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Johnthan Banks | Defensive Back

Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Age / DOB:  (25) / 10/3/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 185
College: Mississippi State
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New Bucs coach Lovie Smith believes second-year LCB Johnthan Banks is "a great fit for our scheme."
The Bucs are bringing Cover 2 back to Tampa, and Banks fits the bill with plus size (6'2/185) and tackling skills. "We're going to need a couple of six-feet corners now, at least six-plus corners, of course that's Johnthan," said Smith. Banks will start opposite new RCB Alterraun Verner. Verner, Leonard Johnson, and Mike Jenkins are candidates to cover the slot in nickel packages. Wed, May 28, 2014 10:47:00 PM

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Bucs CB Johnthan Banks exited Thursday night's Week 8 game against the Panthers with a hip injury, but later returned.

Banks was taken to the locker room before halftime with a minor hip injury. He was able to return in the second half and is back in the game opposite Darrelle Revis.
Thu, Oct 24, 2013 09:44:00 PM

Bucs CB Johnthan Banks (questionable, MRSA) has been cleared to play for Week 6 against the Eagles.

Banks is the latest Bucs player to contract an MRSA staph infection, but it's been determined that he doesn't pose any risk of transmission to other players. He'll start opposite Darrelle Revis, with Leonard Johnson covering the slot.
Sat, Oct 12, 2013 07:53:00 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports rookie CB Johnthan Banks is the latest Buccaneers player to contract an MRSA staph infection.

Kicker Lawrence Tynes and LG Carl Nicks were the first two Bucs to get infected, and Nicks recently experienced a recurrence of symptoms. Banks, a second-round rookie out of Mississippi State, is now obviously unlikely to play in Week 6 against Philadelphia. He has been Tampa Bay's starting corner opposite Darrelle Revis, with Leonard Johnson covering the slot. Banks recorded ten tackles and one interception over the Bucs' first four games.
Fri, Oct 11, 2013 02:00:00 PM

Second-round rookie Johnthan Banks is now penciled in as the Bucs' No. 2 corner following the trade of Eric Wright to the 49ers.

Banks may even be penned in; the Bucs have precious little depth behind both Banks and Darrelle Revis. 2010 third-rounder Myron Lewis, 2011 seventh-rounder Anthony Gaitor, and 2012 undrafted free agent Leonard Johnson will compete for nickel duties, though none of the three scare opposing offenses. The Bucs can ill afford to lose any corners to injury this preseason.
Fri, Jul 19, 2013 04:58:00 PM

Bucs agreed to terms with No. 43 overall pick CB Johnthan Banks on a four-year contract.

Banks (6-foot-2, 185) is a long, lean ballhawking corner, but he needs to get stronger. He probably would have gone higher in the draft if not for his slow (4.61) forty at the Combine. Banks will see plenty of snaps as a rookie, whether it be as the starting right corner or as the nickel back.
Thu, May 23, 2013 01:15:00 PM

Buccaneers selected Mississippi State CB Johnthan Banks with the No. 43 overall pick.

Banks (6-foot-2, 185) is a lean, long-armed (33 7/8") corner who earned the 2012 Thorpe Award as the nation's top defensive back. (The last four Thorpe winners are Mo Claiborne, Patrick Peterson, Eric Berry, and Malcolm Jenkins.) Banks' stock took a hit when he ran 4.61 at the Combine and managed only 10 bench reps, and his game tape is only above average with a tendency to get beaten deep. It's possible Banks will eventually move to safety in the NFL; he played some safety in the Bulldogs' nickel and dime packages. Initially in Tampa, expect Banks to compete with Eric Wright at right cornerback.
Fri, Apr 26, 2013 07:26:00 PM's Ian Rapoport reports Mississippi State CB Johnthan Banks is "coveted," and a run on cornerbacks is expected early in the second round.

Rapoport adds that the Jaguars -- who hold the first pick of the second round -- "love" Banks, and they are expected to hold onto the pick and go defense with it. Banks' college teammate, Darius Slay, is also expected to come off the board quickly, as well as Boise State's Jamar Taylor. Plenty of teams at the top of the second round are in need of corners.
Fri, Apr 26, 2013 04:09:00 PM's Gil Brandt reports the Jaguars are "leaning" toward taking Mississippi State CB Johnthan Banks with the No. 33 pick.

The Jags have also been connected to Florida International S Johnathan Cyprien, and the gaggle of remaining quarterbacks. We'd suspect rookie Jags GM Dave Caldwell is very open to trading the No. 33 pick, as well.
Fri, Apr 26, 2013 12:12:00 PM

Mississippi State CB Johnthan Banks ran forty-yard dash times of 4.51 and 4.52 at the Bulldogs' Pro Day.

The faster times should help after Banks bombed at the Combine, running a 4.61 to rank 41st among 54 defensive backs in Indy. He also ranked 40th among DBs in the vertical (34") at the Combine. Banks' game tape remains first-round caliber, and NFL Draft insider Tony Pauline passes along "rumors" from the Mississippi State Pro Day that the Patriots are considering Banks late in round one.
Wed, Mar 6, 2013 02:01:00 PM

Mississippi State CB Johnthan Banks ran forty times of 4.59 and 4.64 at the NFL Scouting Combine.

"I feel badly for him because I really like him on tape," observed NFL Network's Mike Mayock. Mayock noted that Joe Haden also ran slow forty times at the Combine, but has turned out alright. Banks will likely run the forty again at the Bulldogs' Pro Day in order to put some better times on record. At this point, though, he's almost certainly out of the top-32 draft mix.
Tue, Feb 26, 2013 10:02:00 AM

Mississippi State CB Johnthan Banks measured 6-foot-2, 185 at Sunday's NFL Scouting Combine weigh-in.

His college listing was spot-on. Banks is a long, lean cornerback who faced the best wide receivers college has to offer in the SEC. Forty times are always crucial for corners' draft slotting, so Banks will have the opportunity to up his stock when the DBs run on Sunday. He's currently a late first-round projection.
Sun, Feb 24, 2013 08:47:00 AM