If you think it’s pure coincidence that Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie cornerback Johnthan Banks dresses in the locker room stall next to Darrelle Revis, think again.

It’s all according to plan.

Revis, a perennial Pro Bowl corner acquired from the Jets in an April trade, is serving as an inspiring mentor for Banks, a second-round draft pick out of Mississippi State.

Banks has emerged from a difficult stretch when completions went sailing over his head into the arms of receivers capitalizing on his inexperience.

“I’ve been doing better every week,’’ said Banks, who has started the past five games at right corner, opposite Revis. “Coaches are putting me in position to succeed and I’m getting more comfortable. My whole mindset, from recognizing formations and learning from my mistakes, is improving.’’

Banks hasn’t heard his name announced over stadium loudspeakers in recent weeks — and that’s not a bad circumstance for an NFL cornerback.

“Now it’d be a really good thing if you started hearing it mentioned for knockdowns and interceptions, right?’’ Bucs coach Greg Schiano said. “Johnthan played every play the other night, and that was big for him.

“I think he’s another one of those rookies who, maybe, is getting over the hump. Part of that is you’re learning more and more football, and how it applies to your opponents.’’

Revis started every game during his 2007 rookie season with the Jets and has been impressed with the ability of Banks to make a smooth transition to the pro level. Banks started eight games during Tampa Bay’s 1-8 getaway, opening the season at nickelback before replacing Leonard Johnson on the right side following the bye week.