Lions trade future pick for CB Johnthan Banks

Justin Rogers
The Detroit News

The Detroit Lions made a deal before Tuesday's 4 p.m. trade deadline, shipping a 2018 seventh-round draft pick to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for cornerback Johnthan Banks.

The Detroit Lions have traded for Tampa Bay cornerback Johnthan Banks.

A second-round draft pick in 2013, Banks had fallen out of favor in Tampa Bay. He has appeared in five games this season, but has been limited to a special teams role. From 2013-15, he appeared in 45 games, starting 37. He recorded 135 tackles, 16 pass breakups and seven interceptions during that stretch.

Banks is the former college teammate of Lions' cornerback Darius Slay, who was drafted six spots ahead of Banks.

In the final year of his rookie contract, Banks brings elite height and length to Detroit's secondary. He stands 6-foot-2 with nearly 34-inch arms.

The acquisition of Banks is the fourth trade made by rookie general manager Bob Quinn.

In May, Quinn sent a conditional seventh-round pick to the New England Patriots for linebacker Jonathan Bostic. During the preseason, the Lions traded veteran receiver Jeremy Kerley to the San Francisco 49ers for offensive lineman Brandon Thomas. And last week, linebacker Kyle Van Noy was packaged with a seventh-round pick to the Patriots for the team's sixth-round selection in 2017.