Karl Brooks NFL Draft
Karl Brooks

Karl Brooks

  • EDGE Bowling Green
  • Senior
  • #182
  • 6'4"
  • 295lbs
  • Prospect
  • Mid-American

2022 Season

SACK

10

QBH

12

TFL

13

TACK

29

Prospect Summary

Karl Brooks NFL Draft Scouting Report

EDGE, Bowling Green Eagles

Bowling Green defensive lineman Karl Brooks projects as a hybrid-type defensive lineman in the NFL. Brooks has had a tremendous two-year stretch of splash play production for Bowling Green and he will look to continue that momentum into the pro game—although I do have some questions about how he wins against MAC competition and how he will need to play differently against NFL talent to see comparable results. 

Originally an unranked recruit, Brooks played his high school football for Sexton High School in Lansing, Michigan. He was a member of Bowling Green’s recruiting class of 2018 after initially committing to Grand Valley State and receiving minimal offers. Bowling Green offered him late in the process and he quickly flipped his commitment. 

Brooks has some really enjoyable moments on film; he’ll bull-rush tackles or finesse against oversets and come crashing into the pocket to disrupt opposing passers. You wouldn’t necessarily expect such a diverse pass-rush pallet from a bigger guy, but he’s flashing inside counters, spin moves, and all sorts of rush counters with his hands. I like that he is capable of straight bulling soft setting tackles, too—that gives him an element to fall back on as he continues to develop as a player. He’ll need it too, given I don’t think his first step is going to be a consistent threat in the NFL. But he’s going to give himself an opportunity to find snaps on passing downs because he clearly offers a rush plan and he’s a high-motor and effort player who can be relentless in pursuit. He’s a bit of a tweener from a skill set perspective relative to his build and athletic profile, though, and he’s going to have to evolve one way or another to build up his opportunities beyond a designated pass rusher role in the right situation. 

Brooks’ ability to stack blocks and negotiate the point of attack is in need of further development if he’s going to play on early downs or be a starter someday. I don’t have a great deal of certainty in the functional length that he plays with and I don’t see the same pop in his hands when linemen are driving toward him as I do when he’s afforded the chance to attack into his rushes and that costs him leverage and ground at the point. Teams who want to run the ball will likely test him early in his career if he’s on the field until he can right the pad-level inconsistencies and find a power posture more often. Even then, his violence and efficiency to disengage and deconstruct need to have more to it. 

Expectations for Brooks are difficult to forecast. He’s facing a significant leap in competition and I’m not sold his athletic profile has him suited to fulfill one traditional role or another on a defensive front. I foresee him being a developmental-type player who will need reconditioning to either facilitate more burst or more raw strength in his game before he finds his way onto the football field. 

Top Reasons to Buy In:

  • Highly-productive sack artist with great production the last two years
  • Heavy hands and power to collapse blockers and play on the plus side of the line of scrimmage
  • High-effort player from snap to whistle
  • Pleasant variety as a pass rusher to attack and adjust mid-rush

Top Reasons For Concern:

  • Body type is unorthodox and length to stack and extend is in question
  • Illustrates some tightness through his frame, limiting his projection to corner and flatten against NFL blockers
  • Run-defending skills are very boom or bust

Size (TBD):

Height: 6040

Weight: 290 lbs

Wingspan: TBD

Arm Length: TBD

Hand Size: TBD

Athletic Testing (TBD):

40-yard Dash: TBD

Vertical Jump: TBD

Broad Jump: TBD

Short-Shuttle: TBD

Three-Cone: TBD

Bench Reps: TBD 

Ideal Role: Base end

Scheme Fit: Under front base defensive structure

Prospect Comparison: Curtis Weaver (2020 NFL Draft)

TDN Consensus Grade: 71.00/100 (Fifth-Round Value)

  • Crabbs Grade: 71.00/100

Written By: Kyle Crabbs

Exposures: UCLA (2022), Mississippi State (2022), Central Michigan (2022), Toledo (2022), New Mexico State (2022)

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