IF he can play in the middle and be effective, I say "GO FOR IT!!!"...though we probably should wait until the second round so that we cover our butts in case he doesn't pan out...I doubt that any other teams will take him in the first round.
Ahmad Brooks will likely enter in the NFL Supplemental Draft this Summer. He certainly seems like a better prospect then Milford Brown (2002), Tony Hollings (2003), and Manuel Wright (2005).
Some great players were taken through the Supplemental draft: Bernie Kosar (1985), Hall of Fame WR Cris Carter (1987), Rob Moore (1990, Pro Bowl Nose Tackle Jamal Williams (1997).
Is Ahmad Brooks next? Brooks is so talented, he returned two kickoffs in 2004; something many linebackers are not talented enough to do. Physically he is comparable to Brian Urlacher and can be used as a 3rd down pass rusher on the line, and move to outside linebacker. The two biggest concerns on Brooks are his health and character concerns. Physically he is ready, but is he tough enough or is he a player that can play well only when he is healthy ala Anthony Simmons? His character issues are a major concern, but nothing close to being Marcus Vick or Maurice Clarett. The concern is the marijuana. Is he Ricky Williams or like Randy Moss, smokes the stuff Ã¢â‚¬Å“every blue moon?Ã¢â‚¬Â
If he can impress scouts with his measurable and prove that he is not all about the cannabis, a team might use a second or third round pick. Physically he is capable of displaying a Vernon Davis-type work out.
Check out this video of Brooks: Unbelievable football sack
C.D. Hylton High School
Recorded 207 tackles, including 144 solos, 34 for loss and three sacks. Had an interception and 16 quarterback pressures and forced five fumbles, recovering two. "Ahmad cannot be blocked. When shedding blockers, he sends offensive linemen airborne," coach Bill Brown says. Brooks' father, Perry, was a defensive lineman for the Washington Redskins. Missed most of his junior season (2000) with a broken ankle. 2001 All-USA football team
Hargrave Military Academy
2002: 117 tackles, 4 sacks, 15 quarterback hurries
2003: 13 games started, 117 tackles, 4 sacks, 15 quarterback hurries
2004: 12 games started, 90 tackles, 8 sacks, 11 quarterback hurries, 2 INTÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s. Notes - finalist for the slick willy Butkus award (Derrick Johnson). Decided to return to school despite being projected as a high first-round pick in the 2005 draft.
2005: 5 games started, 27 tackles, 1 sack, 5 quarterback hurries, 4 pass deflected. Notes - Underwent knee surgery on his right knee missing numerous games.
January 14 - Announced he would be returning to Virginia for his final year.
March 28 - Dismissed from the Virginia football team for misdemeanor possession of marijuana.
- Even though he is only a junior he would probably be the top linebacker prospect (if healthy) for the 2006 NFL Draft. Brooks has been the leading tackler for the Cavs for the last 2 years. Runs a 4.47 forty, has a 325 pound bench and a 41 inch vertical jump, a truly awesome size speed ratio. Powerful hitter and an effective pass rusher, but what makes him so special is his ability to fade back and (pass) cover Running backs and Tight Ends. He would be the type of player you would never have to take out of a game. Reminds you of Ray Lewis
- There arenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t many negatives with Brooks. The obvious one is experience, as he has only played two seasons at the college level. Even that may be overrated, as he played at Hargrave for a year, and he has started every game heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s played in during his two years at Virginia.
Ahmad Brooks is a great prospect, whenever he declares. He should be a Top 20 pick if he declares this year. With his size, athleticism, and versatility, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s hard to not see Brian Urlacher. Brooks is that type of talent, and heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s going to be an excellent NFL linebacker.
After reading this article and seeing this guy play in the past I am 100% in favor of us drafting this guy. He has similiar size to Shawne Merriman except he plays Middle Linebacker instead of outside. Last time I checked our middle linebackers suck, and it would be an awesome move for the Vikes to step up and draft this guy. Character issues or not, he is a freak. A linebacker who weighs 260 athletic enough to return kicks? Anytime you are saying a guy has the chance to be a Ray Lewis or a Brian Urlacher, and has the ability to put up a Vernon Davis type workout he is worth the chance. A 4.47 40 yd dash and a 41 inch vertical... sounds like LaVar style athleticism. He is also suppossedly pretty good in coverage which would be a perfect fit for the Cover 2 that we are going to be playing.
I personally would even be willing to consider selecting him in the 1st round of the supplemental draft. I have already read elsewhere that the Patriots are considering it. Putting Brooks and Greenway next to each other would give the Vikes a young and athletic LB duo. When is the last time we had that? I love the way Nick Saban is taking chances on players down in Miami... I really think it is going to pan out for him... I only hope that Childress is willing to do the same thing although I doubt it due to Onterrio and the Love Boat.