17. Cincinnati Bengals: Brandon Brooks, OG
After his time in Philly concludes in the distant future, Brandon Brooks may go down as one of their best offseason signings of this era. Since he’s an offensive lineman, you don’t really hear his name a bunch. But Brooks is just as talented as anybody on that front line. We didn’t know that would be the case in 2016 when Brooks was struggling to get onto the field, but the following two seasons he’s been phenomenal.
In 2012, Brooks wasn’t viewed as a first-rounder by scouts and teams. Instead, he landed with the Houston Texans in the third round of the draft. Similar to his time in Philly, Brooks struggled to get on the field during his first year with the Texans. After that, though, he became a starter.
Brooks would eventually test the free agency market after his time in Houston came to an end, and he became one of the Eagles’ biggest signings during the 2016 offseason. And by now, we can confidently say that he’s been living up to his contract. The Eagles just have to hope that he returns the same way after a critical injury, which he suffered at the end of last season.