With the 216 pick in the NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts select Curtis Brooks, DT, Cincinnati.
With the 216th pick, the Indianapolis #Colts select Curtis Brooks!
Welcome to Indy, @_chbrooks !#NFLDraft #ForTheShoe pic.twitter.com/RMALNpP6S9
— The Blue Stable (@TheBlue_Stable) April 30, 2022
Meet Curtis Brooks
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.
More data on Curtis Brooks (DT, Cincinnati) from PFF
Pass Rush Win Rate: 19.3% (best in class)
Run Defense Stop Rate: 13.1% (best)
Pass Rush grade: 90.4 (best)
True Pass Set grade: 92.3 (best)
True Pass Set win rate: 37%!! (best)
Run Defense grade: 69.9 https://t.co/bWVjq7DcWn
— Goodberry (@JoeGoodberry) April 16, 2022
The Colts drafted Cincinnati defensive tackle Curtis Brooks at No. 216 overall in the 6th round.
He’s 6-2 and 287 pounds. He was a late-bloomer but broke out with 12.5 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks last year to help the Bearcats to the College Football Playoff.
— Nate Atkins (@NateAtkins_) April 30, 2022
Oh yeah, we all in on Curtis Brooks. He’s got the juice and I love how he always has a plan when rushing the passer. This is my Day Three Stan pick this year. We all in pic.twitter.com/jbwL1TupNz
— Zach Hicks (@ZachHicks2) April 30, 2022
Good Zoom call with Colts 6th rd pick Curtis Brooks. Says he lingered on the board bc of questions about his weight (too light/290) and age (he’s 24).
“But I’m ready. I’ll remember this.”
The guy’s resume’ is really impressive. And the weight won’t be an issue in this scheme.
— Stephen Holder (@HolderStephen) April 30, 2022