These days, most draft analysts have the New England Patriots taking a cornerback with their first-round pick, and that cornerback usually ends up being either Mississippi State Bulldogs star Johnthan Banks or Washington Huskies alumnus Desmond Trufant. In this week’s 2013 NFL Mock Draft on the FanSided.com main page done by Josh Sanchez, the New England Patriots to Johnthan Banks.
Tony Pauline mentioned a few weeks ago that the Patriots were rumored to be heavily interested in Banks, and it seems like a great fit for the Pats. Banks has fallen from being regarded as the second best CB in the draft to being the fourth CB taken off the board. That’s because Banks turned in a poor forty time at the 2013 NFL Combine, but Banks has terrific coverage skills and fits the mold of a big corner in press coverage- the type of CB that Bill Belichick likes.
Overall, I really like the pick here to go with Banks, especially since all the good wide receivers were already off the board (I hope that doesn’t happen). Justin Hunter wisely went to the Houston Texans, the St. Louis Rams stole Keenan Allen with their second pick in the first round, and the Minnesota Vikings gave Christian Ponder a weapon in the mock by selecting Clemson’s DeAndre Hopkins.
Banks was the best pick available for the Pats, and the only other players I could have seen them taking of the three first-rounders selected behind the Pats are Florida State’s Tank Carradine (low chance) and LSU’s safety standout Eric Reid. Banks is a much better pick than Reid, because the Pats have a bigger need at corner after signing Adrian Wilson, and Banks is also the better prospect.
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