Ron Brooks, CB, LSU
40 Time: 4.35
Grade: 6.7 (Grading Scale):
Arms: 30 5/8 Hands: 9″
Vertical: 38″ Broad: 10′ 3 Cone: 7.16 Bench: 12
Strengths: Naturally athletic and versatile defensive back prospect, was the 5th defensive back on the vaunted LSU pass defensive – Elite athlete, was recruited to LSU as a WR – Brooks is a player who is still improving and got better each year in college – Majority of snaps came in Nickel and Dime packages – Has experience covering the slot and even saw some time at the FS position – Has great top end speed, posted a 4.35 forty at the combine – Aggressive and tenacious blitzer off the edge, has no hesitation when asked to blitz – Brooks is a big hitter and good tackler – Willing to tackle bigger players, and makes tackles at full speed, no hesitation to hit – Plays with a fire and intensity, fearless – Exhibits good instincts and awareness while in coverage – In zone coverage, Brooks shows the ability to make quick and decisive decisions – Can undercut a route and beat WR to a spot – Despite not being a full time starter Brooks finds a way to force turnovers and make big plays – Finds the ball in the air, makes plays on the ball and not the man – Was asked to learn each defensive back position at LSU, had to step in and start at various positions due to injury and suspensions – Might be the best gunner in the draft – Gets off the jam and is routinely the first player down field on punt coverage, makes the tackle almost every time he gets there.
Weaknesses: Wasn’t able to break into the starting rotation at LSU, question remains if the other players were more talented or if there were bigger area of concerns – Really only made contributions on defense his last two seasons at LSU – Does tend to get sucked up by play action and pump fakes – Not as fluid as other CB – Over aggressive at times and has to chase to get back into the play – Technique in coverage needs work – Right now Brooks played a hybrid role in the LSU defense and there is still some difference of opinion over what his role will be in the NFL, some teams like him as a free safety – Might not have the instincts or the quick change of direction to play in the slot – Despite running one of the best forties at the combine his short shuttle time of 4.50 was one of the worst for a DB, which raises questions about his ability to start, stop and change direction
Brooks is a player whose stock is rising quickly. His ability to play multiple positions in the NFL as well as contribute on special teams are extremely attractive to NFL teams. Brooks has proved through post season workouts that he is one of the best natural athletes in the draft. I personally think Brooks would be a very nice fit at FS and play CB in certain situations. At the very least Brooks will be able to contribute immediately on special teams and work his way into the secondary rotation. At this point, I find it unlikely that Brooks will last past the third round.
Last Updated: March 30, 2012