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April 26, 2013 @ 6:37 pm
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Bucs Bank On Banks With Second-Round Pick

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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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    WOW any of you ppl that think Banks is a bad pick are stupid. Not only did he win the Thorpe award meaning a lot of experts think he was the best DB in the country, but he single handedly almost shutdown the Gators two different times. I watched it live. A dude named Joe Haden also ran a slow 40 and now hes one of the best in the league. Know what youre talking about before you just talk.
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    I like this pick a lot. I think Banks has a strong chance of beating out Wright for the #2 DB.
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    louden: Apparently you weren't around in 1997 to see the great one look absolutely lost.
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    Yeah, but I don't think Banks is like Barber. Banks actually reminds me of Talib, without all the baggage.
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    Some of you people absolutely amaze me with your constant desire to find fault. Horse continues to bemoan the pass rush but doesn't stop to think that Clayborne and Bowers, our projected starters, didn't play together at all last season. Then again, this is the same guy who declared McCoy a bust. Think those two in the lineup might make a difference? Think wide receivers actually being covered by this completely revamped secondary (two Pro-Bowlers added) might make a difference in the pass rush? Then we have people, who somehow think Banks is "too slow". There was this little short and "slow" (4.53 40) drafted in 1997. He wears # 20. Sometimes quick instincts and technique are better than fast in shorts. This is the Pewter Report not the Pouter Report.
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    @subog: problem with banks is, he doesn´t have those instincts. He gives up big yards (on stop yards) all day long. But he is long and has ball skills - every now and then the QB throws a bad one, or there is a tipped ball, and he´s in great position to pick it. I don´t see it happen very often in the NFL (unless you got good pass rush). That´s why i don´t like the Banks pick. I like Clayborn and Bowers when healthy, but i just don´t see Bowers making a full season, injurys allways happen. And the bucs don´t have great rushers behind them two.
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    Being a Gator fan, I watch all possible SEC games. I think J. Banks has the possibility of being another solid shut-down corner. On the other hand, he could turn into another Myron Lewis, if not coached up well. Reasons I like this pick (like it or not) 1) Picking up Goldson and Revis 2) Rhodes and Trufant were taken, it's OK!! 3) Team Captain (Again!) 4) Jim Thorpe Award Winner 5) All SEC player 6) No severe injuries 7) Mature & stays outta trouble Yeah, horrible pick! Give me a break....
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    ttampa: would you agree there was no NEED to draft Banks and better value in terms of NEED and SKILL connection by picking another player?
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    This draft was screwed when we didn't get a CB in F/A. Who is making these picks? A slow CB and a QB in the THIRD? Next years draft we will need another CB because Wright will not sign and a QB because Freeman will TEST the F/A market and be gone. The 2014 first round selection is a QB and the 2nd round will be CB AGAIN.
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    Kinderrt you are sooo right. Banks can be a goood human being, but he´s not a good CB (just has good hands and size). Shiano pulled these first two picks off and he is not a good HC. He should fire him right now and promote Sullivan, so at least the picks left won´t be screwed by StoneHead Shiano! (i realy was a believer of him at beginning, but it´s obvious he has, at least not enough, clue)
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    Freeman will improve with his 2nd year in the system. If Nicks and Joseph are healthy then watch out. The pressure is on for Freeman. It's playoffs and a good contract or he will lose a ton of money. Time will time. Mike Glennon has an arm but is a project. He can compete next year but won't have chance due to learning a new system and a faster pace NFL. Wright will be gone and drafting Banks was smart. Bucs will probably draft another CB next year in a late round. Revis is a leader and can teach a young corner the ropes.
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    That´s the bucs way.. after one year of great drafting, they are going back to do shiddy picks. what the hell were they thinking by drafting this QB??? Instead of loading the offense with a good TE, or another HB, or looking to build a strong D-line, they shoot themselves in the head (not the first time in bucs history). How does that Dominick Rockstar look like now? Playoffs? PLAYOFFS?! Bucs bound for !@?##
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    WTH are we doing with giving up our 3 rd pick for who????? Moore, Jenkins and truly more players with a lot more upside on board than who??? Just lost my faith in Dominick with that selection. What is he thinking, is this the guy who is going to make Freeman better. He misses more open receivers than Josh does.
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    gg720: you are right, but it was Shiano driven (pretty sure). He´s got connections with Banks coach and wanted to recruit this QB at his college times. Shiano is a StoneHead.. and the FrontOffice was smoking Crack, when they got him (rembember how Chip Kelly turned down in last minute. Shiano just happened to be there..) Sullivan for HC!!!!
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    I think this is a great value pick. I didn't like Banks in the first round because I never thought he was a #1 CB even before the combine. But as a #2 CB I like him. He should be fine in zone coverage, even Cover 3 zone.
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    With our 3rd round pick which was just wasted on a big gamble on a so so QB, I surrender. I just don't get this at all. Very disappointed in this draft. I'm too frustrated to try to figure this out anymore.
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    It's great when the GM, Coach, and fanbase have been on the same page for two seasons now. When ever have us the fans been able to ask out loud for players like a christmas list going back to last year's FA & Draft until now and bam we get who we ask for. For example, we all wanted and needed Vincent Jackson, Carl Nicks, Doug Martin, Lavonte David, Mark Barron, Goldson, REVIS, and now Banks. This is how it should feel to be a fan and I think we all should give a hand to The BUCS Ownership, Front Office & Coach Schiano for at least doing everything they can to try to re-build a winner here. The draft isn't over yet and we could still get some more quality Rookies. Whether or not any of the dratees last year or this year turn out to be anything over time doesn't matter. At least we seem to be improving the overall quality of player that make up the BUCS. There are too many factors to split hairs right now but I as a fan could not be happier to this point and am proud for a change ( it's been a while).
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    amen to that
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    ask Bills fans what happens if we as fans settle down and are happy when the team is not the worst in the NFL. Shiano clearly wasted this draft like it was dog doo-doo. And he´s not a "modern" x´s and o´s strategyst like a Sean Payton.. He´s an small conference coach and it shows this year.. we should get rid of him as long as this team isn´t very bad yet. Promote Sullivan (he already wanted to get out :( i can understand why )
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    I don't see what some of you are so happy talking about we are back, in schiano's style of defense I see him getting burned a lot unless we play Tampa 2 or or some type of zone coverage and we don't have the pass rush for that he won't push around NFL receivers the way he did in college I see another Myron Lewis I would have rather us gotten kawan short to take some of the double teams off of Gerald McCoy who got picked promptly right after by the Panthers now they will have an interior rush instead of us after taking star lotulelei in the first and kawan short in the second now our offensive line has to deal with them twice a year for at least the next four, five years
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    relax man don't forget we got nicks and joseph. it dosent matter who they got sunday we come out and clash on the football field then well see who is the better team that day you gotta have faith. u cant go into a game thinking oh they got this guy and that guy as a player or a fan. be man and say *censored* it lets go.
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    True to that I just wish we would have grabbed better pieces to make our team great and a real headache to any team that opposes us
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    that was pin point XDELGADO
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    Great pick! Screw all the talk about his 40, this guy knows how to play and he's a great teammate too.
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    Kelce in the 3rd round. I like this Banks pick.
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    I think Banks starts opposite Revis week 1. A solid/great secondary is going to greatly improve our pass rush this year. QBs knew they could throw the ball quick and their receiver would be open Dline didn't have the time to get through for tyhe pressure. With the top TEs gone I'd like to see Kelce then run on Dline and LBs. If Ryan is still available in Rd 4, then take him too With injuries, you can never have too many CBs.
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    I thought we swung and missed on not getting Kawann Short and then try and draft Logan Ryan in the third, oh well, I guess time will tell.
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    What once was a weakness is now a strength. Last season, they were 7-9 with the worst pass defense in the NFL. Wow, just think what they can do with an average secondary, let alone this one!!!! Go Bucs!!!
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    Well I know jongruden is happy about picking another CB. We still have a glaring need at the DL position. Right now we still have the worse pass rush in the NFL until proven differently.
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    Horse- obviously you didn't read my post above
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    We are back!!!! Watch out NFL!!!!! GO BUCS !!!!!!! Getting Better!!!!!!!
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