Weight: 245 lbs.
Jordyn Brooks is a highly active and instinctual linebacker who makes plays in space and projects as a solid contributor at the next level with upside as a disruptive playmaker. He’s physical and patient, and he was remarkably productive throughout his four years in Lubbock, Texas, as he averaged 56 tackles per season. Brooks’ high motor made him a valuable player for Texas Tech, and he also has the skill set to cover wide receivers in space after facing high-powered Big 12 offenses.
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He could stand to be more consistent on a play-by-play basis, though he put up consistent numbers throughout college. Brooks also doesn’t jump out as a physical specimen, so he likely won’t be an NFL-combine standout. Also, it remains to be seen if he can fight through tackles at a high level in NFL offenses as opposed to the spread-out college offenses he’s faced.
Why he may fit with Washington:
As the defense moves to a 4-3 scheme this season under new head coach Ron Rivera, Washington needs help at linebacker. The Redskins ranked 31st in the NFL in rushing and need more playmakers like Brooks in the middle of the defense. If Washington can snag him in the middle rounds, it’ll be one step closer to restocking its defense.
Jordyn Brooks has proven over four years that he has the tangible and intangible traits to succeed at middle linebacker, though his upside and role as an NFL starter may be determined by fit.
Projected Round: 4th