David Seigerman

Positional Rankings: Top 10 Cornerbacks

Created on Apr. 13, 2013 10:12 PM EST

JOHNTHAN BANKS, Mississippi State

6-2, 185

Key 2012 Stats: 63 tackles, 4 INT, 11 passes defended. Won Jim Thorpe Award

Like Rhodes, Banks is one of the few top-tier options available to teams looking for the new breed of big corner. But even he doesn’t quite fit the prototype.

Banks is one of the tallest corners on the board, but he’s pretty lean – at 185 pounds, he’s lighter than Tyrann Mathieu and Robert Alford, despite being 4-plus inches taller than both. And his 10 bench press reps at the Combine were six fewer than what Sherman did in Indianapolis when he was coming out,

But Banks is long, with arms (33 7/8 inches) closer to what you’d expect to see on an offensive tackle than his fellow corners. And his skills around the ball are undeniable. With the ball in the air, he looks more like a receiver than the quarterback’s intended target. Banks had 16 career interceptions. And even when he doesn’t make the pick, he often has his hands on the ball and has a knack for stripping it before a receiver can tuck it away for a completion.

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