2019 Raiders Draft Prospect Profile
Name: Nate Brooks
School: The University of North Texas
Weight: 185 pounds
Draft Projection: Day 3
In Conference USA, Brooks faced a wide-open style of quarterbacks that loved to test the boundaries and force defenses to react. That being said, on deep routes, Brooks stayed with receivers, only giving them slack, if he were dropping off the receiver on a route. However, one-on-one, Brooks will stay with the wideout. More importantly, he shows the ability to recover that burst on the stutter go. Meanwhile, Brooks closes on the ball underneath with confidence and enough timing to make a play.
While Brooks can stay with receivers, at North Texas, the scheme called for him to play off quite often. As a result, it will be interesting to see him in a constant press position. Blessed with long limbs, Brooks can use a stiffer jam. Although he weighs around 180-180 pounds, Brooks uses strength to muscle his way in front of the ball.
When recovering from a comeback or underneath route, Brooks will occasionally add that extra step away from the play as a means to gather himself. Yet, with footwork drills, he can easily clean this up.
With the ball in the air, count on Brooks to make a play. With ten interceptions and nineteen deflected passes, he brings a knack for the big play. However, with only 69 yard return yards, Brooks is more of a catch and fall corner. Yet, the hand placement, timing, and depth perception helps him get to the ball.
In all honesty, despite his size, Brooks loves the contact. Whether it is drilling a wideout who highpoints the ball or operating behind the line of scrimmage, he appreciates contact. Ten tackles for lost and a 2:1 solo/assist tackle rate screams this fact. In addition, Brooks displays a powerful punch that dislodges the ball.
If you look at the landscape of the AFC, whether it is the Western Division or conference at large, the Raiders need playmakers in the secondary. Currently pegged as a Day 3 pick, Brooks gives them value and ability. In all honesty, Worley, Melvin, et all do not conjure up much confidence. While he may never start opposite Conley, Brooks can give the secondary depth.