In the NFL Draft, every team is looking for an under-the-radar prospect who can make an immediate impact on their team. Sometimes the best picks in the draft turn out to be the ones in the later rounds. This is why every pick in the NFL Draft is important, and no one should be overlooked during the drafting process.
Everyone knows how poorly the Eagles played in the secondary last season. Getting help in the defensive backfield is the top priority for the Eagles going into the draft. There is a lot of speculation what Philadelphia will address with the No. 22 pick this year. However, if the Eagles don’t use it to help the secondary, Brooks may be a mid-round pick who could end up being the steal of the draft.
As a member of a National Championship team, Brooks got lost in the shadow of the some of the bigger prospects out of Florida State. He was one of the best defensive players for the Seminoles in their championship run last season. The senior safety had two interceptions last year and always seemed to be around the football. He didn’t make the flashiest or highlight reel plays, but he was a great leader for the Seminoles on defense and his versatility made him one of the most valuable players for them.
He might not have the numbers to make him a great prospect, but talent wise, Brooks is almost as good as any other safety prospect in the draft. At 5-foot-11, 190-pounds, Brooks has the speed to be an impact player all over the field. He ran the fastest 40-yard dash among all safeties at the NFL Combine, and he has a lot of potential to make it as a productive player in the league.
What would make him a valuable player to the Eagles is his versatility. Last season, Brooks played strong safety, free safety and even cornerback for the Seminoles — an ability that is rare among prospects. His knowledge and experience at all positions makes him one of the more valuable prospects in the draft. The Eagles could use help almost everywhere in the secondary, and Brooks would be able to contribute right away.
Philadelphia has made plenty of adjustments to the secondary this offseason. However, there weren’t many big signings or players that defenses could be built around. If the Eagles are looking to have role players and rotations that will help them, then Brooks could fit into this system. He might even make more of an impact, given his versatility and his play.
Brooks has been quietly one of the better safety prospects in this upcoming draft. There aren’t too many teams that have looked at him. If the Eagles want to make a valuable and a smart choice with a second or third-round pick, they should make sure Brooks ends up in Philadelphia.