While the situation surrounding the Seahawks second-round pick gets more ominous by the week, the team’s first-round pick has been progressing quite nicely. Jordyn Brooks. Is coming off of his most productive performance as he was a lone bright spot in Seattle’s 17-12 loss to the Giants.
Brooks played a career-high 43 snaps and racked up a career-best 11 tackles, marking his first game double-digit tackles.
“I think Jordyn Brooks really showed up. This was by far his best game.”
Brooks’ Pro Football Focus grade was unsurprisingly impressive as well. PFF gave him a 72.6 grade for the game including a 70.8 coverage grade. Brooks had one pass breakup that was nearly his first-career interception. His versatile skill set, headlined by his speed and physicality, is starting to show up.
“He played hard,” Carroll continued. “He had some great plays in this game. There were four or five really beautiful tackles at the line of scrimmage and coming off blocks and fitting into the running game. He played like a real veteran in this game. He was confident and physical. He and Bobby were banging folks. This was his best game, but I think this is how he’s going to play. It’s not that I don’t think he won’t be able to attain this level again. This is who he is. We’ve been really excited about him, and those plays show you why.”
The Seahawks, at least semi-controversially, selected Brooks over Patrick Queen. Most media pundits had Queen ranked well ahead of Brooks, and the LSU product ultimately went to the Ravens one pick later.
Queen has more overall production than Brooks (he has 84 total tackles, a pick, two fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles), but he was also an every down starter in Baltimore immediately. PFF hasn’t graded Queen’s rookie season kindly at just 28.4 overall. Brooks is at 43.9 overall. Those grades obviously aren’t the end all be all, but at least it’s a common metric that grades both players according to the same rubric.
This is all to say that Seahawks fans should be encouraged by what they’ve seen from Brooks despite playing in a part-time role behind Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright. Continued development from Seattle’s first-rounder would improve the defense’s outlook for final quarter of the regular season and into the playoffs.