Western Kentucky - Hilltoppers
Derrius Brooks - #2 - CB-KR-WR
|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|
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.
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