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Seahawks first-round pick Jordyn Brooks wants to be the best at his craft

Seahawks first-round pick Jordyn Brooks wants to be the best at his craft

Many were surprised when the Seattle Seahawks selected a linebacker, not a pass rusher, in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft. 

They were even more astonished when it was Texas Tech’s Jordyn Brooks whose name was their preferred choice, not LSU’s Patrick Queen, who was still available when Seattle was on the clock.

But the Seahawks stunned NFL observers and selected Brooks out of Texas Tech at No. 27 overall. Beat reporters at home, rather than in media room headquarters, frantically combed through NFL draft bios to get to know the Seahawks’ first-round surprise.

General manager John Schneider knew there was a solid chance the top three linebackers in the draft would still be on the Big Board when it was their time to pick. So, he made sure to come away with one. 

“These guys are too special,” Schneider told Sports Radio 950 KJR. “I think that you’ll see [Kenneth] Murray, Queen, Brooks be really outstanding players for a number of years. All three of these guys could be culture changers. These guys are unbelievable kids, unbelievable work ethic. We basically had a wall where we were like ‘look, we’re not going to leave if one of these guys is here.'”

Brooks was their guy. 

[RELATED: Why Seahawks coveted Jordyn Brooks, according to Carroll and Schneider]

The 6-0, 240-pounder will have an opportunity to make an impact on Seattle’s linebacker corps which features a cast of Pro Bowlers including Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright, as well as veteran Bruce Irvin who had 8.5 sacks in 2019. All three players are presumptive starters entering the 2020 season.

John Schneider revealed Wright is rehabbing from an offseason surgery, which makes a little more sense as to why the Seahawks drafted a linebacker in the first round. Schneider did not reveal a timeline for Wright’s return, but said the procedure was not serious. 

The recent offseason surgery could carve way for Brooks to slide into the weakside linebacker spot, as Seahawks Insider Joe Fann mentioned, allowing veteran Wright to be used on the strongside. 

As a senior at Texas Tech, Brooks racked up 108 tackles with 20 tackles for loss. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.54 seconds unofficially, giving Seattle another tantalizing and speedy player on defense. One NFL scout told Fann his mentality, grit and passion make Brooks simply “a Seattle guy.”

Seahawks fans may still be coming to grips with the Brooks selection, but Schneider, for one, believes he will be a playmaker in the middle of the Seahawks defense for years to come. 

“He embodies what our organization is all about with a chip on his shoulder and just being a guy that really wants to be the best at his craft,” Schneider said. “Once he’s here, he’ll remind you a lot of Bobby and K.J. in the way he plays and everything.”

Be sure to listen to the latest Talkin' Seahawks podcast with host Joe Fann and special guest NBC Sports analyst Chris Simms. 

Pete Carroll's draft clues were no match for one fan on Twitter

Pete Carroll's draft clues were no match for one fan on Twitter

"With the 27th pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Seattle Seahawks select... Jordyn Brooks. Linebacker. Texas Tech."

Those were the words uttered by commissioner Roger Goodell on Thursday, much to the joy of the 12s. 

The move surprised many, as Brooks was projected to be a second-round pick. However, there was at least one smart (or lucky) fan that saw the move coming a mile away.

For years, Pete Carroll has posted videos on social media with hints about who the team is targeting in the draft. 

This time around Carroll posted a video from the movie 1917.

That may not be much of a clue for most, but one Seattle sleuth knew exactly what it meant.

That's right, Russell Massey called the pick hours before the draft, all based off of Carroll's clue. 

Of course, there was probably more luck involved in this, but it's still cool nonetheless. 

Brooks may not be a well-known name in Seattle, but he should fit in perfectly with the Seahawks. 

Seattle has long made a name for itself with a dominating defense. The Legion of Boom will go down in history as one of the greatest defenses of all-time, and it was that unit that helped Seattle win the Super Bowl XLVIII in 2014.

One of the players on the defensive unit in 2014 - Current Seahawks LB, Bobby Wagner. 

Wagner is a fan favorite, so it should bring fans great joy that their first-round draft pick has drawn comparisons to the Seattle great. Brooks even says so himself.

I see myself with the style of play like Bobby Wagner,” Brooks said. “We’re kind of a similar build. I think I bring to the table just aggressiveness, passion, discipline. Those are some of my core values. The fans and the organization are getting a heck of a football player. I’m a linebacker, but I see myself as a football player who can do anything. I’ve got God-given ability that I’ve been blessed with. I feel like I can do anything and add a lot of value to the team. - Jordyn Brooks

Beavers and Texas Tech to play football home-and-home series

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Beavers and Texas Tech to play football home-and-home series

CORVALLIS, Ore. –  Oregon State and Texas Tech have signed a home-and-home football series contract for the 2025 and ’26 seasons, Beaver Vice President and Director of Athletics Scott Barnes announced Thursday.

The addition of Texas Tech continues a trend for the Beavers in scheduling non-Pac-12  Conference “Power 5” programs. Recent additions to the OSU schedule include Oklahoma State in 2019 and ’20, and Purdue in 2021 and ’24.

The first game of the series with Texas Tech will be played in Lubbock, Texas Sept. 13, 2025. The return game at Reser Stadium will be played Sept. 12, 2026. The games will mark the second and third meetings between the two schools in football. The only other contest was a 15-14 Texas Tech win Sept. 26, 1959 in Lubbock.

Season tickets are now available for the six-game home football schedule that includes Oregon, USC, California, Washington State, Arizona and Southern Utah. For information on the benefits of being a season ticket holder or renewal incentives please access OSUBeavers.com or call 541-737-2050.

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