Where will Brian Banks End Up?


May 4, 2013; Flowery Branch, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons linebacker Brian Banks (53) runs through a drill at Falcons Rookie Camp at the Falcons Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

First I would like to apologize for not being as available as I would like to.  With some new site renovations, I have had a few problems posting material consistantly.  But non the less, I’m back!

Brian Banks certainly has a good story behind him going into the NFL.  The exonerated linebacker hasn’t been able to play football in nearly 10 years since his high school days.  He was invited to camp for the Seattle Seahawks but didn’t make the final roster.  His dream to become an NFL football player, however, may soon be realized.

Atlanta couldn’t have offered a better opportunity for a player like Brian Banks.  He’s taking over in the camps as a middle linebacker, but what are his chances of making the team?  His chances are pretty high actually.

The depth at linebacker is very thin, especially in the Middle.  Akeem Dent is the sure starter, but behind him was Mike Peterson, who is now retired.  After that there is no known presence.  Pat Schiller was the third man last season, and looked great in the pre-season and Brian Banks has been noted for being able to lead an NFL Defense.

Banks claimed that the physical aspect of the game is not a problem.  He’s in shape and hanging in there with the best of them.  The mental aspect is what he’s working on most.  All the sources I have say he is learning that real fast as well.  He can definitely lead the defense and looks like he can make the plays.

I believe that Brian Banks will at least make the practice squad.  He will be in a steep competition against Pat Schiller for the backup job behind Dent and a lot of that may also be determined on how well each player plays special teams since that is where most of their reps will come in.

Where do you think Brian Banks lands?  Will he make the 53-man roster as the backup?  The practice squad?  Or will he miss making the team at all?