Tennessee Vols linebacker Jeremy Banks, who is heading to the NFL after five seasons in Knoxville, is one of the more polarizing players in recent UT history.

Banks ran into off-the-field trouble in 2019 when he was arrested after police discovered (during a traffic stop) that he had an active warrant for failing to appear in court for driving with a suspended license.

A video of the arrest went viral that showed Banks saying “You don’t wanna be an intern because where I’m from, we shoot at cops. I’m from Memphis, Tennessee”.

Banks was dismissed from the team after the arrest, but he was reinstated to the team the following summer.

Banks didn’t have any major off-the-field issues after returning to the team in 2020.

While on the field, Banks played with high energy and give it everything he had. He wasn’t great in coverage at times, but his effort was never lacking.

A recent seven-round mock draft from DraftCountdown.com has Banks being selected by the Kansas City Chiefs in the sixth round (No. 217 overall) of the 2023 NFL Draft.

I don’t think there’s any doubt that Banks has NFL speed and athleticism. He also has the drive to succeed at the next level. If he can perfect his technique and coverage skills at the next level, he could have a long NFL career ahead of him.

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