By now you’re likely familiar with the tale of Brian Banks. At one point in time Banks was a promising prospect out of the SoCal football factory that is Long Beach Poly. Now he’s trying to pick up the pieces and continue a football career that was interrupted by the most heartbreaking of circumstances.
As one of the great readers of JBB pointed out last month the Raiders might want to give Banks a looksee. The once highly recruited middle linebacker has been making the rounds, working out for various teams and his next stop will be in the Bay. PFT reports that the 49ers will work out Banks on Monday.
So, with the Raiders preparing for an uncertain future with Rolando McClain the question begs to be asked. Should the Raiders bring in Banks to see if there’s anything to work with?
According to those that have seen Banks in action he’s still got the game and it’s his conditioning that’s lacking as you might expect. Of course the odds of Banks being able to help an NFL team anytime soon are very long. He’s been out of football for a decade and has never played at the collegiate level let alone anything close to pro ball. At 26 Banks isn’t old but he’d come into the NFL fighting an uphill battle.
26-year-old rookies are pretty rare and typically at that age guys are entering their prime. For Banks his best days wouldn’t likely occur until spending two or three years adjusting to and learning the league. No matter how you slice he’s a project player but that could be ideal for Oakland. Reggie McKenzie is building his team his way and part of that process is simply seeing what works and what doesn’t. Plus Banks would be a low-risk investment with the potential for high-reward.
In all likelihood Banks is bound for a practice squad if he gets an offer and is good enough coming out of camp. That’s not going to help the Raiders in the immediate future and hoping Banks can be a quality contributor before the age of 30 is another obstacle to overcome.
His story might not include a chapter written in Oakland but for Banks this is just the beginning. No matter what his football future holds Brian Banks has already overcome an ordeal many would not endure. Making an NFL roster is pretty trivial at this point but it would be the perfect way to punctuate this amazing story.