Jan 01, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Mississippi State Bulldogs defensive back Johnthan Banks (13) warms up before the game against the Northwestern Wildcats in the Gator Bowl at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Select Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State in the 2nd Round of the 2013 NFL Draft: Information and Grades

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have selected Johnthan Banks, cornerback from Mississippi State with the 43rd overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. Banks is the Buccaneers’ first selection in the draft, and provides depth at corner and a potential replacement for Eric Wright going forward.

[Check out a highlight tape of Banks here]

Banks had 139 career tackles, 4 career sacks, and 15 career interceptions at Mississippi State. He returned 3 of those INT’s for scores, and was also a special teams player and return man. He was a team captain and is a very experienced player out of the SEC.

Banks is long and tall, standing 6 feet 2 inches tall. He’s strong and disruptive and is able to press receivers at the line. He also is a playmaker and knows how to get his hands on the football. He’s not the fastest corner in this draft, but he’s fast enough and long enough to cover NFL receivers.

Johnthan is a player I had wanted the Buccaneers to select since early this offseason, but he slid down draft boards and left the spotlight as Xavier Rhodes and D.J. Hayden went up the board ahead of him. But he’s a hard worker, a team leader, and the kind of player Greg Schiano loves.

So what do you think? Give your grade of the pick below:

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I give the pick a solid A. He’s a “Buccaneer Man” who doesn’t have to dominate from day one, but has the size and skills to make an impact in the defensive rotation.

Leave your thoughts in the comment section below, and welcome Johnthan Banks to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers!

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