In 2020, GM John Schneider selected Jordyn Brooks with the 27th overall pick. The Baltimore Ravens took Patrick Queen one pick later, to the surprise of quite a few analysts as to the luck of the Ravens.
The Seahawks made two surprises at No. 27. The first: even making a pick instead of trading back like usual. The second: taking Texas Tech's Jordyn Brooks over another linebacker in LSU's Patrick Queen, who was rated higher by many draft analysts. The... https://t.co/9dlo014QqH— Brady Henderson (@BradyHenderson) April 24, 2020
However, as the results have unfolded, each linebacker took their turn outperforming the other. Furthermore, Brady Henderson reported that teams were higher on Brooks than the 2nd-round projections from draft pundits.
With Jordyn Brooks, there was a big difference between how draft analysts and NFL teams viewed him. I'm hearing multiple teams had Brooks rated over Patrick Queen. One team told the Seahawks after the fact that it had Brooks as its No. 1 LB this year. https://t.co/dXN1paRXHt— Brady Henderson (@BradyHenderson) April 24, 2020
Something interesting has happened this season. With the pairings of elite linebackers in their own rights - Bobby Wagner and Roquan Smith - both Brooks and Queen are back to form in a big way.
The 2023 stats are uncanny. It’s been a near mirror half-season, with two glaring exceptions.
Brooks: 3.5 sacks, 67 total tackles, 6 Tackles for Loss, 4 QB hits, 1 forced fumble and fumble recovered.
Queen: 3.5 sacks, 69 total tackles, 6 Tackles for Loss, 5 QB hits, no fumble activity.
The fumbles stand out as a nod in Brooks favor, but here’s the other - Seattle’s already had the bye and Brooks has played one fewer game. His per-game average on things like tackles is quite a bit higher.
Jordyn Brooks has been playing out of his mind the past two weeks. Seattle has been more willing to send him on the blitz and that aggressiveness has been paying dividends with him coming untouched here to blast P.J. Walker for a strip sack. pic.twitter.com/qdCb27L8BW— Corbin K. Smith (@CorbinSmithNFL) October 31, 2023
Brooks has been so good that he’s made it easy to forget that he came back from a torn ACL far earlier than typical. Not only did he return to the field ahead of schedule but is playing better than even last season.
The top two defenses since Week 4 will be in for the best battle of the week, anchored by four stud linebackers across the board. As it stands, I’d rather have Brooks.
Which by the way, the Seahawks only do for the remainder of this season. They declined his fifth-year option and must figure out if they are able to retain the young linebacker into the future.