"John Conner is the glue that helps our offense function. He is a great blocker, catches the ball well and is a powerful runner. Probably going to do more with him not only at fullback but sets with two tight ends, there will be some more reps for John Conner," Brooks said. "He is too good a player to have over there (on the sideline) when we are not in a two-back set. We need to find a different way to get him on there.
"He made some devastating blocks on the kickoff returns. He is on punt coverage team. I would be shocked if he is not drafted."
Brooks went on to say he had toyed with the idea of using Conner at tight end earlier but couldn't get him any work in fall camp because of his ankle sprain.