Photo of Ron Brooks
Grade
53.7 ?
  • 4.37 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 12 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 38.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 120.0 INCH
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Top Performer
  • 5'10" Height
  • 30 5/8" Arm Length
  • 190LBS. Weight
  • 9" Hands

Overview

Brooks is an undersized corner who has never found a starting role amongst a stacked defensive backfield at LSU. He has been an influential player throughout his four years (after a freshman developmental redshirt year) and is a consummate playmaker from the nickel corner position. He is an attractive selection in the late rounds to a team who wants a defensive back who has the athletic ability and experience to cover out of the slot and be a zone blitzer. He isn't the most physical tackler, but he is explosive and is effective rushing from the edge in all-out blitz looks. He was never able to break into a starting role playing behind the likes of first rounders Patrick Peterson and Morris Claiborne and other younger, more athletic players; but playing second fiddle to the likes of those players should give him a shot to compete at the next level.

Analysis

Strengths

Brooks is an athletic cornerback who understands how to cover receivers out of the slot and use his hip mobility and flexibility to his advantage. He is a solid athlete who is a quick-twitched guy with noticeable explosion. He is good in coverage and can be effective in blitzing schemes when given an opportunity to rush full speed from the edge. He shows up as a playmaker all over the field, whether it be working as a nickel corner, an offbeat edge rusher, or as a gunner/cover man on special teams.

Weaknesses

Brooks is a bit undersized and absolutely inexperienced as a starter. He has started sparingly when filling in for injured guys, and he can look lost at times when playing out of the slot in nickel looks. When the play is directly in front of him, or he is tasked with running it down from a gunner position, he is a natural mover and a solid finisher when tackling. If he needs to diagnose a play or run continuously with a quick-twitched receiver, he can struggle. Overall, he is a gamer who is slightly undersized, but he makes plays when given an opportunity.
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.
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