In this year's NFL Draft, the Seattle Seahawks selected Texas Tech linebacker Jordyn Brooks with their 27th pick in the first round.
If you can remember the reaction of this pick back then, a lot of fans were not too pleased with GM John Schneider’s use of their first-round choice.
Brooks was able to make his first career start in Week 3 agains the New England Patriots with the loss of Bruce Irvin for the remainder of the season.
Unfortunately, the rookie suffered an MCL sprain and exited the game. Brooks would miss two games from it.
Fans were beginning to think that Schneider might have wasted his first-round pick on Brooks and instead should have gone with LSU National Champion linebacker Patrick Queen who was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens.
Now, fast-forwarding to December, it seems that Brooks is developing extremely well while Queen is slowly fading on the Baltimore defense.
On Sunday’s loss against the Giants, Brooks had one of the best games of his rookie year.
The rookie played 43 snaps, which is 77% of the team’s snaps (career-high), and was able to record 11 tackles, his first double-digit tackle game of the season.
He also had a PFF grade of 72.6, per NBC Sports NW Seahawks Insider Joe Fann.
After the game on Sunday, head coach Pete Carroll did nothing but praise the rookie and his performances saying that was “by far” Brooks' best game to date.
Brooks has also been impressive in coverage, as Carroll and the coaching staff have stated when they drafted him.
He currently is giving up a passer rating of 90.4 on the season, 11 points better than Queen.
With K.J Wright transitioning well to the SAM position, Brooks at the WILL, and Bobby Wagner at the middle, the Seahawks have a formidable trio at the linebacker position.
With the Seahawks having four games remaining on the schedule, and when we take a look back on their first pick of the draft, Brooks hasn't necessarily lived up to the hype just yet.
But with time, Brooks could really be a force at the linebacker spot for the Seahawks with Wagner as his mentor and teacher.
These last few games will be a great showcase for Brooks to silence the doubters once and for all. Brooks may not be popping off right now, but every rookie is different.
Time will be the biggest factor for Brooks at the end of the day.