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Brooks could be headed for a second-round selection after starting 13 games last season for the national champions, seeing extensive playing time at both strong and free safety. He made 56 tackles, including eight for loss, while helping cause four turnovers (two forced fumbles, two interceptions). Lauded for his versatility and high football IQ, Brooks looks to be a solid addition to any secondary, even if he may never develop into a star performer. He is blazing fast, running the 40-yard dash in 4.42 seconds at the combine for one of the quickest times among defensive backs. That speed allows him to match up with slot receivers in pass coverage or chase down runners along the sideline. Brooks is also quite athletic, with a 38-inch vertical leap and 119-inch broad jump, both of which were among the best in the safety class. All of those attributes make Brooks a better fit for a zone defense than man coverage, as he isn't the strongest player (only 10 bench press reps at the combine) and could struggle with physical pass-catchers. The former Seminole should be an impact defender because of his speed and ability to make plays all over the field, the reason he should be one of the first safeties off the board. Brooks had 14 pass break-ups over the past three seasons and doesn't shy away from contact, though he's a bit smaller than most NFL teams would like in a safety.