Friday, June 8, 2012
Brian Banks: Humanity vs. need for 40 time
By Mike Sando
The Brian Banks Tryout Tour could be headed for San Francisco 49ers headquarters after stops in Seattle and San Diego.
The 49ers have inquired, at least.
The human aspects of Banks' story -- wrongly imprisoned, finally exonerated, pursuing his dreams -- are most compelling. Those aspects will become even more compelling if Banks shows teams he's a legitimate linebacker prospect after playing only one season of junior-college ball since his betrayal roughly a decade ago.
Forty-yard times can be overrated when balanced against four seasons of on-field accomplishments at the college level. Banks doesn't have such an on-field resume, however, so his 40-yard time is of greater interest.
Banks told reporters covering the Seahawks that he ran a 40 for Seattle, but he did not know his time. If Banks had blown away Seattle with his speed, I suspect that information would have been part of the discussion by now. He said he has run in the 4.6- to 4.7-second range in the past. That would be fast enough.
Banks is not yet in football shape, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Thursday. That is understandable.
The Seahawks invited Banks to participate in their June 12-14 minicamp on a tryout basis. Banks could have similar opportunities with other teams, although nothing has been set up with the 49ers.
Update: The Chargers did not invite Banks to attend a future camp.