong performance this past season. The season prior, Ebanks was part of the Stockholm Mean Machine’s runner-up season in Sweden Super Serien.

In the 2018 and 2019 seasons, Ebanks played in Germany as a member of the Hildesheim Invaders of the German Football League. With the Invaders, Ebanks transitioned from a physical defensive end to a nimble offensive tackle. His massive size and quick feet stood out catching the eyes of North American scouts as Ebanks was invited to the 2019 NFL International Player Pathway Combine in Cologne, then in the CFL Global Combines in 2020 and 2021.

The Englishman first started playing football at the University of Hull where he quickly fell in love with the game and became team captain and eventually president. He recently signed to be a part of the ELF’s Wroclaw Panthers for the 2022 season.

Read more about Keanu Ebanks football journey here.

Watch Ebanks 2021 ELF highlights here:

Alex is a former professional American football player who is now studying in London. His goal writing for AFI is to stay involved with the game that has given him so much. Alex enjoys covering leagues and players and sharing different football