Johnthan Banks Scouting Report

Johnthan Banks 2013 NFL Draft

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Prospect: Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State
Height: 6’2″
Weight: 185
Grade: 7.5 (Grading Scale)

Scouting Report

+ Above average height for a cornerback, just about 6’2″
+ Long arms and long torso ideal build to match up vs. the bigger WR at the next level
+ Has some upper-body bulk and is able to absorb contact well
+ Can go up and get the ball, has made a number of “high point” the ball plays
+ Not a burner, but vertical speed appears good enough
– Struggles to bend and get low in his backpedal.
– Not the most sudden athlete, takes him a little long to get in and out of his cuts/breaks
– Lateral quickness is a weakness, can get beat on quick breaking routes

Coverage Skills
+ Has experience and ability to play in wide variety of coverages
+ In zone coverage he closes on receiver and ball quickly
+ Sound tackler once receiver comes into his zone
+ Good zone instincts, anticipates the play and where ball is going
+ Exhibits good press coverage skills, technique needs work but has the tools to be good press corner
+ Aggressive and physical when pressing, will get after WR and try to reroute
+ Good burst when breaking on the play in front of him
+ Matches up well with bigger receivers, uses his length and body to limit catch zone
+ Often baits the QB to throw the ball into his zone by giving cushion
– Not the most fluid corner, lateral quickness and short area quickness just adequate
– Quick WR have success against him, tough to get low and change direction due to height
– Gives too big of a cushion at times, will give up pass in front of him
– Even though he has the size and length, doesn’t always play as physical in coverage as he should

Ball Skills
+ BALLHAWK, makes a number of plays on the ball each game
+ Aggressive in coverage, will take chances jumping and breaking on routes to make the play
+ Uses his long arms to reach around and through the receiver to swat the ball
+ Tracks the ball well and awareness of where he is on the field
+ Playmaker, just one of those DB who always manages to make plays on the ball each game

Run Support
+ Excellent run support cornerback, good run instincts and recognition
+ Experienced blitzer, comes off the edge hard, disguises it well and times the snap
+ Consistently reads running plays quickly and will flow to the ball
+ Throws his body around to make tackles, not afraid of contact
+ Takes good angles in run support
+ Plays inside/out – uses excellent leverage in run support
+ Keeps outside leverage and forces runner into middle to make play
– Over-aggressiveness in run support makes him susceptible to play action and double moves

+ Experienced corner, has played four years and shown improvement each year
+ Has been through the wars in the SEC, has covered some of the best WR in CFB the last four years
+ Special teams value, returned punts throughout his career
+ Some position versatility, started his career at safety and moved to corner
+ Could have entered draft early, opted to return for Senior season

Johnthan Banks is an experienced ballhawking corner who has played against some of the best receivers in the country in the toughest conference. At 6’2″ Banks possesses well above average height for the position to go with long arms. He plays an aggressive style and tries to make a big play whenever he has the chance. He’s a very sound and productive run support corner. Can wrap up and bring down ball carrier and blitz off the corner.

Banks will be a versatile corner at the next level he has experience playing many zone coverages, but has shown enough in press coverage to develop into a decent one if the proper technique is learned. Banks’ quickness, suddenness and change of direction will all be picked apart throughout the draft process. He probably won’t time as good as other corners, but like Casey Hayward last year Banks has a nose for the ball and finds a way to make a big play each game.

He is a consensus top 3-4 corner in this year’s draft and a top 40 pick.

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