Ellis Brooks NFL Draft Prospect Profile and Scouting Report

NFL Prospect Profile: Ellis Brooks, LB, Penn State

Name: Ellis Brooks

School: Penn State

Year: rSr

Position: Linebacker

Measurables: 6’1 3/8th 226




General Info:

Brooks lettered all four years at Benedictine College Preparatory in Mechanicsville, Virginia. Brooks was a two-time team captain. He also played baseball, basketball, and track & field. Played in the Under Armour All-America Game. Selected All-State as a senior. As a senior, he collected 54 tackles, 14 tackles for a loss, and five sacks. He also played some running back carrying the ball 51 times for 345 yards and 7 touchdowns. Brooks was a consensus four-star recruit via Rivals, 247, and ESPN. He signed with Penn State out of high school and went on to redshirt his first season in 2017. As a redshirt freshman in 2018, he played in 13 games. He made 30 tackles on the year with 1.5 tackles for a loss, half a sack, and one interception. Saw a lot of time on special teams. As a Sophomore in 2019, he played in all 13 games again. This season he made 39 tackles with four tackles for a loss, 2.5 sacks. Brooks's Junior year was his first as a starter. He started 9 games. Ellis led the team in tackles with 60. He added 5.5 tackles for a loss, one sack, and two forced fumbles. He saved the best for his final season, starting 11 games and playing in all 12. He was ejected from the Wisconsin game for targeting. Brooks tacked on 100 tackles with three tackles for loss, one sack, and one pass breakup. He opted out of the Outback Bowl to prepare for the NFL draft. Signed with Klutch Sports Agency.


Positional Skills:


Brooks’ game is all based on his physical style of play, especially when it comes to the run game. He is not afraid to mix it up with offensive linemen. He shows good closing speed when he is in range of a quarterback or a ball carrier. When he attacks the line of scrimmage whether in the run game or as a blitzer he does a good job of getting low. Brooks keeps his legs driving when tackling. He is well built and has excellent mass throughout his body. Brooks shows good lower body power. When he lowers the boom you can hear it, he is a good hitter. Has some blitzing skills. Very active, always moving towards the ball. Brooks shows a good tackling technique on film. He will occasionally miss a tackle but nothing to be worried about. Brooks can get skinny to slip past blockers. He has shown he can cover zone in the flats. Brooks has shown to have a developing swipe maneuver to get past blockers as well. He has shown on film an ability to stack and shed



He is undersized at 226. Brooks is a bit on the squatty side though, with short arms (30 3/8”) which do show up at times on the field. When he drops into coverage he uses a side-saddle technique which can hurt his transitions and make it harder to find the ball. He does need to work on his pass rush skills and moves. His eyes need to be more disciplined, he will fall for misdirection or double moves. He does have a bad habit of turning his back to the QB in coverage when he is not supposed to. Due to his size and average athleticism, he is not a player I would trust to consistently cover down the field. He needs to get better at stacking and shedding since he is at a disadvantage due to his length. The former Nittany Lion has not made many plays at Penn State, he is more of a steady Eddie.


Fit with the Packers:

Brooks would be a solid fit with the Packers. He is a bit outside of their thresholds, but he played around 240 and could easily pack a few pounds back on. He would be a similar type of player to McDuffie and should go in the same range. McDuffie was a bit faster but Brooks has more bulk/strength and agility. He could play some early downs on defense. He is the type of physical type of linebacker that you like to have on your roster that brings a kind of old-school mentality to the team and the field. There are some limits to his upside due to some of his physical shortcomings, but if he could improve his coverage skills and his eyes he could be a solid #3 linebacker/special teamer.


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greengold's picture

April 22, 2022 at 06:23 pm

Saw the arm length studying this LB class and, no. Did same for all of them going back almost 300 players deep. There were only 2 I found after R3 that fits what we need. All outside those two struggled in coverage and wrapping up, all with arms < 32”.

I still wouldn’t be too surprised if we ignore this position altogether, and that our LB guru DC took ILB Ray Wilborn under his wing to coach him up to challenge Barnes.

It’s a relatively weak class altogether at ILB, loaded with one dimensional run stop destroyers. Just a handful Day 1-2 have the length to be effective in coverage, and to run stop. Too bad too, because I really like this kid. I liked Ty Summers too… but, levers. Important in the NFL where everybody is bigger, faster.

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BirdDogUni's picture

April 22, 2022 at 07:12 pm

Weak class? Really?

Devin Lloyd
Nakobe Dean
Quay Walker
Christian Harris
Camone Clark
Channing Tindall
Chad Muma
Jesse Luketa
Troy Anderson
Leo Chenal
Brian Asamoah
Jojo Domann

I think we ought to be able to come out of this draft with one of them.

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greengold's picture

April 22, 2022 at 08:45 pm

Yes. Now eliminate those with deficiencies in coverage… it’s a weak class for the most part. Muma is the answer if we can’t get Lloyd. Andersen would need to be coached up significantly in run stop.

I love Christian Harris, but question whether his previous shoulder injury would clear with the Green Bay physicians (No more Kevin Kings - defenders with the shoulder injuries, especially the hitters). I love LSU’s Damon Clark, but he’s got a previous spinal injury…

I really crush on Channing Tindall, but he has no coverage. He’s all search and destroy, but have read scouts and his coaches at Georgia believe he can be coached up to be better in coverage. He was my top choice outside of Lloyd.

Dean & Walker are tough to figure out because their DL in front of them were insanely good at controlling traffic. Walker, quite frankly, scares the shit out of me, because we don’t need another Oren Burks.

Muma. Most complete player outside of Lloyd. Andersen is my #3 choice. Tindall is my #4. Andersen, with proper development could become really special. Hard to believe he struggles in run stop. Outside of that, Ray Wilborn is already far and away better, and he’s already on the team. Joe Barry can coach anybody up, but he can’t make their arms longer…

So what are we talking about then? 4 players in the first 93? After that? 2-4 more, tops? In a draft of over 250 players?

Pretty weak class overall for NFL ready, complete players at ILB. It’s a bummer to me too, because it’s my favorite position on a football team.

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Minniman's picture

April 23, 2022 at 10:15 pm

Troy Anderson is an intriguing prospect. New to LB but has all the measurables. Previously played RB and QB also at Montana State (no, they're not typos). Here's a guy that could easily divide his time between ST and burgeoning ILB. If the Packers were going to take a flyer on a prospect then that is one high upside avenue.

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greengold's picture

April 23, 2022 at 10:54 pm

I agree. He’s insanely talented, and proven coachable.

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LLCHESTY's picture

April 23, 2022 at 01:52 am

I like that Rutgers kid Fatukasi in the 7th round. Slow 40(4.78) but really good 3-cone(6.88) and played a ton of STs snaps. His brother just signed a big FA deal with the Jaguars. He's 240 lbs but doesn't look it. Not sure how long his arms are though.

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LambeauPlain's picture

April 23, 2022 at 07:15 am

The ILB class is behind the OLB/Edge, WR, and OL classes in depth. But as BirdDog listed, has some really good prospects atop the class with some diamonds in the rough in later rounds. Most of which would be huge upgrades over Barnes, who I deem a decent backup/ST type.

I would not be unhappy if Gutey selected one on day one if Lloyd or Dean fell. And if not, I would be happy if he selected one of the top LBs on day 2.

Packer depth at ILB is weak...and if Campbell goes down, yikes!

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