04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Bills' picks: Round 4/124 - Ron Brooks, CB, 5-10, 190, Louisiana State...Bills added even more speed (4.37) to cover deep. Brooks had only three career starts but he's a good value pick here. Played in shadow of No. 6 overall pick Morris Claiborne (Dallas). - The Sports Xchange
Brooks was a top wide receiver recruit out of high school and never played in the secondary until he got to LSU. He saw playing time mostly on special teams until his senior year when he started in place of the suspended Tyrann Mathieu, making the most of his chances. He carries himself with a confident and mature attitude and has a young daughter. Brooks? father had a cup of coffee in the NFL. Brooks is a talented, aggressive athlete, but is still unrefined with his cover skills and has a lot of learning left to do before he?s ready for the pro game. He is a special teams demon and offers versatile value, showing speed at the combine (4.40 40-yard dash).
Strengths: Has good height and bulk for the position, using his length to make plays on the ball. Balanced athlete with good straight-line speed and foot quickness. Locates and attacks the ball in the air with smart awareness, jumping routes with an opportunistic style. Effective blitzer off the edge and plays determined in pursuit. Doesn?t back down with good take-on strength, playing with a physical chip. Has good ballskills and knows what to do with the ball in his hands. Returned all three of his career interceptions for scores. Brooks is a confident and high energy player, taking pride in his ability on special teams coverage. Has return experience and is an effective gunner. Earned his way onto the field and has worked hard.
Weaknesses: Plays tight and is more of a straight-line player, lacking the natural fluidity and change of direction skills ideal for the position. Gets too high in his backpedal and opens his hips too early. Transitional footwork needs work. Takes too many false steps and plays overaggressive. Needs to stay under control. Needs to do a better job breaking down in space to finish tackles. Too content throwing his shoulder around and not wrapping up. Needs to show better discipline and intelligence on the field. Several personal foul penalties on his r?sum? (facemask, late hit, etc.). Lacks ideal starting experience with only three career starts to his name and is still very unpolished.
-- Dane Brugler