Johnathan Banks Scouting Report

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By David Willemssen PFC Draft Writer (@DavidWillemssen)

 

Johnathan Banks came into the 2012 season on the radar of many scouts and college football fans across the nation, and he did not disappoint. Banks would use the 2012 season to win the Jim Thorpe Award while having 59 tackles and 4 ints.  Banks was an all SEC 1st team in 2012 and 2nd team all SEC in 2011. He started nine games as a freshmen at free safety, picking TeBow off twice and returning one to the house.

Strengths:

Banks strengths come from his physical makeup. Banks is a long corner at 6’2 and has 34 inch arms. He is very aggressive at getting to the line of scrimage on screens and run, usually crashing down to get in the mix. He is not one to shy away from taking on a blocker or going in for the tackle. Banks best strength is his aggressiveness.

Weaknesses:

Going into the combine there were questions about his straight line speed and ability to turn and run. He ran a 4.61 40 which is not the typical for a 185 lb corner. Banks has a lot of room to add muscle to his frame and could bulk up to the 200’s and be a physical corner. However, at 185 he needs to be better at running with receivers. He is also tight in his hips which makes it hard to turn and run.

Tools:

As mentioned Banks has a large frame for a corner, standing 6’2. He is also gifted with 34 inch arms. At the combine he posted a 34 1/2 inch vertical making it hard to complete jump balls. At 185 lbs he needs to add weight. Also at the combine he posted an impressive 10’06 broad jump which helps showcase his explosion.

Man Coverage:

Man coverage is where Banks could make a name for himself. He shows his physicality in the run game and does the same when pressing. He uses his long arms to engage quickly and knock receivers off routes. Where he could improve is simply keeping up with fast receivers. He does not get burnt, but there are times where the QB can fit it in over him.  Due to a lack of not elite speed he allows a large cushion making comebacks and curl routes to be completed easier. Yet, when he sees these routes including 90 outs he will make you pay. Either getting a hand on the ball and coming away with it or laying a big hit. Banks does a good job of locating the ball in the air while flipping his head around to cause the deflection.

Zone Coverage:

As a freshmen he started at free safety, coming up with four ints. Banks is disciplined in his zone, but can be caught out of place when dealing with rollouts to his side. Most times he’d stay with the deep TE or WR and let the underneath route be completed. That said he showed a great ability to come off a receiver once the ball was thrown and make the tackle after a short gain.

Tackling and Run Support:

As mentioned very willing to get in the run game. Also was sent on many blitzes and explodes after the ball carrier. As much as he gets around the ball he does not always make the tackle missing from time to time. His technique will need improvement to take down more agile backs.

Ball Skills and Return Game:

Give Banks a shot at ball and he will make you pay. He has very good hands. He can react quickly to a ball coming his way and end up with it. He is also good at the tip drill. In the return game due to his not elite athletic ability you would think he is not much of a return man. Yet he can be a factor returning punts. He shows good ability to find holes in the return game and get what he can out of it. He is also very good returning interceptions all the way to the house. He is a playmaker when in the right position.

Scheme and Draft Projection:

Banks fits either a pressman scheme or a zone scheme. He could be good in either one, but with his aggressive style and body he can become a very good press corner. Before the offseason began Banks was seen as the second best corner by most, after a less than stellar combine still look for Banks to be gone by the end of the first round.

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