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After spending the past four years giving quarterbacks fits in the SEC, Banks seems poised to make the jump to the NFL. Banks become a starter at free safety at Mississippi State midway through his freshman year in 2009, and took over as a starting cornerback the following year. He finished his career with 221 tackles, 26 passes defensed and tied a school record with 16 interceptions with three being returned for scores. Following his senior season, in which he had 63 tackles and four interceptions returned for 124 yards, Banks received the Jim Thorpe Award, which is given to the best defensive back in college football. Banks seems to have a nose for the football, and with great closing speed he usually finds himself in position to make a play. He has soft hands and a good understanding of where the quarterback is trying to put the ball. Despite being thin, this former safety doesn't shy away from contact. Banks is a violent tackler and excels at shedding a block to stop a running back. Some of the NFL's bigger and more physical receivers could give him problems, especially at the line of scrimmage, but if he can add a little more muscle this might not be an issue. Banks, who also returned punts, averaging 9.6 yards on 30 career returns, plays with a lot of aggressiveness, but rarely finds himself out of position. He seems to have great potential to play in the NFL and will likely be a late first-round or early second-round pick.