Overview: Second-team All-ACC free safety, Terrence Brooks from Florida State offers impressive range and athleticism. Originally a corner back, he moved to safety after two seasons in order to crack the starting lineup. Brooks is physical and likes to hit despite less-than-ideal size at 5-11 198lbs. At times, he moved down into the box to play a linebacker position as well as matching up on slot receivers in the Florida State defense.
CBSSports.com reports that Terrence Brooks has a “impressive burst to close” and good straight line speed. NFL.com likes his confidence, energy, and range. Both sites note that Brooks is a good special teams player who is likely to excel at the role in the NFL.
Terrence Brooks is aggressive, yet may draw too many penalties on the next level. He has some problems wrapping up, leading to missed tackles despite his hard-hitting nature. He also has inconsistent ball skills, allowing a number of easy interceptions to fall through his hands.
40 Yd Dash: 4.42
Vertical: 38 in
Broad: 9′ 11″
Bench: 10 reps
Draft Projection: Some analysts like his athleticism, his physical nature, and his big-school pedigree and rate him a 2nd or 3rd round prospect. Others are more concerned with his lack of ideal size and ball skills. Such individuals see him as a 4th or 5th round talent.
I like Brooks’ range, but am concerned about his propensity to miss tackles and his inconsistent ball skills. In Bob Sutton’s defense, which features a lot of single high safety, you need a reliable last-line defender. I would see him as a bargain for the Kansas City Chiefs in the 4th round, but would be reluctant to take him earlier.
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