Filling the gaping hole that has been created at the Guard postion this offseason has been a major area of concern for the Cincinnati Bengals. They may not have to look more than 45 minutes North for the potential answer. If the Bengals decide to hit other areas in the first two days in April's NFL Draft, a major steal could be found with Miami University's Brandon Brooks, who by most accounts impressed scouts at the Redhawks' Pro Day.
After not receiving an invite to the NFL Combine, the 6'5", 346-pound lineman looked impressive as the results of his drills stacked up to those in Indianapolis. Joe Reedy tells CincyJungle.com's Anthony Cosenza that scouts for the Bengals were most likely in attendance, to witness Brooks run just under five seconds in the forty-yard dash, and complete 36 reps in the bench press, finishing behind only one athlete at the Combine in each respective category.
If the Bengals decide to fill the holes in the secondary or pick up a second receiver to compliment budding star A.J. Green in the early rounds, they could use a third, or maybe even fourth-round pick to draft the two-time Second Team All-MAC offensive lineman. Rated right around the top ten at the position, Brooks could potentially work his way in to the starting line-up for a Cincinnati Bengals team looking to protect its young, growing quarterback. With his combination of strength and agility, Brooks may be the answer.
Cincy Jungle's draft expert, Joe Goodberry, ranks Brooks as his eleventh-best guard in this year's draft and gives him a middle-round grade. Brooks is also seen as a player that could play multiple positions on the offensive line which is a quality that Marvin Lewis and Paul Alexander seem to love in their big boys. Labeled as a sleeper pick as well as the best player to be snubbed from the Combine, Brooks could be a guy that fits the profile of a player that the Bengals covet.