We continue the insider scouting series today, looking at another potential 2013 NFL Draft prospect for the Miami Dolphins. As always, we turn to the SB Nation blog covering the prospect's college for an insider look.
Today's scouting report moves from the pass rushers of our last two reports back to the secondary. Metal Buliding Dawg over at For Whom the Cowbell Tolls gives us an insider look at Mississippi State cornerback Johnthan Banks.
Height and length are obvious strengths. Has the skillset to be an effective nickel corner or safety in the NFL with added weight. Film from his junior season is most accurate as he spent a lot of his senior season with a nagging injury. Great instincts for the ball and is always in the right place. Solid tackler. These are the qualities that will make the transition to safety smooth for him in the NFL. Would be a great bargain for any team that grabs him later than the first round. No off field issues at all - great kid.
Jesse Bartolis from the New York Giants blog Big Blue View took a look at Banks, breaking down his thoughts on the Giants possibly selecting the 2012 Jim Thorpe Award winner. In his writeup, Bartolis stated:
[Banks] according to most is a consensus top five cornerback prospect in the draft. Because of that it's very possible that he's selected in the top 20 picks. Cornerbacks are at a premium in today's NFL. Banks will offer a team a lot of experience, savvy, and ability to go along with his impressive size and length.
If Banks slides out of the first round, the Dolphins could absolutely consider him with their first pick of the second round, assuming they don't select Dee Milliner, Desmond Trufant, or Xavier Rhodes with the 12th overall pick.
Thank you to Metal Building Dawg for taking the time to give us an insider look at Banks. You can read more about Banks, and all of Mississippi State's athletics at For Whom the Cowbell Tolls.