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
03/07/13 - 2013 Mississippi State Pro Day: Johnthan Banks has slightly faster 40 at Mississippi State Pro Day...Representatives from 21 NFL teams gathered at Mississippi State’s pro day on March 6, where 18 players worked out. Notable coaches present were New York Giants defensive line coach Robert Nunn, New Orleans Saints defensive backs coach Wesley McGriff and Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio. Johnthan Banks, CB (6-foot-2, 186 pounds) - Banks ran the 40-yard dash in 4.58 and 4.59 seconds, had a 4.28-second short shuttle, and a 34 1/2-inch vertical jump and 10-foot-6 broad jump. While his 40 time was slightly better than the 4.61 seconds he ran at the NFL Scouting Combine, Banks looked good in the positional workout. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
03/06/13 - A potential first-round pick, senior Mississippi State cornerback Johnthan Banks ran a somewhat disappointing 40-yard dash time (4.61) at the combine last week in Indianapolis. However, he improved upon those numbers at the school's pro day on Wednesday with his 40 times ranging from 4.51 to 4.55, according to Brandon Marcello of the Clarion-Ledger. Thirty NFL teams were in attendance at Mississippi State's pro day; however, the on-campus workouts were closed to the media. Last Friday via Twitter, in response to whether or not he would improve his 40-yard dash time, Banks told me, "believe me it'll be much better!!!"
The 2012 Thorpe Award winner, Banks is currently NFLDraftScout.com's No. 4 cornerback prospect and No. 30 overall player for the 2013 NFL Draft. At 6-2 and 185 pounds with nearly 34-inch arms, he has impressive size for the position with the ballhawking skills to be an impact playmaker in the secondary. There are some questions about whether Banks has the natural fluidity and acceleration to flip his hips and stick with receivers up and down the field, but improved 40-yard dash times will help answer those concerns. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
03/04/13 - As an NFL cornerback, confidence is part of the game, but draft prospect Johnthan Banks may be getting ahead of himself. The Mississippi State product says he can cover the NFL’s best wide receiver, the Detroit Lions' Calvin Johnson. Banks was considered a first-round prospect until he ran a 4.61 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine. “I think I can play against anybody. I can own anybody,” Banks told Al.com. “I think I can cover Megatron.”
Banks may need to improve his speed if he hopes to take down Johnson. The Lions WR ran a 4.35 40-yard dash coming out of Georgia Tech in 2007. Banks is known for his physical play on the outside, but Johnson is a mismatch for any defensive back. Banks stands at 6-foot-2, 185 pounds, while Johnson is listed at 6-foot-5, 236 pounds. - FOX Sports
03/01/13 - 2013 NFL PRO DAY DATES TO REMEMBER: March 6 - Mississippi State, Kent State...Mississippi State cornerback Johnthan Banks looked pedestrian in his combine drills, registering a 4.61 40-yard dash and 34-inch vertical jump. He will need to improve those times if he wants to ensure a top-32 selection. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
02/27/13 - 02/27/13 NFL DRAFT SCOUT FALLER: 3. Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State...The consensus top senior cornerback entering the 2012 season, Banks had a good senior season, but missed the Senior Bowl due to a knee injury and needed a strong combine performance to cement his status as a first round prospect. However, his drills on Tuesday left a lot to be desired, running his 40-yard dash in 4.61 seconds while managing just 10 reps on the bench and a 34-inch vertical leap. He has imposing size and length for the position at 6-2 and 185 pounds with 34" arms, but Banks' lack of long speed and transitional quickness are concerns that could knock him out of the top-32 picks. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com