Jbanks #13 Johnthan Banks, CB Miss State

 HT:     6-1               WT:     185

YR:     SR              Pos:     CB

 

Notables

  • 2011 Semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award
  • 2011 – 8 TFL, 3 Sacks, 3 FF, 9 PBU, 5 Ints
  • 2012 Preseason 1st Team All-American (Athlon) & 2nd Team All-American (Phil-Steele)
  • 32 Career Starts before the start of 2012

Pros

  • Good height and length for a corner
  • Great footwork, very smooth and quick coming out of breaks
  • Comfortable in most coverages, although he may have problems in press man in the NFL
  • Knows how to use his hands effectively in coverage
  • A knack for making plays on the ball when he is being thrown at
  • Good pad level and knee bend when transitioning out of breaks
  • Technique is refined
  • When passes are completed on him he brings receivers down quickly not allowing much YAC
  • Played some safety in the past
  • Fierce competitor who steps up when needed
  • Can return kicks

Cons

  • Didn’t see much man to man press coverage on film
  • Struggles to get off of WRs blocks
  • His thin build keeps him from being effectively physical versus bigger Wrs

 Thoughts

Banks plays against the highest collegiate competition in the country and he does so competitively and effectively. I believe the abilities that he shows in the SEC will translate into the NFL. There are some things that he needs to work on which can be improved before draft time. He doesn’t have the overall acceleration and recovery speed that you would like out of a CB but he offsets this deficiency by being very refined in his technique and making very few false steps in coverage. He doesn’t provide much in the run game but isn’t afraid to make a tackle, which may or may not be an issue depending on the defense he plays in. He has the height you won’t in a CB to be able to match up with today’s tall WRs. Overall Banks may be the most polished CB in this year’s draft.

 Watch Banks in action! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqfsNA0QDPg

 

 


 #13 Johnthan Banks, CB Miss State