Why Seahawks fans should be excited about Jordyn Brooks

The Seattle Seahawks got a fast, physical defender in Texas Tech linebacker Jordyn Brooks

The Seattle Seahawks were responsible for one of the more surprising picks of the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Shockwaves were sent through the nation when they announced the selection of Texas Tech linebacker Jordyn Brooks with the 27th pick.

The selection was met with mostly negative reviews, but we’re here to tell you why the Seahawks should be excited about Brooks.

Brooks was the heart and soul of the Red Raiders defense throughout his time in Scarlet and Black. He leaves Texas Tech for the pros after posting a ridiculous 360 tackles in four seasons, including 32 tackles for a loss. It’s tough to find that sort of production.

What allowed Brooks to make so many plays for Texas Tech? Turn the tape on and it’s easy to see why he was so productive. Brooks is a super active linebacker that reads the game at an incredibly high level. He’s extremely physical, and his wrap-up tackling ability is uncanny for a collegiate prospect. He understands how to read his keys, showing the patience and instincts necessary to fire downhill towards his target at the opportune moment.

While Brooks was a solid player all throughout his college career, he really took a big step forward in 2019, showing the kind of maturity you hope to see out of a prospect in his senior season. The Seahawks are banking on him to continue his upward projection at the next level.

The Seahawks defense isn’t currently as feared as it once was, and they’re hoping that the selection of Brooks will help get them back on track.

Read our exclusive interview with Brooks here.

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2020 NFL Draft: Seattle Seahawks team preview

Draft Wire’s Gavino Borquez delivers everything Seattle Seahawks fans need to know heading into the 2020 NFL Draft.

Everything Seattle Seahawks fans need to know heading into the 2020 NFL Draft.

VITALS

Head Coach: Pete Carroll

General Manager: John Schneider

2019 record: 11-5

2020 DRAFT PICKS

1 (27)

2 (59)

2 (64)

3 (101)

4 (133)

4 (144)

6 (214)

TEAM NEEDS

Defensive Line

It’s easy to point the Seahawks needing just an edge rusher with Jadeveon Clowney’s decision still looming, but they need defensive tackle help, too. Seattle finished 29th in sacks, 29th in quarterback hits and 26th in pressures last season.

Wide Receiver

The Seahawks hit a home run with D.K. Metcalf in last year’s draft, and while they have him along with Tyler Lockett, Seattle could afford to add a game-changing receiver to compliment them.

Offensive Tackle

With the losses of Germain Ifedi and George Fant, there is a gaping hole at right tackle. The Seahawks acquired Brandon Shell, but he only offers low-end starting value. Seattle could afford to find the successor to Duane Brown, as well.

TOP TARGETS

Marlon Davidson | DL | Auburn

Neville Gallimore | DT | Oklahoma

Brandon Aiyuk | WR | Arizona State

John Hightower | WR | Boise State

Isaiah Wilson | OT | Georgia

Lucas Niang | OT | TCU

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