A few year's back, the Bucs were so desperate for cornerback help, they traded for Darrelle Revis and selected Johnthan Banks in the 2nd round of that off-season's draft. While it appeared that Banks was progressing, albeit slowly, that progress seemed halted only by the poor defensive scheme and coaching under Lovie Smith.
Now, it should begin to be setting in that Johnthan Banks might not be that good, and perhaps he could be on a bigger bubble than most people think.
"I think right now we have four guys kind of out in front right now, in no particular order: [Brent] Grimes and [Alterraun] Verner and [Vernon] Hargeaves and Jude [Adjei-Barimah]," Dirk Koetter said after Friday's practice. "And then we’ve got [Johnthan] Banks and Josh Robinson kind of battling for five and six. That’s sort of where we’re at right now.”
Banks is the only Bucs' corner who stands over 6' tall, but not even his height is saving him in a battle from being cut. Most NFL teams won't carry more than 5 cornerbacks, so that would leave Banks or Josh Robinson as one of the corners needing to find a new team at the tail end of the preseason. When you factor in safeties like Chris Conte, Bradley McDougald, Major Wright, 4th round pick Ryan Smith, and Keith Tandy, keeping 6 cornerbacks might not be something the Bucs can afford with their roster constraints.
Watching a majority of the Bucs' practices so far, I can tell you that Johnthan Banks has been nearly invisible. There was a point during Wednesday's practice where neither I nor Roy Cummings could even find Banks on the field. He wasn't with the 1st team. He wasn't with the backups. Banks was finally spotted as a member of the 3rd and 4th team. This is simply not a good sign for the Bucs former 2nd round pick.
Dirk Koetter has shown no sympathy towards Bucs' draft picks. 2014 2nd round pick Austin Seferian-Jenkins has been the target as of late, but Banks is another to add the mix. Koetter has said he wants to and will play the best players on his roster...a formula that tends to work. It appears as if the Bucs' new coach will stick to his word. We'll see if GM Jason Licht will follow that through and cut those players if they are simply not a fit for Koetter moving forward.