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2015 NFL DRAFT
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C.J. Brooks

Height: 6-6 | Weight: 309 | College: Maryland
 
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Overview

Positives … Has good size for his position and a frame that can carry additional weight. …

Plays with good initial quickness. … More of a wall-off, finesse type despite his weight room strength, but shows the ability to slide and mirror the defender in pass protection. … Shows good speed getting to the edge and while inconsistent with his hands, when he does get them to lock on to an opponent, his long arms allow him to gain separation. … Plays with good awareness, picking up twists and games quickly. … Works to stay in front of a defender as a run blocker. … Has enough acceleration to chip up to the next level and neutralize the linebacker. … Adequate on pulls and traps. … Offers value and versatility with his ability to play both guard and tackle. … Has a smooth running stride when getting out front on sweeps. … Has the burst to come off the snap and accelerate up field to the second level. … Has the lower body strength to firmly plant and maintain position at the point of attack. … Shows a quick retreat in his pass set. … Has the lateral agility needed to redirect. … Tough player who will play hurt. … Takes well to hard coaching. … Runs with a normal stride and has the ability to adjust and change direction. … Flashes explosion off the ball and that initial quickness allows him to gain an advantage.

Negatives. … Tall athlete who has been a hard worker in the weight room, but sometimes, that production fails to translate to the football field, as his frame that needs to add more bulk, he has a soft midsection, big legs, marginal overall muscle definition and slow feet. … Drives hard and gets decent hand placement in the short area, but falls off too many of his blocks when on the move. … Has very good potential, but needs to have a patient coach redo his technique. … For a player his size, you would expect him to be much stronger at the point of attack, but he's more of a finesse type. … Did a good job of locating targets in the second level in 2003, but he appeared too heavy-footed in 2004, resulting in Brooks getting knocked and dragged down as he failed to get good hand placement on the move. … Shows a strong base in pass protection, but lacks pop behind his blocks. … Will get pushed around a bit by the bigger defensive tackles and falls off blocks too easily. … Needs to do a better job of generating a hand punch, as he relies too much in leaning into the defender in attempts to sustain. … Lets the defender get into his body too much and bends at the waist, rather than his knees in his pass set. … Needs to slide his feet better, as he struggles to mirror vs. the quicker rushers. … Has the size and that superb initial quickness, but needs to add more strength and his technique sorely needs an overhaul, as he stands too erect in his stance, fails to bend his knees properly, leaves his feet too often and fails to sustain his blocks for too long. … Loses his balance when trying to make reach blocks, as he will lunge and over-extend, failing to keep his feet in front of him on the move. … His impressive weight room figures are negated, as he does not deliver a strong hand punch, despite his upper body strength.

2004 Season

All-Atlantic Coast Conference first-team selection … Started every game at left offensive guard, producing 37 knockdowns while allowing only one sack on 740 plays as the offense averaged 421.7 yards per game … Led a strong offensive line effort that would allow the opposition to record only twenty quarterback sacks for the season.

2003 GAME Analysis

The Citadel … Had a pair of touchdown-resulting blocks, clearing a rush lane used by Josh Allen to break free for a 72-yard scoring scamper in the first quarter and also opened a hole for Sam Maldonado's 3-yard scoring run in the second quarter as the offense generated 484 yards

West Virginia … Collected four knockdowns, joining guard Lamar Bryant in combo blocking linebacker Grant Wiley to open a hole used by tailback Bruce Perry for a 12-yard scoring scamper as the team totaled 498 yards.

Eastern Michigan … Chop blocked linebacker David Lusky on a 14-yard scoring strike from QB Scott McBrien to Danny Melendez as the offense piled up 467 yards.

North Carolina … Credited with four key blocks, including one that took down linebacker Clay Roberson on a 43-yard touchdown pass from Scott McBrien to Josh Allen as the Terps totaled 612 yards.

Virginia … Added four knockdowns and shoved linebacker Ahmad Brooks to the ground on McBrien's 11-yard touchdown pass to find Latrez Harrison as the team gained 469 yards.

Wake Forest … Posted a career-high eleven knockdowns, the most by any player in three years at Maryland … Had the key block on Bruce Perry's 80-yard touchdown run in the third quarter as he sealed off his block creating a large hole in the left side of the line for Perry to burst through.

2003 Season

Started every game, lining up art left guard in thirteen contests and at left tackle in the Georgia Tech clash … Earned honorable mention All-ACC accolades … Recorded a team-high 53 knockdown blocks as the team averaged 389.4 yards per game.

2002 GAME HIGHLIGHTS

Led all offensive linemen with 79 snaps while adding five knockdowns vs. Wake Forest … Second on the team with six knockdowns vs. Clemson … Added five knockdowns on 56 plays vs. North Carolina State … Made a team-high five knockdowns and played a team-leading 53 snaps vs. Duke … In his start at left tackle, he made six knockdowns vs. Georgia Tech, earning named ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week for his efforts … Had a team-high eight knockdowns vs. Akron.

2002 Season

Third-team Freshman All-American by The Sporting News … Graded out as the Terps' top lineman once and the second-best lineman three times (Eastern Michigan, Georgia Tech and Clemson) … Started at left tackle and produced 51 knockdowns as the team totaled 4837 yards.

2001 GAME HIGHLIGHTS

Had one of the finest games of his young career as he graded out as Maryland's top offensive lineman along with Melvin Fowler and registered a team-high six knockdowns vs. Duke, providing the key block to spring Shaun Hill for his 57-yard touchdown run … Named ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week as he posted six knockdowns vs. Wake Forest.

2001 Season

Redshirted as a freshman.

Injury Report

2001: Underwent right shoulder surgery to correct a dislocation and torn ligaments in April.

2003: Bothered in August camp by lower back tendonitis.

Track

Communications major … Maryland scholar-athlete in 2000 and 2001 … Son of Mataska and Clinton Brooks, Sr … .Born Clinton Brooks, Jr. on 8/21/82 … Resides in Morrow, Georgia.

High School

CAMPUS: 5.4 in the 40-yard dash … 375-pound bench press … Bench-pressed 225 pounds 30 times … 695-pound squat … 4.71 20-yard shuttle … 28.5-inch vertical jump … Right-handed … 18/23 Wonderlic score. COMBINE: 5.14 in the 40-yard dash … 2.96 20-yard dash … 1.74 10-yard dash … 4.56 20-yard shuttle … 7.61 three-cone drill … 31.5-inch vertical jump … 9'0" broad jump … Bench pressed 225 pounds 24 times … 36 3/8-inch arm length … 10 -inch hands … 24 Wonderlic score.

Personal

Attended Morrow (Ga.) High School, playing football for coach Tom Vantone … Standout offensive lineman and also lettered in basketball, track and wrestling … Capped his senior season in 1999 by earning honorable mention All-State Class AAA accolades and first-team All-Area recognition … Graded out at 84 percent for blocking consistency during his senior season … Honorable mention All-State and an All-Area selection as a junior for a team which went 10-2 and advanced to the second round of the playoffs.

 
 

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