The Seahawks did something they have not done in eight years. They kept their first-round pick and drafted former Texas Tech linebacker, Jordyn Brooks. The drafting of Brooks was somewhat of a mild surprise. If the Seahawks were to keep their pick the sure bet was that it would be used on a defensive lineman. A player who would bolster one of the worst pass-rushing defenses in the NFL. Instead, head coach Pete Carroll and General Manager John Schneider went with the best player available at the time.
With Brooks the Seahawks are getting a 6’1 240 pound linebacker who can cover the field from sideline to sideline A player who is fundamentally sound with speed and athleticism. Brooks led the Red Raiders in tackles in three of his four collegiate seasons. 2019 Brooks played weakside linebacker and recorded 108 total tackles, including a BIG-12 leading 20 tackles for loss. Brooks athletic abilities have garnered comparisons to Bobby Wagner.
What will get Brooks on the field is his commitment and dedication to improving each day. The versatility to play several positions behind the defensive line will increase his chances of making an immediate impact. Look for Brooks’s growth to mirror that of Cody Barton who saw his contribution and playing time grow as the season progressed.
The knock on Brooks has been his inability to use his feet when making contact with the ball career. Specifically, pursuit angles in the pass game. Improving young players fundamentals to fit the pro the game is something Pete Carroll and has prided himself on .