2023 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Deonte Banks





  • Deonte Banks, 6-2/200

  • Cornerback

  • Maryland


  • Deonte Banks Scouting Report
    By Charlie Campbell

    Strengths:
  • Man-to-man cover corner
  • Can run the route to prevent separation
  • Loose hips to turn and run
  • Can play off-man coverage
  • Adept at timing contact
  • Very athletic
  • Flexility to play any scheme, technique
  • Twitchy athleticism
  • Recoverability
  • Burst to close space
  • Drives hard on routes, passes
  • Will get physical
  • Good run defender
  • Willing to tackle




  • Weaknesses:
  • Undisciplined in coverage
  • Can get himself in trouble
  • Not a lot of ball production
  • Season-ending shoulder injury in 2021


  • Summary: In 2019 Banks had a solid freshman debut, recording 28 tackles, an interception and two passes broken up. Maryland only played five games in 2020 due to COVID-19, and Banks put up 11 tackles and a pass breakup over that span. Banks’ 2021 season ended after two games due to a shoulder injury. He came back in 2022 to record 38 tackles, an interception and eight passes broken up.

    Banks is a natural cover corner with speed, height, strength, quick feet, and agility. He is very fluid and does a nice job of running the route with receivers to prevent them from gaining separation. He keeps receivers from coming open and is quick to recover if they get a step. For a big cornerback, Banks has very nice hips to turn and run downfield with speed receivers. He has enough twitchy athleticism to break on the ball and drive down hard on wide receivers.



    Entering the NFL, Banks has to grow more disciplined in coverage. Pro quarterbacks and receivers will test his lack of discipline with double moves, and confusing bunches to see if Banks’ lack of discipline comes back to bite him. Hence, teams feel Banks needs some development.

    Banks also is a willing run defender who will contribute to the ground defense and tackle. He fights off blocks, fires to the ball, and shows nice tackling technique for a corner.

    Banks has the ability to be a starting outside corner at the next level. One AFC director of player personnel told WalterFootball.com they liked Banks. “I like him, but he’s more of a Day 2 prospect for me. There is not a lot of ball production, and he can be undisciplined in coverage. But he has the physical and athletic traits.”

    There are some projections of Banks going in the first round during the 2023 NFL Draft. While that is possible, he probably won’t go lower than Round 2.



    Player Comparison: James Bradberry. Banks reminds me of Bradberry, except Bradberry has better ball skills and showed more of them in college. However, both are big, quick, smooth athletes who can really cover. Bradberry possessed a lot of upside coming out Samford in 2016, and Banks is similar in that regard. Bradberry was a second-round pick, and Banks could be a second-rounder this year in the 2023 NFL Draft.






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