Saturday, April 28, 2012
Eleven area players taken in 2012 draft
By Travis L. Brown
Ron Brooks was drafted Saturday as the 124th overall pick by the Buffalo Bills as a cornerback, a position he has played for only three seasons.
Brooks was recruited by LSU out of Irving MacArthur as a wide receiver after spending the majority of his snaps at quarterback in high school.
“He was just a step quicker than anyone else on the field,” MacArthur coach Brian Basil said. “He played quarterback for us his senior year because we wanted the ball touching his hands every snap, but the main thing that separated him at the high school level was his speed and his level of toughness.”
Brooks made the shift over to cornerback his sophomore year at LSU, which Basil believes is proof of his devotion to the game -- one of his many intangibles.
“He understood that whatever it took to get him on the field he would do it,” Basil said. “That’s why when he went to LSU, he was receptive to play defense and on special teams. Those intangibles are what allowed him to make it to this level.”
Brooks played in 53 games at LSU, finishing with 90 tackles and 5.5 sacks. All three interceptions Brooks pulled in were returned for touchdowns.
“For him, I think wherever he had an opportunity to play would be a great fit.” Basil said. “To play at that level is a dream come true and I bet he’s thrilled to death and we’re thrilled for him.”
Redskins pick Plano East/UT linebacker
The Redskins picked up the athlete that “could do it all” for Plano East coach Johnny Ringo.
Keenan Robinson was selected as the 119th overall pick as a linebacker out of Texas, the fourth player to make it to the pro level out of Plano East.
“He was a tremendous leader for us and played both ways,” Ringo said. “He’s just a kid that could do it all. He was a great track athlete and had to give up basketball. He was a tremendous player for us and will be a tremendous representative of Plano East in the NFL.”
Robinson hit Twitter immediately after his selection, affirming his excitement with the team that selected him.
“God is Good… Im right where I needa be,” Robinson tweeted, followed by, “Oo whats up Washington… Im glad to be a Redskin #NoQuestion.”
Robinson started in 39 games for the Longhorns, tallying 317 tackles and 4.4 sacks.
He joins other standouts from the state of Texas in Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III and Richardson Berkner/SMU lineman Josh LeRibeus as a part of the Redskins' draft class.
Other area draftees:
Josh LeRibeus (OG, Richardson Berkner/SMU): Selected 71st overall by the Redskins.
Jamell Fleming (CB, Arlington Seguin/Oklahoma): Selected 80th overall by the Cardinals. First player drafted from Arlington Seguin to be drafted.
Chris Givens (WR, Wylie/Wake Forest): Selected as the first pick of the fourth round, 96th overall, by the Rams.
Taylor Thompson (DE/TE, Prosper/SMU): Selected 145th overall by the Titans.
Cyrus Gray (RB, DeSoto/Texas A&M): Selected 182nd overall by the Chiefs.
James Hanna (TE, Flower Mound/Oklahoma): Selected 186th overall by the Cowboys.
Robert T. Griffin (OG, Euless Trinity/Baylor): Selected 203rd overall by the Jets.
Emmanuel Acho (LB, Dallas St. Mark’s/Texas): Selected 204th overall by the Browns.
Greg McCoy (DB/KR, Dallas Woodrow Wilson/TCU): Selected 220th overall by the Bears.