Banking on Banks Might Be Brilliant

The type of players that Howie and the Eagles should be looking for in the later rounds are explosive athletes with upside. Banking on Jeremy Banks might be brilliant. There was more proof last season that late-round picks can be just as valuable to a team’s success as early-round draft picks. Some clear examples of this are; Brock Purdy and Isiah Pacheco. Purdy was the very last pick of last year’s draft, and he led his Niners to the NFC Championship game.

Pacheco was selected in the same round as Purdy, but Pacheco can call himself a Super Bowl Champion. In this past off-season, the Eagles have lost a lot of defensive players, and Howie has replaced them with serviceable players. In the draft, look for Howie, especially in the later rounds, to bring in other defensive players to compete for a starting job. One such young talent that could cash in on day three of the draft is outside linebacker Jeremy Banks.

Who Is Jeremy Banks

Banks went to the University of Tennessee as a running back at first but was later changed over to the outside linebacker position. Banks became a top defender in 2021, leading the Vols with 128 tackles and tying for the team lead with 11.5 tackles for loss with 5.5 sacks (also intercepting a pass and breaking up three others with 13 games, 11 starts). He started eight of 11 contests played in 2022 (53 tackles, 4.5 for loss, four pass breakups), opting out of the Orange Bowl to prepare for the draft.

The Eagles are possibly going to make some trades to move up in some later rounds, but they may trade out of some rounds in order to get more draft capital. With some of this additional capital, the Eagles could select Banks in the sixth round. Banks is a fast and powerful linebacker who ran a 4.53 40-yard dash with bench press reps of 25.  Banks has good twitchy speed to break on the ball and the power to wrap up and tackle opposing receivers or running backs.

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The Bad Part of Banks

One of the glaring weaknesses of Banks is his physical stature. He does not weigh what a typical outside linebacker would weigh. In counter to that concern, it seems like the trend on linebackers is that you are not going to have these super huge players at the linebacker position. Rather you are going to have this hybrid athlete that can keep up with the fastest player on the opposing team’s offense.

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I think that Banks could be a better version of what the Eagles got out of T.J. Edwards. Banks might also start as more of a special teamer and get some reps, maybe on downs where the defense is trying to stop the run. There is no reason why Banks coming from a good defense in the SEC, would thrive as a rotational player in this defense. Bank on Howie getting Banking on Banks.  For more NFL draft coverage, click here

Joe Marks
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