Johnthan Banks: How Will Buccaneers Newest Cornerback Fare in the Pros?
Banks joins a crowded Buccaneers secondary featuring the newly acquired Darrelle Revis, Eric Wright and Leonard Johnson.
Banks was viewed as a potential first-round prospect by some, but I gave him a third-round grade on my big board.
He's listed at 6'2", which is certainly intriguing, but Banks appears to lack the fluid athleticism to develop into a shutdown cornerback in the NFL.
In red-zone situations against possession receivers, Banks could be an asset. However, there will be plenty of matchups in which he lacks the footwork and fluid athleticism to stay with more athletic receivers in the open field.
The Buccaneers were a favorable fantasy matchup in 2012, allowing a league-high 4,758 yards through the air. With the addition of Banks and Revis, that will change in 2013.
Wait and see how the secondary gels before immediately benching guys against the Buccaneers, but their defense is no longer a easy matchup.
Banks is strictly an outside cornerback and will likely start opposite Revis, but he'll have to hold off Wright for the starting job.
Assuming Banks wins the job, Wright and Johnson will then compete for playing time at the nickel corner spot.
However, if Wright wins the starting job opposite Revis, Banks' playing time will be severely limited. He lacks the athleticism to match up with most slot receivers and won't be plugged into that role.
Taking the Revis trade into account, the Bucs essentially spent their first and second picks on cornerbacks. While the secondary was obviously a concern, I simply can't endorse that approach.
It is a very real possibility that Wright wins the starting job opposite Revis, in which case this is essentially a wasted pick in the short term because Banks will struggle to see the field.
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