Draft Scout Snapshot: A closer look at the Bucs' picks: Round 2/43 - Johnthan Banks, CB, 6-2, 185, Mississippi State...Banks is a tall, physical cover corner in the Richard Sherman mode that fits well in the Bucs' defensive scheme. He had 16 career interceptions for the Bulldogs, tying a school record and was the Jim Thorpe Award winner in 2012. Will learn a lot playing alongside Darrelle Revis and Dashon Goldson. - The Sports Xchange
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04/28/13 - A closer look at the Bucs' picks: Round 2/43 - Johnthan Banks, CB, 6-2, 185, Mississippi State...Banks is a tall, physical cover corner in the Richard Sherman mode that fits well in the Bucs' defensive scheme. He had 16 career interceptions for the Bulldogs, tying a school record and was the Jim Thorpe Award winner in 2012. Will learn a lot playing alongside Darrelle Revis and Dashon Goldson. - The Sports Xchange
04/28/13 - The Bucs addressed critical needs Friday - continuing to patch a leaky secondary and create an alternative and competition for quarterback Josh Freeman. With the 11th pick in the second round (43rd overall), the Bucs selected Mississippi State cornerback Johnthan Banks. Then in the third round (73rd), Tampa Bay took North Carolina State's Mike Glennon - only the third quarterback to come off the board behind Florida State's EJ Manuel (Buffalo) and West Virginia's Geno Smith, who went to the Jets in the second round Friday.
The 6-2, 185-pound Banks thought his chances of landing with the Bucs had evaporated after learning of the trade for Darrelle Revis on Sunday. But the Jim Thorpe award winner as the nation's top defensive back simply became the latest piece in the team's attempt to retool the worst pass defense in the NFL last season.
"I didn't think they would pick a corner after taking Darrelle Revis," Banks said. "That's where I wanted to go, like forever. They kind of hurt my feelings when they picked up Revis but I'm glad they picked him up now because I get to play with him. But it's just a blessing to play with those guys: Revis, Dashon Goldson, Mark Barron -- those types of guys. Oh, wow, I'm just stunned right now. It's a blessing." - The Sports Xchange
04/28/13 - Banks likely fell in the draft became of his poor time of 4.6 in the 40-yard dash at the combine. But what he lacks in speed, he has more than compensated for with leadership and ball skills. His 16 career interceptions tied a school record. "Are you concerned about the deep speed? No," general manager Mark Dominik said. "Because you love the length of the player, you love the ball skills. He had to push and shove and run when he needed to get into position and he did a great job with that. That probably helped us get him at 43."
Banks would likely project as a nickel cornerback as a rookie, with veteran Eric Wright moving inside in the slot when opponents go to three-receiver sets. He's the cherry on top for the Bucs, who signed Goldson, the 49ers' Pro-Bowl free agent, re-signed Wright to a restructured contract and traded for Revis. We felt like we've improved the entire talent of that position and obviously that was a key focus for us as an organization," Dominik said. "We've increased the size, physicality and ball skills, also. We're very excited about what our secondary looks like." - The Sports Xchange
04/25/13 - DANE BRUGLER'S FINAL 2013 DRAFT BOARD: 38. CB Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State (6-2, 185, 4SR)...A ballhawking defensive back, Banks has room to tighten his technique and be more consistent. But he has very good height, length and confidence for the position. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
04/25/13 - ROB RANG'S FINAL 2013 NFL DRAFT BIG BOARD: 50. Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State: Banks ran poorly at the combine (4.61) but has the length, physicality and aggression to be successful in a press scheme. His 16 career interceptions largely against SEC competition should not suddenly be forgotten because of a poor 40-yard dash. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com