Unheralded Brooks shines at Miami (Ohio) pro day

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.

Take a look at the full 2012 pro days schedule.

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