Draft Diamond: Brandon Brinkley , Houston

Houston cornerback Brandon Brinkley has been a starter at cornerback since his freshman season, and is one of just a handful of players in Houston history to have competed in four bowl games during their collegiate careers. Brinkley’s next task: make an impact at the next level.

This season Brinkley was fifth on the team with 75 tackles, including 50 solo stops, and second with four interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown. As a junior he led the team with 15 pass breakups, ranked fifth with 74 tackles, and—as was the case this past season—had four interceptions and brought one back for a touchdown.

Brinkley knows that going against the Cougars’ wide open passing attack in practice every day has helped him become a better overall player.

“The NFL is turning into a passing game, and with the offense that we have

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