- After earning second-team all-ACC honors as a junior and senior at Virginia Tech, and proving himself a physical run-blocker, guard Jaymes Brooks has generated a good bit of interest from a number of teams this spring, including the Washington Redskins. The 6-foot-2, 310-pound Brooks started three seasons at right guard for the Hokies. But after Brooks saw time at center and guard at the Players All-Star Classic in Arkansas in February, teams have told him and his agent that they find his versatility and ability to play all three interior line positions attractive. "I'll play any of them. Whatever adds value," says Brooks, who has heard from a half-dozen teams that he could go anywhere from the mid- to late-round range, or he could wind up signing as an undrafted free agent. "Fourth, fifth round, or free agent, it doesn't matter. I just want an opportunity. As long as I get into camp, I'll be able to prove myself." After playing in a zone-blocking scheme at Virginia Tech, Brooks believes he could fit well with the Redskins, who spoke with him in March. Although he would be slightly undersized as a guard in some NFL systems, his build is similar to those of Washington guard Kory Lichtensteiger and center Will Montgomery. Having followed Montgomery at Virginia Tech, Brooks says he would embrace the chance to learn from him in Washington, as well. "It'd be an ideal situation, being familiar with some of their players, and not being too far from home," the Newport News native says. Ultimately, Brooks doesn't care where he winds up. - The Washington Post
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Born in Germany, Brooks went to Denbigh high school in Newport News, Va., making the Huskies a logical landing spot in college.
He quietly started the past three seasons at right guard for Virginia Tech, earning second-team all-ACC honors as a junior and senior. He was still considered a fringe prospect until he began to show versatility by seeing time at center and guard at the Players All-Star Classic in Arkansas in February.
"I'll play any of them. Whatever adds value," Brooks told the Washington Post, adding that teams have given his agent a wide range of possibilities on draft day. "Fourth, fifth round, or free agent, it doesn't matter. I just want an opportunity. As long as I get into camp, I'll be able to prove myself."
Montgomery should draw interest from a number of NFL teams that run zone-blocking schemes similar to that of Virginia Tech's. A difficult scheme to teach, Montgomery brings plenty of experience with him to the NFL having started 42 consecutive games and playing more than 700 offensive snaps.
Possesses a short, squatty build conducive to playing inside. Good initial quickness off the burst and while not consistently able to generate movement, is able to turn and seal off his opponent from the action. Light on his feet, showing good lateral agility and burst to get to the second level. Generally keeps his feet chugging on contact when blocking on the move, though he can get lazy on occasion. Plays to the whistle. Cognizant as a pass blocker. Recognizes stunts quickly and adjusts. Saw time at center at the Players All-Star Classic and is projected by some teams as having a better chance at sticking in the NFL at this position... Tough, durable player who finished his career having started 42 consecutive games -- all at right guard.
Lacks explosive power off the snap and isn't able to consistently generate movement as a drive blocker. Has a tendency to stand up out of his stance, rather than keeping low, thereby losing his leverage and leaving himself vulnerable to bull-rushes. Too often drops his head upon contact, as well, which, when combined with his already less than ideal height, makes him susceptible to effective over-arm swim moves. Inconsistent hand placement. Allows his hands to get outside of his opponents' numbers, which could draw penalty flags against more powerful, athletic NFL defenders. Shorter than ideal for guard and has virtually no experience at starter.