2012 Draft: Getting To Know CB Ron Brooks

Have you ever been in a situation where you were being overshadowed by someone else? If you’re honest at all, the answer to that question would be yes. Perhaps you currently work in the same department with someone who outperforms on a regular basis. Or maybe you can remember the kid in school who always seemed to make better grades than you, and everybody else for that matter. While playing the proverbial second fiddle can be frustrating at times, it can also be a rewarding experience because it can challenge us in ways that can eventually bring out the best in us.


Several years ago, I experienced this overshadowing first hand while playing wide receiver and cornerback for my brother-in-law’s city league flag football team here in Austin (Tx). I had the privilege of playing with a teammate that had the same name as me, but this is where the commonalities ended. Although I’ve always had above-average speed, he introduced me to a completely different stratosphere of speed that I had never seen live before. His upper gears were simply a thing of beauty to witness. It wasn’t just straight-line speed either. He possessed every facet of speed one could imagine. Explosive breakaway speed? Had it. Cat quickness? Check. Extreme lateral agility? You know it. Honestly, it was a privilege just to compete on the same field as this guy, and even though his speed didn’t magically transfer its way into my DNA, I was able to experience growth while I had him as a teammate. Join me after the jump to learn more about Ron Brooks, a very talented cornerback, who has been largely overlooked in the past two seasons because of who he played with.

After playing cornerback alongside Patrick Peterson and Morris Claiborne during much of his playing career at LSU, he might tell you that his game improved immensely as a result of playing in the background. Maybe being overshadowed and underappreciated motivated him in a way that he wouldn’t have been otherwise. Whatever the case may be, his numbers are hard to ignore. If you don’t believe me, just take a quick peek at the comparison of the three best cornerbacks at LSU over the last three years.

Patrick Peterson

Int

TD

Sacks

TFL

FF

PBU

QB Hurr

2009

2

1

0

0

0

13

0

2010

4

0

0

1.5

0

6

1

Morris Claiborne Statistics

Int

TD

Sacks

TFL

FF

PBU

QB Hurr

2010

5

0

0

1

0

6

1

2011

6

1

0

1

0

6

1

Ron Brooks Statistics

Int

TD

Sacks

TFL

FF

PBU

QB Hurr

2010

1

1

1

6

1

3

1

2011

2

2

3.5

6.5

2

6

3

I don’t actually understand how he’s seemed to fall through the cracks. I realize it’s partly because of how good the guys were next to him, but his production is undeniable. In fact, if you examine the numbers closely, you will find that the only thing Brooks has less of is interceptions and passes broken up. Even so, all three of his interceptions were returned for touchdowns.In addition to forcing fumbles, he has a knack for making plays the backfield. At 5' 11" and 193 lbs, he is also similar to Claiborne and Peterson in size. To be sure, he is a burner and is expecting to run a sub 4.4 forty, possibly even in the 4.35 range. For some odd reason, I’ve seen him mocked as a late 6th or 7th round pick, but I don’t believe that will be the case, after teams get a look at him in person. Additionally, he is exceptional on special teams. Watch the video of Mr. Brooks (and Eric Reid, who is a stud safety that may come out after his Junior season next year) below and tell me what you think in the poll that follows.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Cat Scratch Reader

You must be a member of Cat Scratch Reader to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Cat Scratch Reader. You should read them.

Join Cat Scratch Reader

You must be a member of Cat Scratch Reader to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Cat Scratch Reader. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker