Jordyn Brooks
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Brooks with the Seattle Seahawks in 2020
No. 56 – Seattle Seahawks
Position:Linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1997-10-21) October 21, 1997 (age 24)
Dallas, Texas
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High school:Stratford (Houston, Texas)
College:Texas Tech (2016–2019)
NFL Draft:2020 / Round: 1 / Pick: 27
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 3, 2022
Tackles:273
Sacks:1.0
Fumble recoveries:1
Pass deflections:7
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Jordyn W. Brooks (born October 21, 1997) is an American football linebacker for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Texas Tech and was drafted by the Seahawks in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Early life and high school career

Brooks was born in Dallas, Texas and later moved to Houston, Texas where he grew up. He attended Stratford High School. Brooks was named All-District 19-5A in his junior and senior seasons.[1] Brooks committed to play college football at Texas Tech University over offers from Arkansas, Houston, Missouri and Washington.[2]

College career

Brooks was named a freshman All-American by 24/7 Sports and honorable mention All-Big 12 Conference after leading Texas Tech with 86 tackles (five for loss) with four passes broken up and a forced fumble.[3] As a sophomore he finished third on the team in tackles with 89 (0.5 for loss) with an interception and two passes broken up and was again named honorable mention All-Big 12.[4] Brooks was named honorable mention All-Big 12 for a third straight season after leading the Red Raiders with 84 tackles and with 7.5 tackles for loss with three sacks and an interception.[5]

Going to his senior season, Brooks was named to the Butkus Award watch list and was named the top inside linebacker prospect for the 2020 NFL Draft by ESPN analyst Mel Kiper.[6][7] He made 19 tackles with three sacks in an upset win over #21 Oklahoma State on October 5, 2019, and was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week and the national defensive player of the week by the Football Writers Association of America and the Walter Camp Football Foundation (WCFF).[8] Brooks was named first-team All-Big 12 and a consensus second-team All-American selection after recording 108 tackles, including 20 tackles for loss and three sacks.[9][10] Brooks finished his collegiate career with 367 tackles (seventh-most in school history), 33 tackles for loss and seven sacks with two interceptions, two forced fumbles and three fumbles recovered.[11]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash Wonderlic
6 ft 0 in
(1.83 m)
240 lb
(109 kg)
32+78 in
(0.84 m)
9+18 in
(0.23 m)
4.54 s 10
All values from NFL Combine[12][13]

Brooks was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the first round with the 27th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.[14]

2020: Rookie season

Brooks was named as the backup weakside linebacker to starter K. J. Wright to begin the season. Brooks ended up playing seven snaps in the team's week 1 game against the Atlanta Falcons where he recorded his first career NFL tackle.[15] Following the season-ending injury Bruce Irvin suffered after the team's week 2 victory over the New England Patriots, the team announced that Brooks would replace Irvin as the starter.[16] In a week 13 game against the New York Giants, Brooks recorded 4 solo tackles and 6 assists, the most he had all season. He was the co-leader in tackles that game, with Jamal Adams also finishing with 10.[17] In a week 16 game against the Los Angeles Rams, Brooks recorded 7 solo tackles and 1 assist, leading the team with Jamal Adams and D. J. Reed.[18] He ended his rookie season with a total of 57 total tackles, and 2 pass deflections.[19]

References

  1. ^ Cornaglia, Andrea (July 26, 2017). "Roster countdown #3: Jordyn Brooks". VivaTheMatadors.com. SB Nation. Retrieved October 29, 2019.
  2. ^ Johnson, Jarrett (January 13, 2016). "Texas Tech 2016 Linebacker Commits". 247Sports.com. Retrieved October 29, 2019.
  3. ^ "Texas Tech spring football breakout candidates: What's in store for LB Brooks?". The Dallas Morning News. March 19, 2019. Retrieved October 29, 2019.
  4. ^ Williams, Don (August 25, 2018). "In a pivotal season, Texas Tech hopes veteran defense makes the difference". Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. Retrieved October 29, 2019.
  5. ^ Jeyarajah, Shehan (October 25, 2019). "How Texas Tech LB Jordyn Brooks went from overlooked to a top NFL Draft prospect". TexasFootball.com. Retrieved October 29, 2019.
  6. ^ "Jordyn Brooks makes Butkus Award Preseason Watch List". EverythingLubbock.com. July 22, 2019. Retrieved October 29, 2019.
  7. ^ Kiper, Mel (October 16, 2019). "Kiper's 2020 NFL draft Big Board rankings: How high could Joe Burrow go?". ESPN.com. Retrieved October 29, 2019.
  8. ^ "Texas Tech's Brooks Tabbed National Defensive Player of the Week". Big12Sports.com. October 6, 2019. Retrieved October 29, 2019.
  9. ^ Williams, Don (December 4, 2019). "Big 12 honors 5 from Tech". Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. Retrieved December 5, 2019.
  10. ^ "Brooks named All-American by pair of outlets". Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. December 11, 2019. Retrieved December 16, 2019.
  11. ^ "Brooks Tabbed Second Team All-American by Two Outlets". TexasTech.com. December 11, 2019. Retrieved January 27, 2020.
  12. ^ "Jordyn Brooks Combine Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved April 24, 2020.
  13. ^ "3rd Annual Wonderlic Score Thread (90 players!) : NFL_Draft". Retrieved February 5, 2021.
  14. ^ Paterik, Bruce (April 23, 2020). "Texas Tech LB Jordyn Brooks selected by Seattle Seahawks with No. 27 overall pick in NFL draft". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved April 23, 2020.
  15. ^ Fann, Joe (September 14, 2020). "Week 1 snap counts: Seahawks utilize healthy rotation among running backs". NBC Sports.
  16. ^ Boyle, John (September 23, 2020). "Rookie Linebacker Jordyn Brooks To Start For Seahawks vs. Cowboys". Seahawks.com.
  17. ^ "Jordyn Brooks Game Stats". NFL.com. Retrieved December 8, 2020.
  18. ^ "Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks - December 27th, 2020". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved December 29, 2020.
  19. ^ "Jordyn Brooks Stats Summary". NFL.com. Retrieved January 20, 2021.