As you will soon see, Brandon Brooks is my favorite player in this draft, and if the Lions do not draft him they will be missing out on the next big thing at guard (in more ways than one). Also, he should definitely be available for the Lions in the third round if they make a trade.
For the Lions to get an early third-round pick, they will have to sacrifice a pick in next year's draft, as well as their later picks from 2012. According to the draft trade values, the Lions should be able to trade their fifth-rounder this year, as well as their two seventh-rounders and their fourth-rounder next year for the St. Louis Rams' third-round pick. This will be the second pick of the third round.
The Rams would be good trade partners because with three picks in the first two rounds, they have less of a need for their third-rounder. Also, more picks next year would give them even more of a stranglehold over that draft.
Brooks is a monster human being and weighed in at 346 lbs at his pro day. His other key measurements are his 6'5" height and also 33.5" arms. However, despite this massive bulk, he is possibly the best athlete for his size in this draft.
Yes, better than Dontari Poe.
At his pro day, Brooks ran a 4.98 40-yard dash with a 1.71 second 10-yard split. He also had a 32" vertical leap and a 4.52-second short shuttle. Oh, and he put up 225 lbs 36 times.
All these numbers are equal to or better than those Poe managed. Combine this freakish athleticism with his improving technique and movement skills and you have one hell of a day-two guard.
Brooks was also a superstar at the East-West Shrine game, and comfortably dominated every defensive lineman who lined up opposite him. He is at his best in the run game where his bulk and strength allows him to manhandle his opponents and nullify them. However, he is a capable pass-protector as well who started at left tackle in college, and has quick enough feet, length and power. This should allow him to be a great all-around guard once he improves his technique a bit more.
The Lions also need a big upgrade at right guard with the incumbent Stephen Peterman lacking as a run-blocker and on the wrong side of 30. In reality, Brooks would probably be an upgrade on Peterman from day one, and allow the Lions to shed the large contract that Peterman has.
Brooks is also an ideal fit for the Lions' man-blocking system, which relies on big bodies and powerful men to beat defensive linemen one-on-one at the line of scrimmage. This suits Brooks' style of play, and in this sort of system Brooks should develop into a better guard than Carl Nicks, who recently signed a massive contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Book it!