According to Scout.com's Ed Thompson, who spoke with Robert Brewster, Indianapolis spent some time with the Ball State prospect at his Pro Day on February 26th.
During his four-year college career, he played in 42 games and was a full-time starter at right tackle his last two seasons with the Cardinals. He participated in a full workout at the Combine, measured in at 6-feet-4 and 325 pounds, running a 5.31 40 and putting up 23 reps on the bench press.
He did not work out on the 26th, but he is also not prepared to stand on his numbers from the Combine. He will work out for scouts on March 20th instead, which should give him some time to work on his 40-yard dash and add a some muscle to his frame in order to put up a more impressive number of reps on the bench.
Ball State's Robert Brewster
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Brewster is currently the 17th-rated tackle on Scout.com's big board and the 242nd-rated player overall, but his stock has been on the rise since the Combine and his Pro Day, so those rankings could certainly become more favorable by the time the draft rolls around towards the end of April.
The reason that he might continue to rise in the estimation of scouts and general managers has less to do with his workout numbers on the 20th and more to do with the fact that his current ranking is based on how he would project as a right tackle — or as a tackle at all — on an NFL team.
Although he's certainly imposing, he's actually a little small to play right tackle, especially for the Colts, who currently have Ryan Diem's massive 6-feet-6 frame patrolling the strong side of the formation. Teams are looking for bigger and bigger players on the right side — as evidenced by the value placed on Gosder Cherilus heading into last year's draft — and Brewster simply may not measure up.
On the left side, they're looking for players with range and the ability to get wide on a speed rushing end. Brewster certainly has quick feet and is accustomed to pass blocking, having played at Ball State, but his arms and hands — and, by proxy, his wingspan — measured on the small side of all the tackles at the Combine. Since he's also shorter than most of those men, scouts may take a look at his wingspan and his size and decide that he just doesn't fit.
The other aspect of the evaluation process working against him is that this is a particularly strong year for tackles and teams that are in search of a quality bookend have more attractive options at their disposal. But the time everyone has their guy, there may be no spots left for Brewster.
However, there are two key reasons that he could hear his name called earlier on the second day than most might expect: He's different than other tackle prospects in this draft and therefore might stand out and he may project better as a guard — especially for the Colts — in a weak draft class for interior linemen.
The first possibility would put him on a team that favors smaller, more agile linemen such as Houston, Denver, or Atlanta, and most likely place him out of the realm of interest for the Colts.
The second possibility, though, makes a lot of sense for Indianapolis and Brewster, since the only guard under 6-feet-3 for the Colts is Ryan Lilja and two of them — Jamey Richard (who is also the backup center) and Charlie Johnson — are 6'5". Johnson has the most in common with Brewster, since neither quite fits at tackle, but both are versatile enough to play both guard and tackle in a pinch.
If other NFL teams decide to overlook him because he's not an ideal tackle, that will be a huge benefit for the Colts and their draft strategy. If, however, Brewster lets the genie out of the bottle and decides to run position drills at guard on March 20th, then Indianapolis will have some tight competition in attempting to secure his services.
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