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Johnthan Banks
File:Johnthan Banks.jpg
Banks with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2014
No. 27, 33, 35, 39
Personal information
Born: (1989-10-03) October 3, 1989 (age 32)
Maben, Mississippi
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High school:Maben (MS) East Webster
College:Mississippi State
NFL Draft:2013 / Round: 2 / Pick: 43
Career history
* Tampa Bay Buccaneers ( 2013 2016)
Career highlights and awards
* Jim Thorpe Award (2012)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 5, 2017
Total tackles:146
Pass deflections:17
Forced fumbles:0
Player stats at

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.

Early years

Banks was born in Maben, Mississippi. He attended East Webster High School in Cumberland, where he played safety and quarterback for the East Webster Wolverines high school football team.

Considered a three-star recruit by, Banks was listed as the No. 41 safety in the nation in 2009.[1]

College career

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, and was a first-team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) selection.

Professional career

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.

Pre-draft measureables
Ht WtArm lengthHand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 2 in 186 lb33 78 in9 14 in 4.59 s 1.59 s 2.61 s 4.27 s 6.97 s 34.5 in 10 ft 6 in 10 reps

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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.[2][3]

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.

Detroit Lions

Banks was traded to the Detroit Lions for a seventh round pick on November 1, 2016.[4][5][6] He was released by the Lions on December 3, 2016.[7]

Chicago Bears

On December 5, 2016, Banks was signed by the Bears.[8]

On March 11, 2017, Banks signed a one-year contract with the Bears.[9] He was released on September 2, 2017.[10]

Houston Texans

On September 20, 2017, Banks signed with the Houston Texans.[11] He was released on October 10, 2017.[12]


  1. Johnthan Banks Recruiting Profile
  4. Wesseling, Chris. "Buccaneers cut 2013 second-rounder Johnathan Banks".
  5. Smith, Scott (November 1, 2016). "Bucs Sign RB James, Trade CB Banks".
  6. "Lions sign TE Matthew Mulligan and acquire CB Johnthan Banks via trade". November 1, 2016.
  7. "Lions sign WR TJ Jones to active roster and activate DE Armonty Bryant". December 3, 2016.
  8. Mayer, Larry (December 5, 2016). "Bears add veteran Banks to secondary".
  9. Mayer, Larry (March 11, 2017). "Bears re-sign Banks to one-year deal".
  10. Mayer, Larry (September 2, 2017). "Bears reach NFL’s 53-man roster limit".
  11. "TRANSACTIONS: Texans sign Johnthan Banks". September 20, 2017.
  12. "Transactions: Texans claim Marcus Williams". October 10, 2017.

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