NFL Draft 2022: 5 prospects who could be day one starters for New York Giants
DL Curtis Brooks, Cincinnati:
With both Danny Shelton and Austin Johnson’s contracts expiring this off-season, there is a good chance the New York Giants look to the draft to replace the two veterans, and Curtis Brooks is a great sleeper pick for the team.
Coming in at 6-foot-2, 285 pounds, Brooks had himself a great season at Cincinnati, tallying 50 combined tackles, 9 sacks, 6 QB hits, 28 QB hurries, 12.5 tackles for loss, and 1 forced fumble in 13 games played this season.
Something that I like a lot about Brooks is his flexibility on the defensive line, lining up in both the A and B gaps for the majority of the season while also lining up over the tackle a good amount.
His potential as a swiss army knife type of player makes him special, as his ability to move around on the defensive line is something the NY Giants truly need, especially against the run.
Brooks possesses deadly hands, which he uses to decimate opposing offensive linemen off the line of scrimmage to make plays.
The biggest negative with Brooks, however, is that he sometimes lacks an array of pass blocking moves, choosing to rely on his strength instead, this causes him to become inconsistent when attacking the QB at times.
Despite this weakness, Curtis Brooks still has tons of potential, if the NY Giants coaches could work with him to develop more pass-rushing moves, he could be a star in this league.
If Curtis Brooks’ tools develop quickly at the next level, he will be a truly special player for the NY Giants.