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Jordyn Brooks has justified being drafted before Patrick Queen

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How about some feel-good?

On April 23rd the Seattle Seahawks chose Jordyn Brooks to join GM John Schneider’s “why even use first-round picks” club.

At the time, people were a bit baffled.

Brooks was slowed by injury early on while Baltimore Ravens’ Patrick Queen immediately began playing high snap counts. Subsequently, fuel was added to that truly strange fire which is the “Schneider is great at his job except for his first pick” theory.

Fast forward to December, and Jordyn Brooks continues to develop extremely well while Patrick Queen has started to fade.

Over at Seahawk Maven, Corbin Smith gave Brooks the third-highest grade on the team in the loss to the New York Giants. It was Brooks’ highest involvement of the season as well, playing in 77% of the team’s snaps.

It should not be lost on fans that Brooks’ primary question mark in the draft was his coverage, while apparently scouts thought Queen was the much better cover linebacker.

However, Queen has been struggling in that very category of late, as noted by Baltimore media everywhere, including Baltimore Beatdown’s Winners and Losers this week.

Jordyn Brooks is currently giving up a passer rating of only 90.4, a full 11 points better than Queen.

Brooks seems to have ingrained himself fully into Seattle’s defensive scheme, as K.J. Wright has taken very well in transitioning to the other side. The Seahawks have an even more formidable linebacker trio than they did last season.

As they head into the final weeks of the season, these last few games will go a long way in perspective of the 2020 first round of the draft. Queen also completely missed on the previous week’s touchdown to AJ Brown, and is anything but a surefire better player than Brooks. Queen has had a good year thus far on a great defense, getting lots of numbers because of high volume. But I am not convinced at this point that this was a miss by Schneider and his scouting team.

Looking forward to how Brooks handles these last, and perhaps the greatest proof of his success is how little complaining about base defense (three linebackers) has taken place this year.