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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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."
06/07/12 - OG Brandon Brooks, a third-round pick, is 6-5, 350. He's competing with veteran Antoine Caldwell for the starting job at right guard vacated by Mike Brisiel, who signed with Oakland.
"I see flashes that he's capable of being a starter in this league," coach Gary Kubiak said. "He's got a great opportunity. He's going head-to-head with Antoine every day. It'll be interesting to see how he does once we put the pads on (training camp).
"With his size, there's been talk that he's not our type of guy. That's bull. He can do everything we want him to do."
Because the Texans rely so much on quickness and finesse with their linemen, they're usually not as large as offensive linemen on other teams. Brooks ran a sub-5.0 40 for the Texans' scouts.
04/30/12 - 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
04/30/12 - Guard Brandon Brooks, a third-round pick from Miami, Ohio, wasn't invited to the Combine. "I understood that I could be invited and I could not," he said. "I did use it as motivation to keep that chip on my shoulder, and that was kind of the big thing for me. I feel extremely blessed, and I'm happy that Houston had the faith in me to draft me." QUOTE TO NOTE: "I've never coached a guy at that size, but we feel that he can do what we do because he moves around well. The East-West Shrine Game is where I first noticed him. If you look at him, he doesn't look like he weighs that much. Most of his weight is in his lower body. He can still run under a five-flat 40, which is what we ask our guys to do." - Offensive coordinator Rick Dennison on 6-4, 353-pound guard Brandon Brooks, a third-round pick from Miami, Ohio. - The Sports Xchange
04/27/12 - OG Brandon Brooks, Miami (Ohio) -- A mauling road-grader in the mold of a heavy-footed Larry Allen, Brooks isn't ideal for the Texans' downhill blocking scheme but might be projected by the Texans to right tackle, where he'd replace Eric Winston (who left via free agency).
04/23/12 - LSU defensive tackle Michael Brockers leads all potential draftees with 16 pre-draft visits to NFL teams, and he leads it by a lot. Intriguing Montana cornerback Trumaine Johnson (teams wish he were faster than 4.58 in the 40, but he has the size at 6-foot-2 to match up with the new generation of wideouts) has made 12 trips. And two non-combine invitees -- SMU tight end Taylor Thompson and Miami (Ohio) guard Brandon Brooks -- have made just under a dozen. Included in Brooks' 10 visits was a trip to guard-needy Pittsburgh. - Peter King, SI.com Monday Morning QB