- Jul 26, 2011
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- Detroit, MI
I think with the pick up of Rob Ryan, our chances of picking up Banks if he is there have sky rocketed. Sean Payton also has a history of taking CBs in the 1st and said he thinks CB is a position you have to have depth at. Rob Ryan has picked up a 1st round corner with every NFL team he was a DC (Fabian Washington, Michael Huff (DB), Stanford Routt (early 2nd), Joe Haden, Morris Claiborne). Ryan also runs press man coverage alot and Banks is the best press man corner in the draft and one of the biggest play makers out of 2012. He also won the Jim Thorpe Award which is awarded to the best college defensive back. He has some of the top ball skills in this draft and also has great size and speed. He is 6'2, is very long and plays with immense physicality. One of his best traits is how aggressively he attacks the football in the air. We could take him in the 1st and pick up someone like Brandon Jenkins in the 3rd to challenge Galette and Tez for one of the OLB spot.
Player Comparison: Richard Sherman
2012 Stats: 63 tackles, four interceptions and seven passes broken up
2011 Stats: 54 tackles with three interceptions
2010 Stats: 71 tackles with five interceptions, three sacks, three forced fumbles and nine passes broken
<iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/lmgOKeeiZOU" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" width="560"></iframe>Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State
Height: 6-2. Weight: 185.
Projected 40 Time: 4.44.
Projected Round (2013): 1.
1/31/13: Banks had initially committed to playin the Senior Bowl, but he pulled out due to injury-related reasons. Banks amassed 63 tackles, four interceptions and seven passes broken up in 2012. He averaged 9.8 yards per punt return. He had an excellent game against Auburn with two interceptions. The picks came in the second quarter and helped the Bulldogs pull away from the Tigers.
In the following weeks, Banks had some great games. He had huge performances against Tennessee and Middle Tennessee State, but he injured his knee in the latter.
That injury has lingered, yet Banks has continued to play. The knee seemed to be slowing him down against Alabama and Texas A&M as he wasn't his normal play-making self. Against the Crimson Tide, Banks was part of two coverage breakdowns for scores. On the first breakdown, he was beaten on a go route by Kenny Bell for a 57-yard touchdown. On the second, Banks was in zone and thought he had linebacker help to the inside, but nobody was there and the tight end came wide open for an easy touchdown toss.
The senior didn't record an interception and had only two passes broken up in the final six games after the knee injury.
9/1/12: Banks has been a three-year contributor for the Bulldogs. Playing in the SEC, he is already experienced and battle-tested entering his senior year. Banks had 33 tackles and four interceptions as a freshman, including two pick-sixs against Tim Tebow in a near upset of a No. 1-ranked Florida team.
Banks totaled 54 tackles with three interceptions as a sophomore. He had 71 tackles with five interceptions, three sacks, three forced fumbles and nine passes broken last season.
It wouldn't be surprising if Banks' numbers decline as a senior since teams will probably avoid throwing at him. He has a nice combination of size, speed and athleticism. Banks may fit best in a zone-based system in the NFL.
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