Draft Scout Snapshot: A closer look at the Texans' picks: Round 3/76 - Brandon Brooks, OG, 6-4, 353, Miami, Ohio...He's the largest player on the team, but the coaches say he's quick off the ball and has nifty feet for his size. They expect him to compete for the right-guard job. - The Sports Xchange
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Brooks was a lightly recruited prep player, choosing Miami (OH) over a few other MAC programs. After redshirting in 2007, he earned a starting position at left guard in 2008 and started all 12 games. Brooks again started all 12 games in 2009 as a sophomore guard, earning Second Team All-MAC honors. He missed most of the first half of the 2010 season as a junior, but started at both left tackle and left guard down the stretch, earning Second Team All-MAC honors. Brooks started every game in 2011 as a senior (12 starts), earning Second Team All-MAC honors for the third consecutive season.
Brooks was a four-year starter in college and went from a 290-pound freshman to 353-pounds as a senior, possessing the girth and overall framework that NFL teams seek in an offensive line prospect. He lacks the range and overall movement skills to be anything more than a short-area blocker and his on-field temperament leaves a lot to be desired. Brooks has the size and strength, but is still rough around the edges and is not yet a finished product ? a developmental guard prospect with definite pro upside who will need a strong positional coach in the NFL, but should fit somewhere in the top-125 picks.
Strengths: Possesses a physically imposing frame with broad shoulders and a wide base ? big body with a strong, thickly built frame. Has good natural strength and raw power with the ability to be a mauler in the run game. Plays with a firm base with a stout anchor, holding his ground at the point of attack. Keeps his pad level low and flashes consistent leverage. Stays balanced and patient in his stance. Has overpowering upper body strength to overwhelm and eliminate defenders from the play ? jolts with his hands and shows a strong initial push. Quick off the snap and moves well for his size. Offers versatility with experience at left tackle and both guard spots. Has very good starting experience as a four-year starter (42 career starts) and was honored as a Second Team All-MAC performer three-years in a row (2009-11).
Weaknesses: Has some bad weight on his frame and has added over 60 pounds since he enrolled at Miami (OH) ? something that needs to be monitored. Carries a lot of weight and it shows at times, looking sluggish with heavy feet when trying to cover a lot of ground. Doesn?t have great range and wasn?t asked to do a lot of pulling for the Redhawks. Doesn?t always explode off the snap. Heavy-handed in pass protection with a bad habit of grabbing, which attracts holding penalties. Will allow his body to rise at times and he is caught too high. Needs to improve his awareness and overall vision to pick up extra rushers. Needs to stay disciplined and play smart, cutting down on the penalties and mental lapses. Has an inconsistent mean streak and needs to develop more of a finishing attitude ? too much of a passive blocker for his size.
NFL Comparison: Ramon Foster, Pittsburgh Steelers
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An all-star candidate in his final season ... although he sat out spring drills because of an injury, Miami's coaches have penciled him in as a starter at right guard ... Brooks has to be a a factor for the RedHawks to be dominant up front ... has the potential to be a game changer because of his athletic ability ... coaches are counting upon him to be a team leader.
Started ight guard...Brooks was a second-team All-Mid-American Conference selection each of the last two years. He's the first RedHawk player to be invited to the East-West Shrine Game since 2008 when punter Jake Richardson participated.
Despite being injured for most of the first half of 2010, he earned second-team All-MAC honors ... he was a starter at left tackle for two games and at left guard for the final four games, helping his team post a perfect 6-0 record ... Miami's running game was at its best when he was in the lineup ... was awarded his third varsity letter.
He won second-team All-MAC kudos, the highest honors by any RedHawk player in 2009 ... was a starter in all 12 games for the second consecutive season ... earned his second varsity letter ... the RedHawk offensive unit started slowly in its first three games, but averaged 374 yards per contest during the last nine.
Started all 12 games at left guard, grading out at 81 percent ... participated in a team high 855 plays, notching 70 knockdowns, 15 pins and six championship performances ... was named the RedHawks' Freshman of the Year.
Posted 75 pancakes and 20 knockdowns as an offensive lineman his senior season ... helped captain the Tigers to an 11-2 record, a city championship and an appearance in the 2006 State Semifinals ... named the team's Player of the Year as a junior and senior ... named All-State as a guard in his final season and will play in the state all-star game in July at Wisconsin-Oshkosh ... also played basketball and baseball.
Born August 19, 1989 ... son of Robert and Dorothy Brooks ... after he concludes his football career, he hopes to be a hospital administrator ... his favorite website is economist.com ... enjoys reading during his spare time ... the person from history he would most like to meet is Malcolm X ... majoring in psychology.
Draft Scout Player News
01/08/13 - RG Brandon Brooks, another rookie, is rotating with starter Ben Jones. Brooks, 6-5, 330, is the heaviest player on the team. He has quick feet, and he's shown a lot of improvement. Going against Vince Wilfork will be part of his maturation as a player, but, like Jones, he's doomed to experience growing pains.
12/31/12 - RG Brandon Brooks, a rookie who had been playing well in spot duty, got mashed and mauled several times against the Colts. He gave up a sack that never should have happened.
12/06/12 - G Brandon Brooks was drafted in the third round out of Miami of Ohio to compete for a starting job at right guard. But Ben Jones, a fourth-round pick, beat him to it. Jones learned a new position and excelled at it. He rotated with veteran Antoine Caldwell before winning the starting job. With Caldwell injured, Brooks got his first extensive playing time at Detroit and got more in the victory over Tennessee. At 6-5, 340, he's massive but has quick feet. At some point in the future, Brooks and Jones could be the starting guards.
07/25/12 - G Brandon Brooks signed a four-year contract with the Texans.
06/14/12 - OG Brandon Brooks, a third-round draft choice expected to push right guard Antoine Caldwell for a starting job, got called out by coach Gary Kubiak for being overweight.
Brooks was 6-5, 350 when he was drafted. He checked in at 340. After a weigh-in this week, Kubiak criticized him. Brooks responded the right way – saying Kubiak is supposed to get on him when he screws up. Two days later, Brooks reached his weight.
"He's fine," Kubiak said. "I made my point, and he responded well. He weighed in lighter. I'm trying to teach him a lesson now before we get to camp."