04/30/2012 - Guard Brandon Brooks, a third-round pick from Miami, Ohio, wasn't invited to the Combine. "I understood that I could be invited and I could not," he said. "I did use it as motivation to keep that chip on my shoulder, and that was kind of the big thing for me. I feel extremely blessed, and I'm happy that Houston had the faith in me to draft me." QUOTE TO NOTE: "I've never coached a guy at that size, but we feel that he can do what we do because he moves around well. The East-West Shrine Game is where I first noticed him. If you look at him, he doesn't look like he weighs that much. Most of his weight is in his lower body. He can still run under a five-flat 40, which is what we ask our guys to do." - Offensive coordinator Rick Dennison on 6-4, 353-pound guard Brandon Brooks, a third-round pick from Miami, Ohio. - The Sports Xchange
04/27/2012 - OG Brandon Brooks, Miami (Ohio) -- A mauling road-grader in the mold of a heavy-footed Larry Allen, Brooks isn't ideal for the Texans' downhill blocking scheme but might be projected by the Texans to right tackle, where he'd replace Eric Winston (who left via free agency).
04/23/2012 - LSU defensive tackle Michael Brockers leads all potential draftees with 16 pre-draft visits to NFL teams, and he leads it by a lot. Intriguing Montana cornerback Trumaine Johnson (teams wish he were faster than 4.58 in the 40, but he has the size at 6-foot-2 to match up with the new generation of wideouts) has made 12 trips. And two non-combine invitees -- SMU tight end Taylor Thompson and Miami (Ohio) guard Brandon Brooks -- have made just under a dozen. Included in Brooks' 10 visits was a trip to guard-needy Pittsburgh. - Peter King, SI.com Monday Morning QB
04/12/2012 - Miami (Ohio) offensive guard Brandon Brooks was one of the biggest snubs as far as not being invited to the NFL scouting combine. NFL teams have been eager to meet with the imposing blocker, and the 6-foot-5, 346-pounder will take a total of 23 visits. Among his visits: the Ravens, Pittsburgh Steelers, Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs, Houston Texans and the Indianapolis Colts. Brooks' stock is rising fast in NFL draft circles, so much that some draft analysts have him going as high as the second or third round. Brooks bench pressed 225 pounds 36 times, posted a 32-inch vertical leap and ran the 40-yard dash twice in 4.99 seconds. He also had an 8-9 broad jump, a 4.54 20-yard shuttle and a 7.37 in the three-cone drill. His 10-yard split was 1.71 seconds. Brooks was all-conference for three consecutive seasons. He has played both left tackle and left guard, but is expected to play guard in the NFL and played right guard as a senior. A four-year starter, Brooks went from a 290-pound freshman to a solid 346-pounder as a senior. Brooks is regarded as a strong run blocker who needs to cut down on penalties as a pass blocker.
03/06/2012 - Several NFL scouts flocked to Oxford, Ohio and Yager Stadium Thursday as the Miami University football team hosted its annual Pro Day for departing seniors to work out and show off their skills to NFL personnel. Six RedHawks worked out during the day as well as a few former `Hawks. The players started out by getting weighed and having measurements taken of their height and wingspan at the Gross Student-Athlete Development Center. They then moved on to the bench press and vertical jump before heading outside to Yager Stadium, where players ran a 40-yard dash and multiple shuttle runs as well as position-specific drills. Senior guard Brandon Brooks was the main focus of Pro Day, as he is projected as a middle-round draft pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. Brooks completed 36 reps on the bench press and had a vertical leap of 32 inches. He also clocked a sub-five second 40-yard dash. Among the other RedHawks to take part in Pro Day were defensive lineman Jordain Brown, tight end Kendrick Bruton, wide receiver Chris Givens, defensive lineman Na'eem Outler and linebacker Jerrell Wedge. Members of the 2010 Miami senior class, such as wide receivers Armand Robinson and Jamal Rogers, as well as cornerback Brandon Stephens, also participated in Pro Day. Nearly every NFL team was represented at Pro Day with Miami coaches and current players in attendance for support. The 2012 NFL Draft will take place April 26-28 in New York City. - Miami (OH) football
03/06/2012 - Miami (Ohio) OL Brandon Brooks was not invited to the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, but he will likely be one of the players selected on the third day of April's draft because of his size, speed and strength. His eye opening numbers at Thursday's pro day will no doubt help his cause. Brooks was among the six players who worked out Thursday at the school's pro day, held indoors on artificial turf. Brooks measured at 6-foot-5, 346 pounds with 32 5/8-inch arms, and was clocked at 5.0 and 4.98 seconds in his two 40-yard dashes. Brooks then posted 4.58 seconds in the short shuttle drill, and a three-cone drill time of 7.42 seconds. He also threw up 225 pounds 36 times in the bench press. Brooks later went through positional drills conducted by a member of the Steelers organization. I don't think anyone expected Brooks, who participated in the East-West Shrine Game, to run as fast or demonstrate as much strength as he did. It's actually a surprise that he wasn't at the combine, but they can invite only so many players. But everyone is looking for big offensive linemen, and this is a big man. We talked so much about Memphis DT Dontari Poe???s workout, and Brooks' numbers are similar. These are the kinds of guys that end up having a chance to make a team. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
03/04/2012 - 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." - NFLDraftScout.com
02/25/2012 - Despite being nearly 1,800 miles from Indianapolis and Lucas Oil Stadium, where 327 draft hopefuls are displaying their wares for the league scouts this week, Brandon Brooks retains an interest in the Scouting Combine. Sort of. "A lot of those guys, I worked out with," said the Miami (Ohio) guard, who took some time out from his training regimen in Phoenix on Saturday to watch the offensive line on-field auditions broadcast by The NFL Network. "Those are my buddies. So, yeah there's a curiosity thing at work there." There's a bit of a curiosity element, too, about why Brooks, who is rated as the No. 8 guard prospect by NFLDraftScout.com, was training at the renowned Athletes' Performance Institute, instead of running the 40-yard dash and doing other position-specific drills with the rest of the offensive line candidates on Saturday in Indianapolis. In discussions with league scouts about players not invited to the Combine, several players were mentioned to The Sports Xchange -- Oklahoma State offensive tackle Levy Adcock, Houston outside linebacker Sammy Brown, Wisconsin free safety Aaron Henry, East Carolina wide receiver Lance Lewis, Western Kentucky tailback Bobby Rainey, Miami (Fla.) defensive tackle Micanor Regis, among them -- Brooks' name was cited pretty prominently. - Len Pasquarelli, The Sports Xchange
01/23/2012 - TOP TEN PROSPECTS WHO HELPED THEMSELVES AT THE EAST-WEST SHRINE: OG Brandon Brooks, Miami (Ohio): Despite heavy feet and limited overall range, Brooks has a massive 353-pound frame with dominant qualities. He carries his weight surprisingly well and showed the raw power to sustain and drive defenders out of the play. Brooks is a bit sluggish with his hands and needs to continue and develop his technique, but showed the natural strength to control blocks at the point of attack. He will be an attractive prospect for a team that values larger, mauling linemen. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/21/2012 - EAST-WEST SHRINE WEDNESDAY: Another guard, Brandon Brooks of Miami (Ohio), has a broad, filled-out frame and carries his weight well for being the heaviest player here -- 353 pounds. He showed heavy feet in space, which was expected for his body type, but he was quick off the snap and understands body positioning. Brooks is stout at the point of attack in practice and displayed the natural size and strength to hold his own against NFL linemen in confined quarters. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
12/06/2011 - 2011 ALL-MAC SECOND TEAM (MEDIA): Offensive Lineman - Brandon Brooks, Miami, has been selected All-MAC Second Team for the 2011 college football season as voted by the MAC News Media Association. Brooks (Milwaukee, WI) was a second-team All-MAC selection for the third consecutive year. - Miami football
11/09/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: Improved play by the line is a big reason why the offense has been productive in the last two games. After allowing 18 sacks in the first seven games, the line has given up two sacks in wins over Buffalo and Akron. - The Sports Xchange
09/02/2011 - Offensive linemen Brandon Brooks and Matt Kennedy returned from injuries in fall camp. Their return is crucial as the RedHawks need to have a more effective running game this season. - The Sports Xchange
08/28/2011 - OL Brandon Brooks missed spring camp because of an injury, but has been penciled in as the starter at right guard. The senior was hampered by injuries last season, but Miami was 6-0 in games he started. At 6-foot-5 and 357 pounds, Brooks has the ability to dominate. - The Sports Xchange