Last week, The Sports Xchange documented the regimen of Miami (Ohio) guard Brandon Brooks, arguably the mostly highly regarded prospect -- almost certainly the best offensive line candidate -- not invited to the Indianapolis combine.
At his pro day on campus Thursday, Brooks may have cemented his status, and perhaps worked his way to as high as the third round, with a very solid audition for NFL scouts.
At 6-feet-5 and 346 pounds, Brooks ran a sub-5.0 time (scouts to whom The Sports Xchange spoke pegged it in the 4.98 range) and performed 36 "reps" in the bench press.
"A lot of people told me they couldn't believe I wasn't in Indy," Brooks told The Sports Xchange, "but who's fault was it (that) I wasn't there? Maybe it's all worked out for the best, though. Like I said before, it just made the chip that much bigger for me. Maybe I worked that much harder."
Brooks, who spent two months at the renowned API facility in Phoenix to prep for his pro day, will have an individual workout for scouts on March 8, and perform line-specific drills then.--By Len Pasquarelli