Despite trading for Darrelle Revis last Sunday, the Buccaneers made a clear statement that they want to continue to improve last season's weakest unit, selecting cornerback Johnthan Banks with their second-round selection Friday evening.
At one point this year Mississippi State cornerback Johnthan Banks was battling to be the pre-draft second-rated cornerback being Alabama All-American Dee Milliner. A poor 40-time at the NFL Combine (4.59) and at his pro day (4.51) caused his stock to drop from a potential Top-15 pick. The Buccaneers weren’t scared off by a lack of elite speed, and on Friday night used the 43rd overall pick to take Banks to help improve the NFL's worst secondary in 2012.
Banks was a three-year starter at Mississippi State, spending the last two years at cornerback after starting out at safety. PewterReport.com’s scouting report listed Banks as a supreme playmaker with 26 pass breakups and a whopping 16 interceptions, including three he returned for touchdowns. Banks has incredible hands, great instincts and superb timing to break on balls. He’s tough and works hard, but lacks ideal foot speed, running a disappointing 4.59 time at the combine and a 4.51 time at his pro day.
During his career at Mississippi State Banks recorded 221 tackles (139 solo), four sacks, 11.5 tackles for loss and four fumbles. In addition to his 16 interceptions, Banks had 26 pass deflections in his career.
General manager Mark Dominik and head coach Greg Schiano will meet with the media and PewterReport.com will have more coming soon.
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