Found April 27, 2012 on State of the Texans:
PLAYERS: Mike Mayock
TEAMS: Houston Texans

 

With the 76th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft the Houston Texans select… Brandon Brooks, Guard, Miami, OH

Vital Stats

Height                         6’5”

Weight                        353 lbs.

Arms                           33

Wingspan                  80”

 

Described by Mike Mayock as a physical freak, four-year starter guard Brandon Brooks was a surprise pick for most Texans fans. Despite being the #5 guard available on many draft boards and possessing what some are calling pro-bowl potential, Brooks was not invited to the NFL Combine but did participate in the East West Shrine game.  At a lean, mean 350 lbs, Brooks stunned during practice and was called by many the best NFL prospect at the East West Shrine game.  At the Miami, OH University pro day in early April, Brooks ran the 40-yard dash in 4.99 seconds and bench pressed 225 lbs. 36 times, which would have topped David DeCastro’s 34 as the top performance by a guard at the Combine.  His pro day vertical leap of 32” exceeded that of even NFL Combine star Dontari Poe.  This from a 6’5”, 353 lb. guard, who can play both left tackle and left guard.

Brooks is a player who earns stellar reviews from coaches, is unbelievably powerful, agile and tightly built despite his hugeness.  He stays engaged with against opposing defenses, whether the pocket moves or during the run (hooray for Arian!) and is capable of holding off two defenders at a time. Brooks gets low with his stout base, blocking defenders beneath the pads and finishing his plays.

Of course, no player is perfect nor is Brooks. A couple of areas for development include improving his quickness off the line and not being seen standing around during plays if defenders avoid him. Have no fear, Texans Offensive Line coach John Benton, along with the strength and conditioning team, will develop Brooks into being faster off the line as the coaching staff has with other Texans’ offensive linemen and Benton, Kubiak, et. al. will not tolerate disengagement.   Brooks’ specialty seems to be more interior blocking and there is a slight injury history with his hamstring.  However, it appears that the Texans have gotten a important new addition to an offensive line that suffered many losses in the off-season.  Brooks appears to be a strong replacement who will be a key component in rebuilding what was last year considered to be a top OLine in the league.

Accolades

Miami, Ohio’s Freshman of the Year in 2008

Second Team All-MAC as sophomore in 2009

Second Team All-MAC as junior in 2010 (despite playing only half the season)

Second Team All-MAC as senior in 2011

Since it’s a bit difficult finding tape on a Miami, OH left guard, let’s enjoy this view of our Newest Texan Brandon Brooks mowing down the Steelers scout at his pro day.

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