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2017 NFL DRAFT

Johnthan Banks, CB

School: Mississippi State  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Maben, MS
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 185 lbs.
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04/25/2013 - DANE BRUGLER'S FINAL 2013 DRAFT BOARD: 38. CB Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State (6-2, 185, 4SR)...A ballhawking defensive back, Banks has room to tighten his technique and be more consistent. But he has very good height, length and confidence for the position. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

04/25/2013 - ROB RANG'S FINAL 2013 NFL DRAFT BIG BOARD: 50. Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State: Banks ran poorly at the combine (4.61) but has the length, physicality and aggression to be successful in a press scheme. His 16 career interceptions largely against SEC competition should not suddenly be forgotten because of a poor 40-yard dash. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

03/07/2013 - 2013 Mississippi State Pro Day: Johnthan Banks has slightly faster 40 at Mississippi State Pro Day...Representatives from 21 NFL teams gathered at Mississippi State's pro day on March 6, where 18 players worked out. Notable coaches present were New York Giants defensive line coach Robert Nunn, New Orleans Saints defensive backs coach Wesley McGriff and Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio. Johnthan Banks, CB (6-foot-2, 186 pounds) - Banks ran the 40-yard dash in 4.58 and 4.59 seconds, had a 4.28-second short shuttle, and a 34 1/2-inch vertical jump and 10-foot-6 broad jump. While his 40 time was slightly better than the 4.61 seconds he ran at the NFL Scouting Combine, Banks looked good in the positional workout. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

03/06/2013 - 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. Thirty NFL teams were in attendance at Mississippi State's pro day; however, the on-campus workouts were closed to the media. Last Friday via Twitter, in response to whether or not he would improve his 40-yard dash time, Banks told me, "believe me it'll be much better!!!"

The 2012 Thorpe Award winner, Banks is currently NFLDraftScout.com's No. 4 cornerback prospect and No. 30 overall player for the 2013 NFL Draft. At 6-2 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 answer those concerns. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

03/04/2013 - As an NFL cornerback, confidence is part of the game, but draft prospect Johnthan Banks may be getting ahead of himself. The Mississippi State product says he can cover the NFL's best wide receiver, the Detroit Lions' Calvin Johnson. Banks was considered a first-round prospect until he ran a 4.61 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine. "I think I can play against anybody. I can own anybody," Banks told Al.com. "I think I can cover Megatron."

Banks may need to improve his speed if he hopes to take down Johnson. The Lions WR ran a 4.35 40-yard dash coming out of Georgia Tech in 2007. Banks is known for his physical play on the outside, but Johnson is a mismatch for any defensive back. Banks stands at 6-foot-2, 185 pounds, while Johnson is listed at 6-foot-5, 236 pounds. - FOX Sports

03/01/2013 - 2013 NFL PRO DAY DATES TO REMEMBER: March 6 - Mississippi State, Kent State...Mississippi State cornerback Johnthan Banks looked pedestrian in his combine drills, registering a 4.61 40-yard dash and 34-inch vertical jump. He will need to improve those times if he wants to ensure a top-32 selection. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

02/27/2013 - 02/27/13 NFL DRAFT SCOUT FALLER: 3. Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State...The consensus top senior cornerback entering the 2012 season, Banks had a good senior season, but missed the Senior Bowl due to a knee injury and needed a strong combine performance to cement his status as a first round prospect. However, his drills on Tuesday left a lot to be desired, running his 40-yard dash in 4.61 seconds while managing just 10 reps on the bench and a 34-inch vertical leap. He has imposing size and length for the position at 6-2 and 185 pounds with 34" arms, but Banks' lack of long speed and transitional quickness are concerns that could knock him out of the top-32 picks. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

02/20/2013 - 2013 NFL Combine, Most to gain: While Milliner is almost universally regarded as the top cornerback in the class, there are several other long press corners competing to join him in the first round. At 6-1, 185 pounds, Mississippi State's Johnthan Banks has the length scouts are looking for. Perhaps even better, he's a natural ball-hawk with 16 career interceptions. Scouts, however, have reservations about his straight-line speed, too. There are similar concerns for a pair of ACC stars. Florida State's Xavier Rhodes and North Carolina State's David Amerson, the only cornerback in this draft class with more interceptions over his career (18) than Banks, have flashed first round talent and could go a long way towards earning that grade by blazing the track in Indianapolis. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

01/01/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: CB Johnthan Banks may be a finalist for the Thorpe Award, but he has not played at his best in the latter half of the season. He has four interceptions, but not one since Oct. 20. Banks was burned for a couple of long touchdown throws against Ole Miss, but not everything was his fault. The Bulldogs' secondary was experiencing communication issues and if the problems are not corrected before the Gator Bowl, MSU could finish the season losing five of its last six games. - The Sports Xchange

12/26/2012 - Two major award winners were among the 15 players that the Senior Bowl confirmed this afternoon had accepted invitations to play in the 2013 all-star game in Mobile. Wisconsin running back Montee Ball won the Doak Walker Award as the nation's best running back, and Mississippi State cornerback Johnthan Banks received the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation's top defensive back during the 2012 season.

In addition to Banks, today's Senior Bowl list included four other players from the SEC. Georgia defensive tackle John Jenkins, Florida offensive tackle Xavier Nixon and Tennessee guard Dallas Thomas have accepted invitations to play, and the Senior Bowl made an official announcement on Auburn tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen. - Mark Inabinett, Alabama Live

12/16/2012 - 2012 AP ALL-AMERICAN SECOND TEAM: CB - Johnthan Banks, senior, Mississippi State...Banks led the way with nine different All-America accolades, becoming the first consensus All-American in Starkville since Fred Smoot in 2000 and only the third in school history (Johnie Cooks, 1981). - Mississippi State football

12/16/2012 - 2012 WALTER CAMP ALL-AMERICA FIRST TEAM: DB Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State, 6-2 185 Sr., Meben, MS...Banks led the way with nine different All-America accolades, becoming the first consensus All-American in Starkville since Fred Smoot in 2000 and only the third in school history (Johnie Cooks, 1981). The NCAA recognizes a consensus All-American as a player who earns All-America honors from three of the five following media outlets: the Sporting News, American Football Coaches Association, Associated Press, Walter Camp Football Foundation and Football Writers Association of America. - Mississippi State football

12/08/2012 - 2012 ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DB - Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State, has been selected First Team All-Southeastern Conference (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season. All-American defensive back Johnthan Banks was one of seven players in the SEC to be named a unanimous first-team selection by the AP. The senior team captain also picked up first-team honors in a vote by the league coaches. For the season, the Jim Thorpe finalist has tallied 59 tackles, seven pass breakups, four interceptions, 2.0 tackles for loss, a fumble forced and a fumble recovery. - Mississippi State football

12/08/2012 - 2012 ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (MEDIA): CB - Johnthan Banks (Unanimous), Mississippi State, Sr., has been selected First Team All-Southeastern Conference (Media selection) for the 2012 college football season. All-American defensive back Johnthan Banks was one of seven players in the SEC to be named a unanimous first-team selection by the AP. The senior team captain also picked up first-team honors in a vote by the league coaches. For the season, the Jim Thorpe finalist has tallied 59 tackles, seven pass breakups, four interceptions, 2.0 tackles for loss, a fumble forced and a fumble recovery. This past week, Banks was also named to the All-SEC First Team by CBSSports.com. - Mississippi State football

12/07/2012 - 2012 JIM THORPE AWARD WINNER: Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State...Mississippi State All-American defensive back Johnthan Banks was named the 2012 Jim Thorpe Award winner Thursday night at the Atlantic Dance Hall at the Boardwalk Hotel and Resort at Walt Disney World. The award, given annually to the top defensive back in college football, is the first individual national award for an MSU player in the 113-year history of the program. "First of all, it's a blessing from God to be given this opportunity," Banks said. "I want to first thank the Jim Thorpe Association. It's kind of shocking. There are so many great defensive backs in the country and this is all just a dream to me."

Banks, also named a Walter Camp All-American Thursday, took home the award after posting 59 tackles, seven pass breakups, four interceptions, 2.0 tackles for loss, a fumble forced and a fumble recovery in 2012. Among active players in the FBS, the senior team captain ranks first in career interception yards (320), is tied for third with 16 career interceptions, is tied for sixth in interceptions returned for touchdowns (3), ranks eighth in interceptions per game (0.32) and is tied for eighth with 26 career pass breakups. - Mississippi State football

11/21/2012 - 2012 JIM THORPE AWARD FINALIST (NATION'S OUTSTANDING DEFENSIVE BACK): Johnthan Banks (Mississippi State)...A midseason All-American by six different media outlets, Banks is tied for third in the SEC with four interceptions (tied for 13th nationally) and is tied for fifth in the league in passes defended. For the season, the Conerly Trophy finalist has intercepted four passes, forced a fumble, recovered a fumble and broken up six passes.

The first player in school history to be named a semifinalist for the Lott IMPACT Trophy, Banks ranks in the top 10 in the FBS among active players in career interception return yards (1st, 320), career interceptions (T-3rd, 16), interceptions returned for touchdowns (T-6th, 3), interceptions per game (7th, .33) and career pass breakups (8th, 25). - Mississippi State football

10/22/2012 - WEEK 8 SEC OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE: CB JOHNTHAN BANKS (Mississippi State) -- Tied for team-lead with eight tackles with an interception and two pass deflections against Middle Tennessee. - SEC football

09/24/2012 - WEEK 4 SEC OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE: DB JOHNTHAN BANKS (Mississippi State) -- Had three tackles, an interceptions, two pass deflections and a tackle for loss against South Alabama. - SEC football

09/22/2012 - Mississippi State started its season with four straight wins for the first time since 1999, beating South Alabama 30-10 on Saturday night. Tyler Russell completed 13 of 27 passes for 171 yards for the Bulldogs (4-0) while LaDarius Perkins rushed for a team-high 69 yards -- including a 44-yard touchdown run. Nickoe Whitley and Johnthan Banks both had long interception returns that stopped South Alabama drives. It was the 15th career interception for Banks and third this season. The Bulldogs led 20-0 at halftime, giving up just 104 yards at that point. South Alabama (1-3) lost its first game against a Southeastern Conference opponent. C.J. Bennett completed 14 of 26 passes for 154 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Demetre Baker added 49 yards rushing. - AP Sports

09/12/2012 - WEEK 2 JIM THORPE AWARD DEFENSIVE BACK OF THE WEEK: After making several key defensive plays for Mississippi State in their 28-10 win over Auburn, senior cornerback Johnthan Banks (Maben, MS) has been named the Jim Thorpe Defensive Back of the Week. Banks, a Thorpe Award Semi-Finalist from last season recorded six tackles and had two interceptions which played a vital role in the Bulldogs limiting the Auburn offense to minus-two yards passing in the first half and just 216 total yards of offense for the game. Banks' two interceptions now give him 14 for his career, which is tied for the most among active FBS players. - Jim Thorpe Award

09/11/2012 - KEEP AN EYE ON: MSU's defense leads the nation in turnover margin (plus-7) after forcing five turnovers against Auburn. The Bulldogs have picked off five passes in the first two games, strengthening the notion that MSU may have the best secondary in the SEC (140.5 passing yards per game ranks second in the SEC). QUOTE TO NOTE: "We're becoming more multiple. Guys have taken the bibs off and now they're eating like young men." -- Defensive coordinator Chris Wilson, on the growth of his defense following a 28-10 win against Auburn. - The Sports Xchange

09/11/2012 - Johnthan Banks is making the most of his opportunities. Through the first 47 minutes of the Mississippi State University football team's 28-10 victory against Auburn University on Saturday, the senior cornerback was challenged twice. The nominee for the Jim Thorpe Award, which goes to the best defensive back in college football, answered the call each time by intercepting sophomore quarterback Kiehl Frazier. "We've always thought we could compete with people in the SEC, beat people in the SEC, but it feels good to go out there and get a win against someone other than TSUN (University of Mississippi," Banks said Saturday. The statistic is even more impressive when you consider Auburn's offense only challenged Banks three times all day. Banks has allowed only one catch for 21 yards this season. "What you do by intentionally throwing away from a player, even if that player is John Banks, is making yourself one dimensional," MSU defensive coordinator Chris Wilson said Saturday. "By doing that, what we're trying to accomplish is make you beat us with your non-dominant hand. Not challenging somebody is a way for a offense to do it without any effort on our part." In July, Banks spent his Southeastern Conference Media Days appearance trying to convince anybody who would listen to him that he was one of the best cornerbacks in arguably the best league in America. "Did he really say that?" Mullen said Saturday when the topic was brought up. "That's good because he has never lacked for confidence." - Matthew Stevens, The Commercial Dispatch

09/11/2012 - SEC: PLAYERS WHOSE NFL DRAFT STOCK IS RISING - WEEK 2: Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State: Not that he needed more NFL attention, but the 6-foot-2, 185-pound Banks was outstanding in a 28-10 win over Auburn on Saturday. He had two interceptions, and he's now just two shy of the school record of 14 career picks. Banks continues to prove why many consider him the top cover CB in the nation. You can see him next: Saturday at Troy, 7 p.m. ET (ESPN3). - Daniel Lewis, CBSSports.com

09/10/2012 - WEEK 2 OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE: DB JOHNTHAN BANKS (Mississippi State) -- Registered six total tackles and two interceptions in the Bulldogs' 28-10 win against Auburn. - SEC football

09/05/2012 - SCOUTING THE DEFENSE: MSU finished plus-3 in the turnover battle in its opener, but allowed a 93-yard touchdown drive near the end of the first half. The Bulldogs gave up only 265 yards, and the nine points allowed was a nice sign for the defense. CB Darius Slay and LB Matthew Wells each returned interceptions for touchdowns, which helped carry the load for the Bulldogs. Preseason All-American CB Johnthan Banks was thrown at only twice, meaning we've yet to see Banks be tested this season after picking off five passes in 2011. The defensive line helped pave the way for only three tackles for losses, but the play calling wasn't exactly aggressive in the latter half of the game against the Football Championship Subdivision opponent. PLAYERS TO WATCH: CB Johnthan Banks -- The senior will get his shot to prove himself worthy of the preseason All-America honors when he goes against Auburn's go-to receiver, Emory Blake, on Saturday. He picked off a pass and returned it for a touchdown against the Tigers in 2011. - The Sports Xchange

08/30/2012 - Rob Rang's 08/30/12 Top 32 NFL Draft Big Board: 16. Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State: Eight of the 15 defensive backs drafted in the first round since 2010 have come from the SEC. The 6-1, 185-pound Banks looks poised to keep up the tradition. Scouts are always looking for players capable of making game-changing plays. Banks intercepted five passes a season ago and forced three fumbles. He has 12 interceptions over his career, three of which he returned for touchdowns. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

07/21/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (COACHES): AP - Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State, ... ... A 2012 preseason All-American by Phil Steele and Athlon, Banks was named to the first-team defense by the coaches, marking the seventh different time this summer the Maben, Miss., native has been named to a preseason All-SEC first team. The 2012 Bednarik Award and Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List member was also selected to the All-SEC second team as an all-purpose player, his third such preseason honor for his special teams' work. Last season, Lindy's "Best Cover Corner in the SEC" was the only cornerback in the conference to rack up at least 70 tackles and record five interceptions. - Mississippi State football

07/21/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DB - Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State, ... A 2012 preseason All-American by Phil Steele and Athlon, Banks was named to the first-team defense by the coaches, marking the seventh different time this summer the Maben, Miss., native has been named to a preseason All-SEC first team. The 2012 Bednarik Award and Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List member was also selected to the All-SEC second team as an all-purpose player, his third such preseason honor for his special teams' work. Last season, Lindy's "Best Cover Corner in the SEC" was the only cornerback in the conference to rack up at least 70 tackles and record five interceptions. - Mississippi State football

07/21/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (MEDIA): DB Johnthan Banks (81), Mississippi State, Sr., A 2012 preseason All-American by Phil Steele and Athlon, Banks was named to the first-team defense by the coaches, marking the seventh different time this summer the Maben, Miss., native has been named to a preseason All-SEC first team. The 2012 Bednarik Award and Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List member was also selected to the All-SEC second team as an all-purpose player, his third such preseason honor for his special teams' work. Last season, Lindy's "Best Cover Corner in the SEC" was the only cornerback in the conference to rack up at least 70 tackles and record five interceptions. - Mississippi State football

07/21/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON ALL-SEC THIRD TEAM (MEDIA): AP Johnthan Banks (48), Mississippi State, Sr., A 2012 preseason All-American by Phil Steele and Athlon, Banks was named to the first-team defense by the coaches, marking the seventh different time this summer the Maben, Miss., native has been named to a preseason All-SEC first team. The 2012 Bednarik Award and Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List member was also selected to the All-SEC second team as an all-purpose player, his third such preseason honor for his special teams' work. Last season, Lindy's "Best Cover Corner in the SEC" was the only cornerback in the conference to rack up at least 70 tackles and record five interceptions. - Mississippi State football

07/18/2012 - 2012 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State, has been selected to the Preseason Bronko Nagurski Trophy Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season. The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is presented to the National Defensive Player of the Year by the Charlotte Touchdown Club and the Football Writers Association of America. In 2011, Banks became the third player in school history to be named a semifinalist for the prize, joining MSU legends Fred Smoot (finalist in 2000) and Pig Prather (semifinalist in 2001). Last season, Banks racked up 71 tackles, 8.0 tackles for loss, 3.0 sacks and five interceptions on his way to being named to the All-SEC second team by the Associated Press. The Maben, Miss., native was also a finalist for the Conerly Trophy. - Mississippi State football

07/18/2012 - 2012 JIM THORPE AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State CB, Sr., has been selected to the Preseason Jim Thorpe Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented to the best defensive back in college football by the Jim Thorpe Association. In 2011, Banks became the third player in school history to be named a semifinalist for the prize, joining MSU legends Fred Smoot (finalist in 2000) and Pig Prather (semifinalist in 2001). The watch list is the fourth he's appeared on for a major college football award this summer, joining the Bednarik Award Watch List, Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List and Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List. A preseason All-American according to Phil Steele and Athlon, Banks has been named to seven different 2012 preseason All-SEC first teams for his defense, as well as three All-SEC squads for his special teams' ability. Last season, Banks racked up 71 tackles, 8.0 tackles for loss, 3.0 sacks and five interceptions on his way to being named to the All-SEC second team by the Associated Press. The Maben, Miss., native was also a finalist for the Conerly Trophy. - Mississippi State football

07/10/2012 - 2012 BEDNARIK AWARD PRESEASON WATCHLIST: Jonathan Banks, Mississippi State, CB, Sr., has been selected to the preseason Bednarik Award watchlist for the 2012 college football season. The Bednarik Award has been presented to the nation's top defensive player since 1995. A former standout at Penn and with the Philadelphia Eagles, Chuck Bednarik is a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame's Class of 1969 and the NFL Hall of Fame's Class of 1967. The only cornerback in the SEC last year to rack up at least 70 tackles and record five interceptions, Banks was named to the 2011 All-SEC second team by the AP and the All-SEC third team by Phil Steele. The Maben, Miss., native was a finalist for the Conerly Trophy and was a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award. - Mississippi State football

05/07/2012 - 2012 LOTT IMPACT TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State, CB, 6-2, 185 (Maben, Mississippi): Semi-finalist for Thorpe Award...5 interceptions, 71 tackles...As a freshman he intercepted two Tim Tebow passes and returned one for a 100-yard touchdown. - Lott IMPACT Trophy

 
 
LATEST NEWS
04/25/2013 - DANE BRUGLER'S FINAL 2013 DRAFT BOARD: 38. CB Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State (6-2, 185, 4SR)...A ballhawking defensive back, Banks has room to tighten his technique and be more consistent. But he has very good height, length and confidence for the position. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

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