Photo of Ron Brooks
Drafted By: Bills

Combine Results

Grade
69.0 ?
  • 4.37 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 12 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 38.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 120.0 INCH
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

Bucky Brooks' take: Brooks is an underrated cover corner with speed and quickness. He possesses the movement skills to handle slot receivers and could emerge as a key contributor as nickel or dime defender.

  • 5'10" Height
  • 30 5/8" Arm Length
  • 190LBS. Weight
  • 9" Hands

Overview

Brooks is an undersized corner who never became a starter while playing in a stacked defensive backfield at LSU. However, after spending a year as a redshirt freshman, he became an influential member of the defense. Brooks was a consummate playmaker from the nickel position, and would be attractive to teams looking for an athletic, experienced defensive back who can cover out of the slot and blitz in a zone. He isn't the most physical tackler, but he is explosive and effective rushing from the edge in all-out blitz looks. After working with top-tier talents like Patrick Peterson and Morris Claiborne, Brooks should be ready to compete in the NFL. He will likely be drafted in one of the later rounds.

Analysis

Strengths

Brooks is athletic, knows how to cover receivers out of the slot and takes full advantage of his hip mobility and flexibility. He is a quick-twitch athlete with noticeable explosiveness. He is effective in coverage and can blitz when given the chance to rush full-speed from the edge. He can make plays all over the field, whether as a nickel corner, an offbeat edge rusher, or a gunner/cover man on special teams.

Weaknesses

Brooks is a bit undersized and has very little experience as a starter, and can look lost at times. He does well when the action is directly in front of him or when he's in the gunner position, but has trouble diagnosing plays or sticking with a quick-twitch receiver.
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Grade Title Draft (Round) Description
96-100 Future Hall of Famer Top Pick A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
85-95 Immediate Starter 1st An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
70-84 Eventual Starter 2nd-3rd A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
50-69 Draftable Player 4th-7th A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
20-49 Free Agent UDFA A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.

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