Brooks Reed vs Arizona State 2010 (via JMPasq)
I just found these cut-ups of him against Arizona State, so enjoy if you haven't seen them yet. Some of us here really like Brooks as a prospect for the Jets. Some others don't get it. Well in these clips you really get to see his 1.54 ten yard split in full effect. You can really see his burst off the edge. But for the naysayers of Brooks I want you go to the portion of the tape at 1:47. There you'll see Brooks blitzing of the edge like a LB in a 2-point stance. You will see how he's absolutely explosive from that position, which is pretty much how he'll be utilized as a 34 OLB.
Brooks is a guy that I think played his entire college career out of position. As a 43 DE he never really got to showcase his real talent. It was much easier for college OTs to get a hand on him and slow him down when he was in closer proximity and rushing from a 3-pt stance. However, as a 34 OLB he'll have just enough space where he can use his explosive burst to command the edge and not only win it with pure speed, but also to gain leverage and generate a push.
You can also see in this clip how his speed had such a disruptive effect even on the plays where he couldn't get to the QB. The QB always seemed to be aware of where Brooks was, and he was often forced to step up in the pocket or was flushed out altogether. Having that kind of speed on the edge is something that we need. Our defense is designed to generate the type of pressure that causes QBs to speed up their progressions and rush through their throws. It also forces OTs to get widen their steps out of their stance and creates more space for interior blitzers.
I implore the naysayers to not pay as much attention to his pedestrian stats, and to concentrate on his attributes and how he fits our scheme.