Banks with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2014
|No. 27, 33, 35, 39|
|Born:||October 3, 1989|
|Height:||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight:||185 lb (84 kg)|
|High school:||Maben (MS) East Webster|
|NFL Draft:||2013 / Round: 2 / Pick: 43|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
Johnthan Shuntay Banks (born October 3, 1989) is a former American football cornerback. He played college football at Mississippi State, where he received All-America honors. Banks was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
Banks enrolled in Mississippi State University, where he played for the Mississippi State Bulldogs football team from 2009 to 2012. He compiled 221 tackles, a school record 16 interceptions, four quarterback sacks and four touchdowns. He was originally a safety, but made the switch to cornerback as a sophomore. Following his senior season in 2012, Banks won the Jim Thorpe Award for the top defensive back in college football. He also received first-team All-American honors from the Football Writers Association of America, the Walter Camp Football Foundation, and Scout.com, and was a first-team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) selection.
Prior to the 2013 NFL Draft, Banks was considered one of the best cornerback prospects but after the disappointing NFL combine, most NFL scouts put him as a late first-round or an early second-round pick.
|Height||Weight||Arm length||Hand size||40-yard dash||10-yard split||20-yard split||20-yard shuttle||Three-cone drill||Vertical jump||Broad jump||Bench press|
|6 ft 2 in
|10 ft 6 in
|All values from NFL Combine|
On April 26, 2013, Banks was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the second round (43rd overall) in the 2013 NFL Draft. He was the sixth cornerback taken in the 2013 NFL draft behind Dee Milliner, D. J. Hayden, Desmond Trufant, Xavier Rhodes, and fellow college teammate Darius Slay, respectively. On May 23, 2013, Banks signed his four-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, worth $4.726 million, including a $1.817 million bonus. Banks got his first interception against Carson Palmer and the Arizona Cardinals on September 29, 2013. Despite contracting an MSRA or staph infection, thought to be attributed to unsanitary conditions at the Buccaneers' training facility, it didn't slow him down, and he finished his rookie season with 55 tackles and 3 interceptions.
After training camp and the preseason, Banks was named the starting cornerback opposite Alterraun Verner. The Tampa 2 system installed by head coach Lovie Smith proved to play to Banks' strengths as he notched 50 tackles, 10 passes defensed, and four interceptions for the 2014 season.
On December 5, 2016, Banks was signed by the Bears.