With 26 days until the NFL draft begins, here is another potential draft prospect for the Baltimore Ravens:
School: Florida State
Height/weight: 5-10, 198
Round projection: Second or third round
File this away: Brooks ran the 40-yard dash in 4.42 seconds, the top time by a safety at the NFL combine.
Good: A former cornerback, Brooks covers a lot of ground with his speed. When playing center field, he makes good initial reads and doesn't put himself in bad positions. With good upper body strength, Brooks plays much bigger than his size and is an aggressive hitter. He has the reputation of being a driven player.
Bad: Brooks isn't much of a playmaker because of bad hands. He drops a lot of interceptions. Brooks doesn't always wrap up, which leads to missed tackles. There's a question about his leaping ability, especially when defending bigger receivers.
Bottom line: Brooks is a quality fallback option if Northern Illinois' Jimmie Ward is gone before the Ravens draft in the second round. The Ravens are looking for a rangy free safety, and Brooks certainly fills that role. There's very little risk with Brooks. Even if he isn't ready to start right away, he will be a core special teams player.