Seahawks fans are trying to figure out how they feel about the team's first-round pick, Texas Tech linebacker Jordyn Brooks.
Brooks was absent in every mock draft going into Thursday, and his selection took just about everyone by surprise. At 6-feet tall and 240 pounds with 4.54-second speed, it's easy to see why Seattle coveted the Red Raiders linebacker. Brooks was very productive in college with 360 total tackles over four seasons with 32 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks. In 2019, he posted 108 tackles, 20 tackles for loss and 3.0 sacks.
According to Ross Tucker, Texas Tech head coach Matt Wells believes Brooks is a star in the making, calling his former pupil the "next Bobby Wagner."
Texas Tech head coach Matt Wells called Jordyn Brooks the "next Bobby Wagner" which he would know since he coaches Wagner at Utah State.— Ross Tucker (@RossTuckerNFL) April 24, 2020
I think Seahawks fans would sign up for that.
That's lofty and needs to be taken with a grain of salt, obviously, as Wells has a clear bias. However, Wells has a credible voice on the matter as he coached at Utah State while Wagner played for the Aggies in college.
Jim Nagy, the executive director of the Senior Bowl, had a similar evaluation of Brooks during his time in Mobile, Ala., back in January.
Seattle just took a guy that reminded me of Bobby Wagner when I watched him. Jordyn Brooks was one of the funnest players we watched this year for the @seniorbowl.— Jim Nagy (@JimNagy_SB) April 24, 2020
Brooks projects to be a backup in 2020, but he should be the long-term replacement for K.J. Wright.
The pick is still likely to get poor draft grades given most draft experts had, at best, a second-round grade on the linebacker. Seattle also opted to pass on LSU linebacker Patrick Queen, who was seen across the board as a more heralded prospect. Seahawks fans will have to have faith in John Schneider and Pete Carroll on this one and trust that Brooks' traits will make this selection look better and better down the road.