Selection: CB Ron Brooks, LSU
Measurables: 5100, 202 lbs., 9″ Hands, 30 5/8″ Arms, 73 5/8″ Wingspan
Combine Numbers: 12 Bench, 1.55 10, 2.52 20, 4.37 40, 38″ Vertical, 10’00 Broad, No shuttle or 3 Cone due to muscle strain
With the 124th pick in the 4th Round of the 2012 NFL Draft the Buffalo Bills selected CB Ron Brooks. Brooks is a good nickel or dime cover corner who is a strong tackler, and has plenty of blitz potential off the edge.
Brooks is a pretty athletic CB who has some stiffness in his hips but has enough fluidity to stay with most quicker slot WR’s. He has a lot of ST ability, and he’s the kind of player you move around a lot. Some will knock him for not starting but that’s a misnomer considering how much LSU went to three CB’s. Was a gunner on punt coverage and one of the faster kick cover guys.
He’s not a big playmaker on the ball, he’s more of let the WR catch it and then bring him down with no extra yardage. He’s never going to be a big INT guy, but he doesn’t take chances. He sits in his back pedal and gets a good break on shorter routes. Brooks doesn’t see the ball exceptionally well deep down the field, and probably a better zone coverage guy than man.
You’re looking at a guy who will immediately play ST and make an impact there. He is tough to jam on the punt and slips blocks well on kick coverage. Should combine with Justin Rogers to form the nickel and dime coverage package of our future defensive backfield.
Interesting note of his three career INT’s all have been returned for TD’s.
Stats: 2011-30 Tackles, 6.5 TFL, 3.5 Sacks, 2 INT, 6 PBU, 2 FF, 3 QBH
Career-90 Tackles, 12.5 TFL, 5.5 Sacks, 3 INT, 10 PBU, 5 FF, 5 QBH