Banks enters Lions den

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 7:32 AM ET

Korey Banks is learning the hard way about the Canadian Football League's rollercoaster existence.

In a matter of days, he went from the league's shakiest franchise to its most solid.

Banks had 10 interceptions, a dozen knockdowns and two forced fumbles in 2005 and suddenly was without a team when the Canadian Football League suspended the ownership orphaned Ottawa Renegades April 9. Lions chose him a week ago in the first round of the dispersal draft.

"It happened fast, it was a shock, but it's soaking in now because I'm here," Banks said yesterday. "I didn't think it would happen. But when it happened I was already prepared mentally I wouldn't be back in Ottawa. It was another shock to end up here."

Banks signed as an undrafted free agent with the Miami Dolphins in 2003, but came north to the Edmonton Eskimos in 2004. He finished the season in Ottawa and garnered defensive player of the week honours twice in 2005.

He'll be competing for a starting job when Lions' training camp opens for veterans April 21 in Abbotsford.

Meanwhile, Lions are gearing up for tomorrow's CFL Canadian player draft. B.C. has the second, fourth and sixth picks overall.


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