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With the 27th overall selection, the Seattle Seahawks selected Texas Tech linebacker Jordyn Brooks, making him the third linebacker selected.
Starting in 11 games, Brooks had 108 tackles (66 solo, 42 assisted), 20 TFL, and three sacks. In his 46 career collegiate games, he has 360 total tackles (224 solo, 136 assisted), 32 TFL, and 6.5 sacks.
Jordyn Brooks is very good at reading and reacting. He diagnoses runs and playfakes easily and snuffs them out. His agility allows him to easily get home on blitzes. Brooks has the perfect NFL size for an inside linebacker and has been consistent all four years of college. He earned an All-Conference spot every year. Brooks has the speed and awareness to be a solid linebacker for years to come.
He compares favorably to Miami Dolphins second-year pro Jerome Baker, as both are tackle machines who are favorable against the run but could use some work in coverage.
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What the Analysts Say
While his tackle production has been good in all four seasons, it’s hard not to come away from tape study feeling like his numbers should be even higher with his athletic traits and above-average instincts. Attacking blocks with better hand usage and greater physicality should allow him to eliminate some negative reps and become a more impactful player. He’s a potential future starter as an inside linebacker in even or odd fronts, but concerns with coverage duties could impact how teams see him as an every-down linebacker. -Lance Zirlein, NFL Network
Jordyn Brooks was an effective downhill defender for Texas Tech that racked up 360 tackles across four seasons in college, including 108 tackles and 20 tackles for loss in 11 games as a senior. For a team looking for a big, physical and rangy downhill run defender then Brooks is an ideal target. He is an outstanding tackler and effectively shoots gaps. Outside of processing development that is needed, Brooks is completely unproven in coverage despite four seasons of heavy usage in college. Rarely did he ever take a step backwards, work in man coverage or was tasked with defending deeper zones.
While he seemingly has the physical tools to perform, there is likely to be some growing pains as he adds this responsibility to his game. Brooks was often a spy or blitzed on passing downs in college. At a minimum, Brooks should be an early down linebacker and special teams ace but his ability to develop his passing down skills will be critical for him becoming a more complete player. -Joe Marino, The Draft Network
Jordyn Brooks is the perfect fit for a Seahawks defense that has looking to be revitalized. He will line up next to Bobby Wagner and help stop the running plays and get to the quarterback.
Although he’s not as good in coverage, having Bobby Wagner on the field with him will be a huge help in making up for his shortcomings on pass plays.
Brooks is a tackle machine and will be able to snuff out plays easily. He will be a perfect fit in Pete Carroll’s defense, as he knows how to utilize linebackers to their full potential.