Former Penn State linebacker Ellis Brooks has signed with the Green Bay Packers as a priority free agent.
Brooks was a four-star recruit out of Benedictine High School in Richmond, VA.
The 6-2, 233 pounder played for Penn State for five seasons, with the past two as a starter. In his career at Penn State, Brooks recorded 230 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, five sacks, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, one interception and one pass breakup.
In 2021, Brooks started 11 games, led the team with 100 tackles and was recognized as a second-team All-Big Ten selection. Brooks accomplished all of this despite a thumb injury.
Brooks wasn’t invited h the NFL combine but showcased his athletic ability at Penn State’s Pro day by putting in 23 reps in the bench press, a 4.77 40-yard yard time, a 33.5 vertical jump and a broad jump of 9 feet, 2 inches.
Brooks opted to enter the NFL draft when he could have stayed in school for another year because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Brooks will join fellow Nittany Lion Rasheed Walker as rookies on the Packers.