NFL Draft

2022 NFL Draft Player Profiles: Penn State LB Ellis Brooks

From now until the 2022 NFL Draft takes place, we hope to scout and create profiles for as many prospects as possible, examining their strengths, weaknesses, and what they can bring to an NFL franchise. These players could be potential top 10 picks, all the way down to Day 3 selections and priority undrafted free agents. Today, I’ll be profiling Penn State LB Ellis Brooks.

#13 Ellis Brooks/LB Penn State – 6013, 226 lbs.


Player Ht/Wt Hand Size Arm Length Wingspan
Ellis Brooks 6013/226 9 3/4″ 30 3/8″ 74 1/2″
40-Yard Dash 10-Yard Dash Short Shuttle 3-Cone
4.77 1.62 4.31 7.28
Broad Jump Vertical Bench Press
9’2″ 33.5″ 23

The Good

— Good athlete and easy-mover forward and backwards, shows sideline-to-sideline range
— Able to work over and around blocks in run game, uses quickness to stay clean
— Finds ball and meets runner when he’s able to diagnose and see the play
— Reliable tackler who gets the runner down
— High production in 2021, several double-digit tackle performances
— Gets depth in zone coverage, effective as middle defender in C2 calls
— Durable and available player
— Shows effectiveness as a blitzer

The Bad

— Undersized and lacks bulk, looks like a big safety playing linebacker, poor length
— Has trouble shedding blocks, prefers to go around and has trouble if he can’t
— Too easily washed and moved when linemen are able to lock onto him
— Doesn’t react quick enough to what’s happening in front of him, slow to read and can be late driving downhill to fill his gap
— Will try to back up against linemen and plays too tentative
— Not an impactful hitter, drag-down player against bigger players and can get carried
— Didn’t make a ton of high-level or splash plays
— Did not test well (5.54 RAS score)
— Bit tight-hipped when changing directions and driving in zone coverage backpedal
— Not a ton of starting experience


— 20 career starts for Nittany Lions
— Career: 230 tackles (15 TFL), 5.5 sacks, 2 FFs, 1 INT
— 2021: 100 tackles (3.5 TFL), 1 sack
— Had 16-tackle performance against Michigan, first Penn State player with that many tackles since 2016
— Four-star recruit out of Mechanicsville, Virginia, chose PSU over Maryland, Michigan, Notre Dame, Cornell, Princeton and others (26 total offers)
— RB/LB in high school, 54 tackles (14 TFL) and five sacks as senior in HS with seven rushing scores on 51 carries
— Team captain in high school
— First lieutenant with Corps of Cadets in HS
— Friends with former Penn State and NFL QB/RB Michael Robinson
— Turns 23 in June

Tape Breakdown

Penn State linebacker Ellis Brooks gets lost in the shuffle of the many stellar Nittany Lion defenders this draft season. But he came on scene in a big way in 2021 with a 100-tackle season. He had gaudy tackle stats against quality competition too. 11 tackles against Wisconsin and Illinois, 14 versus Iowa, and 16 of them against Michigan. He was a tackling machine.

When he sees and reads it, Brooks is able to beat blocks by going over and around and finding the ball-carrier. Couple examples.


He did move better than his workout numbers indicate too. He’s a short-strider but runs well in a line and can shoot gaps.

On the negative size, he’s pretty small and lacks length. He doesn’t seem to have a Mock Draftable web but it wouldn’t look good in most categories and his RAS score is middling. His smaller frame causes him to get swallowed up when he can’t go around blocks and the fact he wants to go around them will make him prone to being out of his gap and out of position.

Brooks also needs to process quicker and come downhill. He can be too hesitant and tentative and late to find the ball. When he sees it, he’s quick, but it’s too inconsistent right now trying to figure out what’s going on ahead of him. Compare him to teammates here.



Overall, Brooks put up good tackling numbers in school but didn’t offer much splash beyond that. Even his TFL numbers were low, 3.5% his senior season. He moves well-enough and is a decent tackler, though bigger guys tend to drag him along, and he’s likely going to have to find a home on special teams in order to stick on a roster. Not a guy I’m super excited about overall. My comparison is a recent one, 2021 West Virginia prospect Tony Fields II.

Projection: Late Day Three-Priority UDFA

Depot Draft Grade: 5.9 – Undrafted Free Agent (PUDFA)

Games Watched: at Wisconsin (2021), vs Indiana (2021), vs Michigan (2021)

Previous 2022 NFL Draft Player Profiles
QB Sam Howell OL Kenyon Green LB Chad Muma C Tyler Linderbaum
OT Trevor Penning QB Malik Willis WR Treylon Burks QB Kenny Pickett
WR Romeo Doubs DL Phidarian Mathis LB Damone Clark QB Desmond Ridder
OT Daniel Faalele LB Devin Lloyd OG Zion Johnson LB Nate Landman
DL Devonte Wyatt WR Charleston Lambo OL Luke Fortner QB Matt Corral
WR Jalen Tolbert DL Eyioma Uwazurike OT Charles Cross DL Travis Jones
WR Dontario Drummond CB Roger McCreary QB Carson Strong DB Jalen Pitre
CB Ahmad Gardner LB Christian Harris CB Kalon Barnes LB Aaron Hansford
OG Ed Ingram OL Cade Mays DL Matthew Butler TE Charlie Kolar
WR Alec Pierce  DL Perrion Winfrey CB Coby Bryant OT Ikem Ekwonu
LB Leo Chenal WR John Metchie III LB JoJo Domann OT Abraham Lucas
WR Skyy Moore OT Rasheed Walker DB Daxton Hill CB Kaiir Elam
RB Leddie Brown WR Jahan Dotson RB Dameon Pierce S Kyle Hamilton
WR Garrett Wilson OT Tyler Smith WR George Pickens LB Troy Anderson
OL Darian Kinnard OL Tyrese Robinson S Jaquan Brisker WR David Bell
DL John Ridgeway LB Malcolm Rodriguez WR Chris Olave CB Kyler Gordon
EDGE Myjai Sanders WR Christian Watson LB Channing Tindall DL DeMarvin Leal
CB Joshua Williams OL Jamaree Sayler DL Thomas Booker RB Jashaun Corbin
S Lewis Cine WR Danny Gray DB Verone McKinley III iOL Chasen Hines
EDGE Nik Bonitto OT Bamidele Olaseni CB Andrew Booth Jr. CB Alontae Taylor
DB Cam Taylor-Britt CB Derek Stingley Jr. OT Max Mitchell NT Jordan Davis
WR Justyn Ross ATH Wan’Dale Robinson CB Dallis Flowers WR Velus Jones
S Nick Cross DL Zach Carter LB Josh Ross RB Hassan Haskins
CB Cobie Durant CB Tariq Woolen H-Back Connor Heyward S Bryan Cook
WR Bo Melton EDGE Travon Walker S Tycen Anderson WR Emeka Emezie
DT Jayden Peevy C Alec Lindstrom WR Drake London EDGE Arnold Ebiketie
EDGE Sam Williams WR Jalen Nailor DL Logan Hall RB Mataeo Durant
TE Ko Kieft WR Tyquan Thornton S Scott Nelson S Leon O’Neal
OT Jean Delance EDGE James Houston IV S Smoke Monday CB Zyon McCollum
WR Kevin Austin Jr. iOL Brock Hoffman WR Isaiah Weston WR Jameson Williams
OT Bernhard Raimann CB Martin Emerson Jr. WR Calvin Austin RB Pierre Strong
OT Nicholas Petit-Frere WR Jaquarii Roberson OL Zach Tom LB Jeremiah Moon
CB Jack Jones FB Zander Horvath OL Spencer Burford RB Tyler Goodson
CB Josh Jobe RB Ty Chandler S Yusuf Corker EDGE Luiji Vilain
EDGE Kingsley Enagbare OG Thayer Munford DT Eric Johnson EDGE DeAngelo Malone
CB Mario Goodrich WR Josh Johnson LB/EDGE Jesse Luketa S Joey Blount
EDGE Josh Pascal EDGE Jeffery Gunter LB Brandon Smith S Nolan Turner
EDGE David Ojabo WR Braylon Sanders RB Sincere McCormick CB Jayln Armour-Davis
EDGE Ali Fayad LB Terrel Bernard EDGE Boye Mafe RB Ty Davis-Price
LB Brian Asamoah RB Isaih Pacheco CB Tariq Castro-Fields RB Jerome Ford
RB Tyler Allgeier EDGE Amare Barno RB Kryen Williams RB Zamir White
RB Kennedy Brooks CB Cordale Flott CB Isaac Taylor-Stuart QB Chris Oladkoun
WR Deven Thompkins CB Damarri Mathis RB James Cook EDGE Dominque Robinson
C Cam Jurgens OT Ben Petrula LB James Skalski LB Mark Robinson
RB Tyler Badie WR Samori Toure iDL Kurt Hinish NT Neil Farrell Jr.
WR Khalil Shakir OL Sean Rhyan OL Andrew Stueber TE Chase Allen
WR Jerreth Sterns WR Tyler Fryfogle S Isaiah Pola-Mao OL Luke Goedeke
TE Cole Turner TE Jeremy Ruckert WR Tre Turner TE Daniel Bellinger
S Elijah Hicks S Quentin Lake QB Cole Kelley TE Isaiah Likely
RB Brian Robinson WR Erik Ezukanma S Markquese Bell EDGE Drake Jackson
WR Stanley Berryhill III OL Cordell Volson OL Dylan Parham S Reed Blankenship
TE Austin Allen WR Javion Heiligh OT Kellen Diesch QB Bailey Zappe
CB Maykael Wright EDGE George Karlaftis TE Jelani Woods S JT Woods
To Top