The Baltimore Ravens filled a glaring need at the safety position with the selection of Terrence Brooks out of Florida State with the 79th overall pick.
In his collegiate career, Brooks, the 5’11, 200 pound speedster started his last 27 games (14 at free safety, 13 at strong safety) appearing in a total of 48 contests, as he recorded 126 tackles (88 solo), with a 13-yard sack and 9.5 stops for losses of 36 yards.
In addition, Brooks produced the fastest time (4.42) in the 40 among all the safeties attending the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine.
In back to back picks the Ravens selected two defensive players out of Florida state and Brooks could not be happier to come to the Ravens with his former teammate Timmy Jernigan.
“Honestly, it’s kind of crazy, because the whole time I was like, ‘If I could take one guy with me, it would be Timmy.” Brooks stated in a conference call with members of the media.
“I just know we do damage together. We did it at Florida State; we can do it anywhere. I’m just real happy to have him with me, and I know there is another real strong safety over there in Matt Elam. I just can’t wait to get into that physical defense. I’ll feel right at home.”
The selection of Brooks will finally free up current safety Matt Elam to play his more natural position of strong safety.
“To tell you the truth, either one. Florida State did a real good job of keeping us all interchangeable and versatile, so anywhere I’m plugged in, really, I can learn it fast and just get ready to go.”
When asked about the relationship he and Matt Elam will form on the back end of the defense after spending a few years as rivals in college, Brooks was all business.
“All I’ve got to say is we don’t play for those teams anymore. We’re working together now to get one common goal and set a certain standard out there,” Brooks said.
I can’t wait to play with him. It’s going to be amazing. I can’t wait.”
The excitement that was exhibited by Brooks is a quality that the Ravens seem to covet. And it was on full display when he spoke about being a member of the organization.
“I felt like they needed a safety. I just felt like a lot of teams needed a safety this year, and they just kept passing me up,” Brooks exclaimed.
“So, I just knew that at least one of them was going to bite, and I’m glad it’s the Ravens. They already have Timmy [Jernigan] there, and I love that team from just how physical they are. That’s how I play my game – just so physical and mean – and I love being in that black. It’s amazing.”
While the Ravens waited until the third to go after the their safety, Ozzie and company expect Brooks to make an impact from day one.
So far in 2014 Ravens draft picks have been anything but sexy, however the picks have been productive, at least on paper.
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