Keith Brooking is known for his speed, but as far as he's concerned, his NFL career got off to a slow start. Picked 12th in the '98 draft, Brooking felt stifled while backing up veteran Cornelius Bennett at outside linebacker during his rookie year. "Sundays were the toughest," says Brooking, a 6'2" 242-pounder who shone on special teams and in the nickel defense. "We were winning, which was great, but I so desperately wanted to be a bigger part of it. It made me hungrier." Eager to get Brooking on the field full time, the Falcons waived Bennett in the off-season. Coach Dan Reeves compares Brooking to John Mobley, the Broncos' standout third-year linebacker, who "uses his speed to make up for his inexperience."