Bio: Three-year starter who posted a career-high 117 tackles as a true freshman, adding 10 tackles-for-loss and four sacks. Sophomore totals included 90\10\8. Started six games as a junior, finishing the year with 27 tackles. Underwent major knee surgery early in 2005. Missed the first three games of '05. Returned against Maryland but suffered an ankle injury which hampered him most of the campaign. Dismissed from Virginia in March after failing several drug tests.
Pos: Large, physical run stuffer who forces the action. Diagnoses the play, scrapes well in the box and explosive up the field. Breaks down playing with leverage, holds his ground against blocks and stays with the action. Strong at the point and easily brings opposing ball carrier down on initial contact. Disciplined with assignments, quickly reacts in coverage and rarely caught out of position. Consistently around the ball making positive plays.
Neg: Lacks a fluid backpedal and better up in the box than in space. Did not show tremendous lateral speed last year. Not considered a hard worker and has character issues.
Analysis: A terrific athlete sporting a great combination of size, speed and explosion, Brooks offers potential at several linebacker spots. Could be used in the middle, on the inside of a 34 defense or possibly on the strong side. When focused and at the top of his game, a dominant middle-line defender who forces the action. Possesses terrific upside but must prove his recent problems are just a blip on the screen. Has All-Pro potential at the next level if he matures as a person and makes football a priority.
Bio: Started 12 games last season, posting 72\11\7. Sophomore totals included 110\9\3 during the 2003. Spent eight months in jail beginning August '04 and missed the season after an arrest on theft and assault charges. Dismissed from the Iowa State program last January after an altercation in which he was found inside a nightclub as an under-aged patron.
Pos: Explosive college pass rusher who displays a good degree of athleticism on the field. Gets off the snap with a quick first step, plays with a nasty attitude and possesses a burst of closing speed. Immediately changes direction and pursues down the line of scrimmage, making plays out to the flanks. Displays solid hand techniques and protects himself from opponents. Effective in space and shows skill in coverage. Chases hard to get involved in the action and loses little momentum when he must alter his angle of attack.
Neg: Lined up in a three-point stance at Iowa State yet lacks the size to do the same in the NFL. Off-the-field incidents caused constant disruption and development in his play the past two seasons.
Analysis: A productive defender who displays a variety of skill, Berryman has the abilities to be used as a rush linebacker in a 34 defense. That being the case, his legal problems makes it unlikely anyone will take a chance on him during the supplemental draft. Likely to be a free agent signing and could stick on a roster if he shows maturity off the field and keeps his nose clean.
Bio: Former US Marine who walked onto the Texas squad in 2003. Carried the ball one time last season for 10 yards. Tour of duty had him seeing action in Afghanistan recently.
Pos: Explosive lead blocker who gives top effort in all aspects of the game. Plays with leverage, displays outstanding vision and always willing to put a pad on defenders. Quick out of his stance, jolts defenders and displays pop at the point of attack.
Neg: Not big for a lead blocker, strong at the point and has trouble finishing blocks. Minimally productive handling the ball. Will be 27 years old this November.
Analysis: A terrific story and solid contributor for Texas in many ways, Hall's lack of playing experience the past two seasons has hurt his development. His combination of size and speed will give Hall an outside opportunity of making a practice squad for a franchise, potentially as a short-yardage ball carrier.
David Dixon/LB/Hutchinson CC/3So/6-2/244/4.50: Juco star who totaled 161 tackles during the '04 season, Dixon was scheduled to enter Kansas State this season but opted for the NFL. Did not play football in 2005 and a developmental prospect whose athletic numbers could land him a spot on a practice squad.
Richard Washington/RB-WR/ North Carolina State: Marginally productive ball handler who was released from the program prior to the '05 campaign. Built more like a receiver and will have to earn his wage as a return specialist.
Marco Martin/DT/Texas: King-sized (360 pounds) defensive tackle with a world of ability but minimal dedication. Played in two games last season for Texas, starting neither.
** Tomorrow evening we will update the word around the league as to where Brooks may end up and if Berryman has any chance of being selected.