A potential first-round pick, senior Mississippi State cornerback Johnthan Banks ran a somewhat disappointing 40-yard-dash time (4.61) at the combine last week in Indianapolis. However, he improved upon those numbers at the school's pro day on Wednesday with his 40 times ranging from 4.51 to 4.55, according to Brandon Marcello of the Clarion-Ledger of Jackson, Miss.
Thirty NFL teams were in attendance, but the on-campus workouts were closed to the media.
Last Friday via Twitter, in response to whether he would improve his 40 time, Banks told me, "believe me it'll be much better!!!"
The 2012 Thorpe Award winner, Banks is NFLDraftScout.com's No. 4 cornerback prospect and No. 30 overall player for the 2013 NFL Draft. At 6-foot-2 and 185 pounds with nearly 34-inch arms, he has impressive size for the position with the ballhawking skills to be an impact playmaker in the secondary. There are some questions about whether Banks has the natural fluidity and acceleration to flip his hips and stick with receivers up and down the field, but improved 40-yard-dash times will help alleviate those concerns.
A few other Mississippi State pro day notes from Marcello:
- Cornerback Darius Slay, who led all defensive prospects at the combine with a 4.36 40-yard dash, decided to stand on his results from Indianapolis.
- Defensive tackle Josh Boyd improved his 40-yard dash from 5.14 to 4.98.
- A combine snub, wide receiver Chad Bumphis ran his 40-yard dashes in the “low 4.5 range” and looked good in the other drills.