The Green Bay Packers agreed to terms with undrafted free agent Jaymes Brooks, according to NFL.com. Brooks has what football minds like to call intangibles. He's not the ideal height at the guard position and doesn't possess much arm length, but Brooks makes up for it.
He started for three seasons at Virginia Tech—making all 41 starts—proving himself quite durable and consistent. Brooks' versatility also allows for positional flexibility within the interior of the line. Given some development time, many believe he could convert to center in certain schemes.
Brooks played in a predominantly zone-blocking system in college and has stated his interest in playing in a similar scheme in the pros.
What the Experts Are Saying
SportsIlustrated.com finds Brooks to be an intriguing prospect with room for improvement.
Brooks was a solid lineman at Virginia Tech, but he never produced at the level scouts expected. He possesses the body type, strength and athleticism necessary to develop into a starter in the NFL yet must learn to do the little things well and play with proper technique on every down.
Two of the major concerns with Brooks are his overall height and arm length along with the nuances of his technique. SI lists the negative aspects of his game:
Does not start the play with good knee bend. Lazy with his hands and late getting them into defenders. Shows stiffness at the point of attack.
Projected Rookie Impact
Brooks likely won't be asked to step in right away. Given his versatility, the Packers coaching staff very well may want to grade him out at multiple spots. That could extend his development time but also improve his shot at getting onto the field.
Brooks did struggle at times at VT against stout competition on the defensive line. He rotated in and out of the game when stud pass-rushing prospect Quinton Coples proved too much to handle.
Brooks has definite upside, but he may not be ready to contribute right away. Possibly a practice squad type of a signing.