Sevyn Banks NFL 2021 Draft Report

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  • POSITION / CORNERBACK
  • HEIGHT / 6’1”
  • WEIGHT / 203 LBS
  • COLLEGE / OHIO STATE
  • CLASS / SENIOR
  • NFL COMPARISON / FABIAN MOREAU
  • GAMES WATCHED / AT INDIANA (2021), HOME MARYLAND (2021),
    HOME PENN STATE (2021), HOME PURDUE (2021), AT PENN
    STATE (2020), AT MICHIGAN STATE (2020), NEUTRAL SITE
    ALABAMA (2020), NEUTRAL SITE CLEMSON (2020).
OSU vs. Indiana University, November 21, 2020
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STRENGTHS: Sevyn Banks stands at 6’1 and 203 lb. Banks is loaded, with NFL prototype size, arm length, and athletic traits, with intriguing upside. Possess the top-end speed to keep himself in the hip pocket of a receiver, with the quick-twitch. He has a long stride and covers a lot of ground with exceptional reach to contest at various catch points. The cornerback played as an off-man/zone coverage corner in the Buckeyes system, but he does have the physical tools to become a decent bump and run player on the outside at the next level. Good initial burst out of brakes, ability to mirror, and reliable recovery speed are three attributes that keep this possibility open.

Very fluid when converting from backpedal to sprint and tracking the deep pass. He will usually place his hands in a great position to distract the catch. While he is not the best in run support, he does have the requisite size, range, and short-area quickness to evolve into a dependable run defender at the position. Former four Star recruit that turned into a 4-year contributor on one of the winningest programs in college football.

Ohio State cornerback Sevyn Banks runs a pass-catching drill in preseason practice prior to the 2020 season. The junior is expected to challenge for the open outside cornerback starting position.
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AREAS OF WORK: Lacks physicality; a desire to sell out on plays is alarming on film. The last man to the pile is never the first. Seldomly wraps up in contact with the ball carrier. He takes too many false steps and second-guesses in-run support. Misdiagnoses in pursuit too often, and his lack of physicality also materialize in his pass defense. Despite having tangible measurables, he very rarely plays aggressively through the ball. Gets out jumped on catches and ball skills, and play recognition is not where you would expect them to be. Banks struggle to track the football downfield; over his shoulder.

Occasionally takes poor angles after physically doing everything correctly; gives up soft catches. When playing against physical receivers, he can get bodied and boxed out at the catch point. Tentative in pursuit and doesn’t show the necessary fight to disengage from blockers. Banks played for four years; struggled to receive snaps regularly. Statistically, he wasn’t productive over his time spent at Ohio State and only played in four games in 2021.

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