2019 NFL Draft Prospect Spotlight: Linwood Banks Jr., Defensive Lineman, Grambling State University
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Justin David Kish: Thank you so much for your time, Linwood. Please tell us about yourself?
Linwood Banks: My name is Linwood Banks Jr I am a 6’ 300-pound lineman from Grambling State University. I grew up in Alexandria, Louisiana. I’m 22 years old and have a 3-year-old son named Kaiden Banks.
Justin David Kish: You played college football at Grambling State University. Tell us about your time at Grambling State?
Linwood Banks: My time at Grambling was really great. I learned many things from the coaches and players. Being at Grambling not only taught me about football but also how to handle business and be prepared for life after college.
Justin David Kish: At Grambling, you wore the jersey #55. Tell us the reason behind #55?
Linwood Banks: I just wanted to be different than any other d lineman. Every other d lineman was in the 90’s I was the only one without those high numbers.
Justin David Kish: During your tenure at Grambling State you were coached by head coach Broderick Fobbs. How did Coach Fobbs and the rest of the Grambling State coaching staff improve you as a player?
Linwood Banks: The coaching staff as a whole pushed and challenged me to be a better player. Coach Todd really taught me more about the game. He taught me sometimes outsmarting a player or knowing what a player would do in certain situations could help you out more in a game rather than getting in a dogfight with them. Coach D helped me a lot in the weight room really getting my technique down and becoming way stronger than I’ve ever been.
Justin David Kish: Grambling State plays in the SWAC of the FCS and you play against tough conference teams like Alabama A&M, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, and Alcorn State. What is one game in your career that really took you to your limits?
Linwood Banks: I would have to say the 2018 SWAC Championship game against Alcorn. I received a thigh contusion right before the third quarter, however, playing through that pain had me exhausted and made me go harder.
Justin David Kish: Being a defensive lineman you played against some of the top offensive linemen in the FBS and FCS. Who was the toughest player you played against in your career?
Linwood Banks: The toughest offensive lineman was Tytus Howard from Alabama State. But toughest player ever was Delance Turner he was a running back from Alcorn State.
Justin David Kish: You created many memories with your teammates but what is one memory that stands out from the rest?
Linwood Banks: It’s two memories that stands out to me the most. Number one is winning the Celebration Bowl. Two, I would have to say myself was my touchdown my senior year.
Justin David Kish: What does it mean to be a Grambling State Tiger?
Linwood Banks: To wear that G on your chest means a lot more than words can explain its self. Some words I could throughout is Family, Pride, and Relentlessness. Everybody can’t be a G-MAN, but those who are knows it’s a lot behind Grambling.
Justin David Kish: You are now shifting your focus on professional football. How are you currently preparing yourself for your upcoming pro day and other pro opportunities?
Linwood Banks: I have signed with Power Sports Group. My agent is Ty Barnes. I’m currently working out at Armed Sports with Derrick Blaylock in Humble, Texas. When January comes around I’ll be switching facilities and working with Mark Hall at Frozen Ropes in Katy, Texas.
Justin David Kish: You are finishing up at the FCS Bowl. What did you learn from the coaches and players in attendance and what teams have you spoke to?
Linwood Banks: The FCS Bowl was amazing, and I’m really happy that I went and enjoyed the experience. The coaches taught me more about different schemes and more techniques. The team I talked to during the bowl was the Jets.
Justin David Kish: What are your pre-draft measurables?
Linwood Banks: 6’0 301lbs 4.95
Justin David Kish: What would your coaches say the type of player you are?
Linwood Banks: My coaches would say I am a funny and hardworking player. They would also say I am a very determined and dependable player.
Justin David Kish: When watching game film what do you look for?
Linwood Banks: When watching film the first thing I look for is back locations. The next thing I look for is how the guards relate to the center. What is their splits, how do they react to each other, and do they help each other out.
Justin David Kish: When looking at your skill set, what are your biggest strengths and what is one area of your game you are improving on?
Linwood Banks: My biggest strength is that I can move off the ball and I use my hands very well. The biggest thing I have to work out is my wrapping off a stunt really just turning around the corner and getting in the play.
Justin David Kish: Name a point in your career where you overcame adversity and what did you learn from the experience?
Linwood Banks: Really just being a walk-on and starting from the bottom. When the coaches don’t really know you so you have to prove your self every day no matter what.
Justin David Kish: Do you have the ability to command the players around you?
Linwood Banks: Yes, I do while on the field I command the D Line telling them the side we are going on or what side doing what stunt, and just making sure players know what time meetings start and making sure everyone is close to happy as can be.
Justin David Kish: How do you stand out from the rest of the other draft-eligible defensive lineman?
Linwood Banks: What separates me from others is my strength and speed. I’m very strong with my hands and can chase down a ball carrier. Also, my IQ is very high, and I take coaching really well no matter what form it is brought up to me.
Justin David Kish: In the next couple of questions I am going to put you on the spot. My first question, if you could compare yourself to any current NFL defensive lineman who would it be and why?
Linwood Banks: I will definitely have to say, Will Sutton. I just watched a lot of film on him and loved the way he balls. I say that because the way i get off the ball and use my hands is similar to his game.
Justin David Kish: My final question, if I was an NFL General Manager why should I draft Linwood Banks?
Linwood Banks: You should draft me because I’m able to do anything that is put in front of me. I will attack it 100% any time of the day no matter what. I’m here to work for the team and give my all and help the team in any way given.