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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