Every day until fall camp begins for Ohio State, we will profile a different Buckeye football player. Today that player is senior cornerback Sevyn Banks. Yesterday it was right tackle Nicholas Petit-Frere. You can find all of the daily Scoop Profiles right here.
No. 7 | Cornerback | 6-1 200 | Senior | Jones High School | Orlando, Florida
How’d He Get Here
Sevyn Banks came to Ohio State from Orlando, Florida where he was a 4-star cornerback prospect at Jones High School. He committed a little over a week after visiting OSU for the 2017 spring game. Banks committed one day after 5-star Georgia defensive end Brenton Cox committed to Ohio State. The Cox commitment didn’t stick, but Banks did. Rated the No. 23 cornerback in the nation and No. 221 player overall, Banks saw time in a handful of games as a true freshman. He was the guy who picked up Chris Olave’s blocked punt against Michigan in 2018 and ran it in for a touchdown, turning a tenuous 8-point third-quarter lead into a 34-19 score. Banks played more as a sophomore behind Jeff Okudah and Damon Arnette, then stepped into a starter’s role last year as a junior. He was named Honorable Mention All-Big Ten last year after finishing with 23 tackles. He also had an interception and a fumble recovery, which he returned 55 yards for a touchdown.
Sevyn Banks missed the better half of spring due to an injury midway through camp. That won’t keep him from being fine for preseason, nor is it likely to keep him from being a starter once again. Banks received mixed reviews for his performance last season, but that’s the case for just about every Buckeye in 2020. It was an incredibly difficult year, so any issues can be written off as pandemic-induced. This year, however, the built-in excuses have been removed and players will need to stand on their own merits. Banks should be better than he was last year, which should also be the case for just about everybody in the Scarlet and Gray.
What to Like
Ohio State has “a type” they like in their cornerbacks — big, long, and fast. Sevyn Banks checks all of those boxes. He’s 6-foot-1 and 200 pounds, which allows him to hold up in press coverage, but also help out against the run. He can turn and run or drop back in a zone and trigger. Last year was a learning experience and Banks will need to put all of the good and bad from last season together and create something special in 2021. The pieces are there.
What’s the Ceiling This Year?
Sevyn Banks’ name is popping up in the first round of just about every 2022 mock draft being released right now. Some Buckeye fans may scoff and ask how this is possible, to which the answer is that Banks has great measurables, is a starting cornerback at Ohio State, and is only going to get better. His ceiling would have him in the discussion as the Big Ten’s best cornerback. There’s some decent competition there, but with Banks having a full season as a starter under his belt and a better understanding of everything he is being asked to do, he shouldn’t be out of place being mentioned among the best. Shaun Wade was a First-Team All-American last year. That’s not out of reach for Banks.
If you happen to start at cornerback at Ohio State at any point in the last decade, chances are you’re going to be drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft. Of the 11 draft eligible cornerbacks who have started for the Buckeyes the last 10 years, seven were selected in the first round. Sevyn Banks has room to get better and he knows it. He is determined to prove himself and will have much better footing to perform than we saw in 2020. The first round may or may not happen, but Banks should have a long career ahead of him at cornerback for the Buckeyes and beyond.