Draft Capsule: CB Johnthan Banks

Draft Capsule: CB Johnthan Banks

April 1, 2013, 10:45 pm
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Mark Strotman

Johnthan Banks (CB), Mississippi State

6-2 | 185 lbs.

2012 Stats:

63 tackles, 4 INT, 7 PD

Projection:

1st Round

Strengths:

Banks has ideal size for the cornerback position, which will help him defend against the growing trend of taller, bigger wide receivers. Does an excellent job finding the ball while staying on his man, and isn't afraid to take a chance if it means potentially forcing a turnover. He also has the capability to return punts. A physical specimen with great size and speed, who can be used all over the field on defense (he played safety as a freshman).

Weaknesses:

Because of his solid athleticism he can tend to get lazy at times, standing upright which--at 6-foot-2--can get him into trouble against faster wide receivers. He does take chances, and at times gets caught peaking in the backfield. He's a solid run defender but could improve some in that area.

Fit for the Bears:

Banks is going to be a starting cornerback in the NFL, and potentially a great one at that. But it's tough to see the Bears committing to and reaching for a cornerback in the first round. Tim Jennings and Charles Tillman are a solid core for the time being, and Kelvin Hayden is a legitimate No. 3. Banks is projected somewhere at the end of the first round to the beginning of the second, so the Bears likely won't have a shot to take him. With more pressing needs, it'd be a stretch to see Banks holding up a a jersey at Halas Hall.