PROS: Physical, tone-setting presence that lined up frequently as an overhang defender and was just asked to blow things up. Thick, stout frame built for triggering downhill and taking on contact. Deals with blocks better than some linebackers. Sound tackler with good hitting power and hitting power. Extremely urgent and is full speed at all times. Can play down in the box and shoot gaps with a ton of success. Outstanding blitzer where his motor and timing shine. Profiles as an elite special teamer when covering kicks.
CONS: Total liability in man coverage. Tight hips and heavy feet make him a liability carrying anyone into space. Doesn’t feel vertical push well at all in his pedal. Zone drops are erratic and he rarely reaches his landmarks. Cover spacing is mostly off and he gets caught between zones or covering grass. Has minimal range and well below average makeup speed. Cannot be trusted in deep zone coverage.
BEST TRAIT - Physicality
WORST TRAIT - Man, Deep Coverage
RED FLAGS - None
Maryland safety Antoine Brooks is a fun player to watch on tape. Everything he does is physical, urgent and done with an alpha mentality. He thrived as an overhang and box defender, shooting gaps and triggering downhill. The concern is that he isn’t likely to find such a role at the next level and his erratic tendencies and limitations in zone and man coverage present difficult challenges for him to overcome in the NFL. The key for Brooks is claiming a role in subpackages as a blitzer/d-gap defender and dominating on special teams.