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Derrius Brooks - #2 - CB-KR-WR

Height: 5-9 1/2
Weight: 192
Speed: 4.36
Arm: 33 3/4
Hand: 9 1/4
Wingspan: 73 3/4
Birthdate: 05/29/1988
Hometown: Columbus, GA
Grade: 5.20

PROSPECT MEASURABLES

Event Ht Wt Hand Arm Wing Wonderlic 40 yard BP BJ VJ 20s 60s 3 Cn
03/08/2012 Western Kentucky Pro Day 5-9 1/2 192 9 1/4 33 3/4 73 3/4 4.36 13 10'5" 38 4.17 11.37 6.61

 

Notes:

High school running back in Georgia, where he won a pair of 100-meter state championships and earned two basketball letters. Was recruited as a receiver and redshirted in 2007. Played five games in ’08, starting three, and caught 13 balls for 140 yards (9.8-yard average) and zero touchdowns. Played all 12 games in ’09, tallying 11-108-1 (9.8). Also tossed a 21-yard touchdown. Moved to cornerback in ’10 when he recorded 36 tackles, one pass breakup and three interceptions, including a 62-yard TD against Louisiana-Lafayette in 12 games (four starts). Played all 12 games in ’11, starting the final eight, and posted 48-10-4 with a forced fumble. Had 14 career rushes for 71 yards (5.1-yard average) and a score and 12 kickoff returns for 328 yards (27.3). Also ran track for the Hilltoppers.

Positives:

Very long arms. Intriguing workout numbers — 40-yard dash, vertical leap (38 inches), broad jump (10 feet, 5 inches) and short shuttle (6.61 seconds) all would have placed in the top five among cornerbacks at the Combine. Has ball skills and good hands to intercept (former receiver) — seven interceptions in just 12 career starts. Nice balance and short-area quickness. Can flip his hips and run vertical. Shows recovery speed. Has special-teams experience, including as a “gunner” and jammer.

Negatives:

Lacks ideal height. Needs to get significantly stronger. Inexperienced and unpolished — needs to be coached up. Poor jam technique and struggles to reroute. Positional instincts are raw — eyes get stuck in the backfield and does not have a feel for receiver body language or route combinations. Soft in run support — gets sealed on the edge and blocked clear off the field at times. Underpowered, grab-and-drag tackler.

Summary:

Short, long-armed, raw, converted receiver and finesse man-cover corner with outstanding timed speed and moldable physical tools to contribute in sub-packages and on special teams. Developmental project and practice-squad candidate with upside.


Derrius Brooks's Draft Stock

PFW Grade Scale
GradeRound
7.01-9.00Top 10
6.01-7.001
6.001-2
5.61-5.992
5.602-3
5.41-5.593
5.403-4
5.31-5.394
5.304-5
5.21-5.295
5.205-6
5.16-5.196
5.156-7
5.11-5.147
5.107-PFA
4.75-5.09PFA
4.00-4.74FA

*PFW Grade indicates the value PFW assigned to prospects.

*Draft Projection indicates where players are more likely to be drafted and reflects the consensus opinion from the NFL scouting community.


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