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2012 NFL Draft: G Brandon Brooks Visits The Chiefs And A Lot Of Other Teams


A couple years ago the Kansas City Chiefs spent a third round pick on a guard out of Illinois who looks like he's the future at the position. Jon Asamoah sat for a season before becoming the starter following Brian Waters' departure last year.

This year, the Chiefs could look to the mid rounds for another future starter at guard. Aaron Wilson of reports that the Miami (Oh.) G Brandon Brooks has visited with the KC Chiefs. In all, he has 23 total visits.

Brooks is an interesting case because he was not invited to the NFL Combine, despite some people now predicting he's a second or third round pick. His pro day was highly attended because he wasn't at the Combine and he didn't disappoint throwing up 25 reps on the bench press and running the 40-yard dash in 5.0 seconds. Not bad for a 6'5", 346-pound offensive lineman.

Brooks also has experience at left tackle and left guard but spent his senior season at right guard.

NFL draft guru Gil Brandt seems to like his numbers.

I don't think anyone expected Brooks, who participated in the East-West Shrine Game, to run as fast or demonstrate as much strength as he did. It's actually a surprise that he wasn't at the combine, but they can invite only so many players. But everyone is looking for big offensive linemen, and this is a big man.

G Ryan Lilja is on the wrong side of 30 and also entering the final year of his contract. I would doubt Lilja is given an extension which means there's an opening for a guard down the line.

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