2010 NFL Combine: Can Brandon Banks Break The 40-Yard Dash Record?

Daniel WolfSenior Writer IFebruary 23, 2010

PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 19:  Brandon Banks #83 of the Kansas State Wildcats returns the ball against the UCLA Bruins at the Rose Bowl on September 19, 2009 in Pasadena, California. UCLA defeated Kansas State 23-9.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Kansas State wide receiver Brandon Banks is coming to the NFL Scouting Combine with a focus to break running back Chris Johnson's 40-yard dash record of 4.24.

Banks is an under-the-radar player coming into the combine and his speed is the driving force behind his preparation to impress scouts and coaches.

"I've been working with my track coach and doing a lot of speed training and working on my quickness," says Banks.

His track coach, Dave Simpson from North Carolina, and Banks have been working together since he was in high school where Banks was named to the 2006 USA TODAY All-USA high school track and field team by posting a 10.22 in the 100-meter dash and a 21.22 in the 200-meter dash.

Banks is smaller for a receiver, since he is officially 5'6 3/4" and 149 pounds, but he plays much bigger than his size shows.

For his collegiate career, Banks caught 123 passes for 1,754 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also returned five kicks for touchdowns and rushed for another as a Wildcat.

Banks is a jack-of-all-trades on the football field just like current San Diego Chargers running back Darren Sproles, who is also a Kansas State alumnus. Both are smaller, but play much bigger on gameday.

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Banks said that the biggest thing he will bring to the combine is his speed.

"I'm shooting for the record and I have been running a 4.25 consistently," says Banks.

Banks says his speed will help any NFL team who is impressed and selects him in the NFL Draft.

"My quickness and elusiveness, my explosiveness and ability to catch the ball and take it the distance," says Banks, will help in teams' decisions.

When Banks was asked what his biggest selling point was when talking with NFL teams is he responded, "I'm a big-time playmaker and explosive playmaker like DeSean Jackson [of the Philadelphia Eagles] and every time I touch the ball I can score."

Banks' representation said that there are several teams currently looking at the receiver.

"20 out of the 32 teams have made contact," says Banks.

If Banks can break Johnson's 40-yard dash record at the combine in Indy, then 32 out of 32 teams may be calling him after the combine ends.

(This was an exclusive interview brought to you by Daniel Wolf.)

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