Greg Brooks Jr. 2023 NFL Draft Scouting Report
- Arkansas Transfer
- Three-year starter at Arkansas
- Scheme tendencies: Can play both zone and man
- 2022 projected role: Nickel/safety
Pros: Greg Brooks Jr. is a defensive back with more than three years of SEC experience and a high IQ. This high IQ allows Brooks Jr. to play multiple positions effectively. On any given play, Brooks Jr. can be aligned at safety, nickel, or aligned as an extra linebacker. Brooks Jr. looks most comfortable and is most effective as a nickel player. From the nickel position, Brooks Jr. can make plays blitzing from the edge. He can also use his short-area range to make plays as a zone defender in pass coverage. Brooks Jr.’s high IQ will allow him to be the versatile defender that this LSU defense needs as they have had uncharacteristic plays over the last couple years that have led to explosive plays by the opposing offense.
Cons: Greg Brooks Jr.’s issues come from his combination of not having a true position. Brooks Jr.’s frame appears to be that of a natural corner, but there are speed concerns that arise for him at that alignment. And when he is moved to the nickel position, his size becomes a concern. At the nickel position, Brooks Jr. has to become a run defender but this appears to be too much for him at times. Brooks Jr. often bounces off of ball carriers and just doesn’t seem to have the size and strength to be considered a sure tackler. While the nickel position is Brooks Jr.’s best position in pass coverage, the run issues are hard to overlook, suggesting that maybe he can play safety where he isn’t asked to be involved in run support as much.
Greg Brooks Jr. NFL Draft Scouting Report by Keith Sanchez