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Round 2: Johnthan Banks

April 29, 2013 at 02:04am by Scott   •  9 Comments »

This is not a touchdown celebration, this is a catch.
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.

9 Comments to “Round 2: Johnthan Banks”

J. Martin

J. Martin (April 29, 2013 at 09:35am:

Thanks for the write up, Scott.

I’m curious why, if analysts say it takes three years to evaluate a draft class, we don’t see many three-year reviews by these same analysts. It would be nice to see some articles each year on “who really won the draft” three years ago. Anyway, it seems strange to say it takes three years, then never formally come back three years later to grade it. It comes off as a way to downplay someone’s mistakes in draft evaluation. It would be awesome to compare the initial grades with the three-year grades – the perceived impact of a draft with its real impact.

I’m sure there are sites that do this kind of thing. Anyone have suggestions?

Mark S

Mark S (April 29, 2013 at 11:31am:

The only issue I had with the draft was the selection of Glennon in the third round. He would have been available in the fourth and we could have traded up to get either John Jenkins or Hankins (OSU). We get a better tackle prospect and can still take Glennon in the fourth.

Hopefully they are right about Glennon. I live in Raliegh and get to see lots for NC State games. He was not that impressive in college. Lots of bad reads and interceptions.

BaldBuc4055

BaldBuc4055 (April 29, 2013 at 02:41pm:

@J. Martin, cbssports.com does a draft re-grade every year for the draft that happened three years prior. Here’s their recent article re-grading the 2010 draft.

http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/story/22091999/grading-the-nfl-draft—-3-years-later-some-big-hits–and-misses

jarldg

jarldg (April 29, 2013 at 04:55pm:

You spell too well, Scott. Jonathan is the right way to do it. He spells a little bit differently down in Mississippi.

Matt Price

Matt Price (April 29, 2013 at 04:55pm:

I’m totally pleased with this draft. I honestly feel like this team is capable of going deep into the playoffs. I could be nuts, I guess, but this is the first time in years where I feel like (1) we have a strong team with all the parts we need, (2) we have a solid coach who will keep getting better game after game and won’t repeat mistakes, and (3) we’re built for a long run.

I give a ton of credit to Dominik for all of this.

campyone

campyone (April 29, 2013 at 07:01pm:

I’m not upset but I’m not thrilled either. My impression is that we didn’t get any real impact players or even good long-term starters, that we mostly got back-up depth. However, I admittedly don’t know a lot about any of the guys we drafted.

JV

JV (April 29, 2013 at 07:55pm:

@campyone
This draft was a bit of a dud in regards to “splash” players…by name, however, there was some good potential in later rounds wich is were Dominik can shine sometimes. So let’s see….

jampersands

jampersands (April 29, 2013 at 10:31pm:

The Bucs took players at just about every position I wanted, at the same round of the draft where I would have taken them–they just took different guys than I wanted.

Ex:
Rd 2:
Bucs Pick: Jonathan Banks, CB
My Pick: Jamar Taylor, CB

I wish we had grabbed DT John Jenkins from Georgia with the pick we used on Glennon, and then grabbed Landry Jones later in the next round when we took Akeem Spence.

Regardless, I still don’t understand why we drafted Spence instead of just keeping Roy Miller. Pay him just a LITTLE more money and we can use that pick on a decent linebacker. (Although now that I look back, there was a huge gap in linebacker talent between the 2nd and 4-5th rounds, so maybe a bunch of people paid thousands of dollars to know more than me actually know more than me.)

Is anyone concerned about our strong-side linebackers? Casillas and Hayward are career special teamers. Would’ve like to see a higher draft pick at that position.

J. Martin

J. Martin (May 02, 2013 at 12:28pm:

Thanks BaldBuc!

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