2013 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State

by Cory J. Bonini on April 1, 2013 @ 16:13:57 PDT

 


Mississippi State cornerback Johnthan Banks comes from the most NFL-like conference in college football and brings a rangy skill set to the 2013 NFL Draft.

Banks racked up a school-record 16 interceptions in his four seasons with the Bulldogs. He posted 63 tackles, four interceptions and 11 passes defensed in what was considered a down year as a senior in 2012.

Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State
Experienced and versatile

Strengths

  • Great length at 6-foot-2 with 33 7/8-inch arms and 9 1/4-inch hands
  • Ultra-competitive nature
  • Good ball skills - plays a ball-hawking game
  • Willingly active in run defense - not afraid to mix it up and is a respectable cut tackler
  • Hard worker, great character - a natural team leader
  • Excellent awareness - always seems to know where the ball is
  • Conscious of stripping the ball
  • Former safety - shows versatility in his game
  • Does an amazing job at limiting yardage after the reception
  • Displays impressive concentration in jump-ball situations
  • Special teams experience
  • Played in the SEC versus some of the most talented wide receivers in pro-style offenses in the country

Weaknesses

  • Can be overly confident and aggressive - takes a lot of chances when trying to break on the ball
  • Lanky body at only 185 pounds - needs to add mass without sacrificing speed, which could be a problem
  • Below-average straight-line speed (4.59 40-yard dash time) - lacks recovery speed
  • Struggles in transition out of his backpedal
  • Little experience in press-man coverage

Expected draft placement

Banks' size and range should make him a potential late first-round selection. The Atlanta Falcons (No. 30) and San Francisco 49ers (No. 31) both could use cornerback help. It is unlikely Banks slides past the New York Jets (No. 39) overall.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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