Dallas Cowboys: Honing in on draft targets (Deonte Banks, CB)

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Certain players embody the Dallas Cowboys spirit. The Cowboys love potential. They love physical traits that give players a leg up. They love moldable players they can make into NFL players.

While some teams fall head over heels for film, the Dallas Cowboys put an emphasis on projection. The scouting department obviously values film quite a bit. It’s just if a great film player doesn’t fit the size and speed requirements they have a difficult time projecting him to the NFL

Deonte Banks is someone who has a good deal of each quality making him an early favorite for the Dallas Cowboys at Pick 26.

Deonte Banks has the measurements that make NFL front offices drool at the film to back it up. Over 6-foot, nearly 200 pounds, and with 4.36 speed, Banks has the skillset of an elite NFL cornerback.

He has 30 career games of experience he’s a smart player with plays with control and edge. He’s big and physical and willing to play nasty either in the passing game or in the running game (the latter makes him an ideal pairing for Trevon Diggs who often avoids the running game).

Banks has smooth hips that can turn quickly and shadow WR routes on breaks. He can be sticky downfield in trail technique but can also play over the top and in zone. He’s a do-it-all cornerback who can play in multiple schemes and multiple roles.

Banks’ technique isn’t always sound or consistent offering his best route to improvement. His physicality can also get to be too much and he will have to control his contact with WRs at the next level. Overall he’s a player who’s extremely athletic for his build and someone who can be left alone on the outside. He’s a great complement to Trevon Diggs on the Dallas Cowboys because of his run support.

The Dallas Cowboys have a significant need at the cornerback position long-term as well. Diggs and Stephon Gilmore are slated to be free agents in 2024 so finding a new player this year will help protect Dallas from next year. While Diggs is expected to be back, Gilmore is not so finding a replacement now would be far safer than waiting until it all hits the fan in 2024.

The 2023 NFL Draft offer many standout CBs so the Dallas Cowboys should have the position high on their wish list this year.

The main question at hand is whether or not Banks will be on the board when Dallas picks.