Drafted: ROUND: 7 - Pick Number: 244 (DAL)
Draft Profile: BioAfter high school, Brooks opted to join Wingate.
In 2019 as a freshman Brooks saw action in just one game for the Bulldogs as he made 3 receptions for only 52 yards for an average of 17.3 yards per reception, with no TDs, and QB rating when targeted of 79.9.
After season's end Brooks transferred to South Carolina where as a sophomore in 2020 he played in 6 games and had only 11 catches for 100 yards for an average of 9.1 yards per catch, with no TDs, and only QB rating when targeted of 8.5.
As a junior in 2021 he played 6 games and hauled in only 14 catches for 181 yards for an average of 12.9 yards per catch, with one TD, and QB rating when targeted of 74.8.
As a senior in 2022 he played 12 games and had 33 catches for 499 yards for an average of 15.1 yards per catch, one TD, and QB rating when targeted of 105.3.
Scouting Report: Strengths
- Tracks the ball well downfield and shows good ball skills, including the ability to go up and high-point it in contested-catch situations.
- Brooks catches the ball with his large, soft hands and is tough. Deceptive jets and a smooth route runner.
- Balanced, savvy route runner with top field awareness, setting up and selling routes beautifully.
- His long arms allow him to play bigger than his size, and Brooks has a frame that can carry a little more weight.
- Often used on deep routes, getting separation down the sideline or over the middle on crossing routes by extending his arms rather than pure speed.
- Good effort and technique as a blocker for his size. Can beat the press with elusiveness or physical contact. Runs crisp routes with sharp cuts.
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
- Does not explode off the line of scrimmage and runs with long strides.
- Brooks has constantly ran a limited route tree.
- He’s largely a non-factor downfield, and Brooks had issues with drops when running behind a defensive back and tracking the ball. More quick than fast, he won’t always be able to run away from NFL defensive backs.
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