This year I wrote the player rankings and evaluations for the USA Today 2012 NFL Draft magazine. It's on newsstands now and available online here. Leading up to the draft, I'll be reprinting some of my quick reports here.
Jaymes Brooks, Virginia Tech
Height: 6'2, Weight: 310 pounds
Strengths: Has a powerful lower half to sit into his position and anchor the run game. Strong enough to push the pile. Helped lead one of the best rushing offenses in college football the past few seasons. Plays low, which give him good leverage against defenders. Technically sound. Gets good hand placement and locks out properly.
Weaknesses: Average to poor quickness off the line of scrimmage. Struggles in pass protection because he has speed and footwork issues. Doesn’t have great length or size for the position. Struggles when working on the move and will be restricted to being an in-line blocker. Exclusively a right side player.