Miami (Ohio) G/T Brandon Brooks visits Lions

Posted by ttwentyman on March 12, 2012 – 2:14 pm

The Lions began the process of bringing in their 30 non-local prospects for pre-draft visits on Monday with Miami (Ohio) guard/tackle Brandon Brooks visiting the team’s facility in Allen Park.

Brooks is one of the biggest and most versatile lineman in the draft at 6-foot-5 and 349 pounds. He played both guard and tackle at Miami and was also a terrific basketball player in high school.

Brooks said he first talked to the Lions at the East-West Shrine Game in January.

Brooks was not invited to February’s NFL Scouting Combine, but wowed scouts at his Pro Day last week by running a 4.99 40-yard dash and putting up 36 reps on the bench press. Those numbers would have put him behind only one player at the combine at his position in each respective category.

Those numbers will probably get Brooks drafted before some players who were invited to the combine.

“I’m just blessed to be in this situation,” Brooks said during Monday’s visit. “I’m definitely not taking it for granted at all. And I’m really appreciative of it all.”

Brooks is projected to be a guard in the NFL but his value is that he’s versatile and could play both if necessary.

“I’m just a blue-collar player who works hard every day,” Brooks said. “I come in and do everything 110-percent each and every time I have an opportunity to do something.”

Growing up in Wisconsin, Brooks is a confessed Packers fan and said his father is a die-hard Packers fan. The Lions apparently aren’t holding that against him.

“It’s a little different being on this side of the lake,” Brooks said with a laugh. “The Lions are definitely headed in the right direction and I can see them going deep into the playoffs next year.”

Brooks is ESPN’s ninth-best guard prospect and is considered a mid- to late-round pick but a prospect who is on the rise.

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4 Responses to “Miami (Ohio) G/T Brandon Brooks visits Lions”

  1. By nost on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    at this time it is believed he carries a 2nd round grade…

    he was grossly underrated by BLESTO and not invited to the combine

    but his work at the shrine and his pro day with his senior year game film showed he is about the third best pure guard in the draft

  2. By Jacob R on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Did some research on this guy. I’m not a scout or anything, but I’ve been really impressed. A guy that size that can move like that is scary. He’s probably just had less, good coaching over his life, but that’s what Backus is around another year for. I say draft a corner in the 1st, then this guy in the 2nd or 3rd b/c he’ll probably be there. Please and Thank you.

  3. By Bryan M on Mar 13, 2012 | Reply

    More than anything its been proven that this team should and is building around a group of not always talk about guys the d line, now its time to put the same effort into the o line it has been proven it can and has won games.

  4. By Detroit Lions #1 on May 30, 2012 | Reply

    I can’t wait for the season!!!

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