From 3-star SEC signee to the NFL Draft: Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State

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SDS will count down the 31 biggest overachievers of the SEC, at least as far as their recruiting rankings go. We’ll take a look at two and three-star prospects coming out of high school who became NFL Draft picks in 2011, 2012 and 2013 … finishing up the end of the month with the five who became first-round draft picks. Find out which stars from your school defied the recruiting rankings coming out of high school.

Here’s a day-by-day ‘month of May’ look at who ignored their recruiting rankings and went on to get drafted in the NFL.

No. 7 – Johnthan Banks, DB, Mississippi State

H.S. RANKING: Three-stars in 2009, No. 63 athlete in America.
NFL DRAFT: 2nd round, No. 43 overall by Tampa Bay in 2013
COLLEGE STATS: In a four-year career, Banks had 221 tackles, 15 interceptions, 11.5 tackles for loss, 41 passes defensed, 4 sacks and 3 defensive touchdowns at Mississippi State.
NFL STATS: Had 55 tackles, 3 interceptions and 6 passes defensed as a rookie in 2013.
THE SKINNY: Banks may be one of the biggest overachievers of the past few seasons, at least based on his recruiting ranking coming out of high school. Playing safety earlier in his college career and cornerback later, Banks eventually went on to win the Jim Thorpe Award for college football, and was a first-team All-American as a senior and all-SEC performer his final two seasons.

Editor’s note: For this particular series, Saturday Down South’s references to recruiting rankings are to’s version, as the industry composite didn’t exist when many of these NFL Draft Picks were coming out of high school. Rivals has ranked high school prospects since 2002.

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