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With the 216 pick in the NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts select Curtis Brooks, DT, Cincinnati.

Meet Curtis Brooks

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Brooks is from Danville, Virginia, where he was a dual-sport athlete. Chris Ballard loves his former basketball players, and it shows up again with another former basketball player. Brooks redshirted his first year at Cincinnati. He missed multiple games his “senior” year but was given an extra year because of Covid. His reason for taking it? He was not happy with how his last potentially last season turned out. He was a part of a complete 180 at Cincinnati. The whole program was turned around while Brooks was a part of it. Brooks went on to finish his collegiate career totaling 12 sacks. Brooks will undoubtedly come in with a chip on his shoulder after being upset over not receiving an invite to the combine. However, Brooks received high praise from a Cincinnati coach calling him the defensive MVP.


Curtis Brooks comes into a great system and will be playing behind some great players, which will give him time to grow. Brooks comes in a bit undersized at 6’0″ and weighs 285lbs. Brooks plays with a low pad level. This is a good sign; however, he is naturally lower to the ground and will be smaller than most offensive linemen. One thing you can count on with Brooks is that he will play with good technique. The coaching staff at Cincinnati has done an overall great job at developing these players. Brooks should take the Taylor Stallworth role on the defense. Should he make the roster? He’s entering a defensive line room that lost multiple pieces in the offseason.

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