Round 2: Johnthan Banks
April 29, 2013 at 02:04am by Scott • 9 Comments »
Now that the draft has been over for a day, I think we have enough data to grade how the Bucs did. Most analysts say they can’t assign a grade to a draft for at least three years, but those people clearly aren’t trying hard enough. Of course, since it’s almost 2:00AM and I really should have turned this computer off hours ago, we’ll just go one pick at a time and sum the whole thing up at the end of the week.
The Bucs’ second-round pick was cornerback Johnthan Banks of Mississippi State. I swore I wrote about Banks in a previous entry, but I just did a search and he doesn’t come up, so I’ll assume it was my early onset dementia. I liked Banks for a couple years and thought he had done enough to warrant a first-round grade. Others didn’t think so, and I think the Bucs got a good value for this pick. And as we discussed last week, they needed another starting-caliber corner. They have enough late-rounders and undrafted free agents in the secondary that they can “groom” if they like, but they really needed someone who could come in and play opposite Darrelle Revis right away. The only knock against him is his speed, and 4.55 is plenty fast enough.
The Bucs still have a couple talented corners who actually have starting experience that can fight for nickel and dime packages in case Ronde Barber doesn’t come back. But a starting secondary of Revis, Banks, Barron and Goldson is a huge improvement over what they had a year ago. They set out to fix the worst pass defense in the league and (at least on paper), they took major steps to doing it. This was a great pick at a good slot for them.