NFL Draft Profile: Texas Tech ILB Jordyn Brooks

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The Los Angeles Rams are undergoing a defensive scheme and regime change. With that being said, former Pro Bowl starting inside linebacker Cory Littleton has departed via free agency. That leaves the Rams set to start Micah Kiser, a former fifth-round pick and one of their young crop of inexperienced talent. While the Rams have talent and potential at the position, one could make the argument that they will need to look in the NFL Draft early on for a replacement to Littleton.

That replacement could very well be Jordyn Brooks out of Texas Tech. Harrison has the overall build for the NFL prototypical inside backer and has the athleticism to do more than just look the part. So, let’s take a look at what the buckeye linebacker brings to the table as a prospect in this year’s draft.

College Bio

Brooks has a three-star recruit coming out of high school and was able to play his true freshman season. He became the first Texas Tech Red Raider freshman to lead the team in tackles in the Big 12 era. Not to mention he was one of the best freshman defenders in the country. He started in 45 out of 47 games in his career.

Measurables

Height: 6’0
Weight: 240

Strengths

Brooks is a very athletic linebacker that can fly all over the field making plays sideline-to-sideline. He does a great job sifting through trash and navigates his way into the backfield with ease. He is a true finisher as a tackler in space and is always trying to make a play on the football. He seems to step up his game in short-yardage and dire situations. He’s built well for the next level as a routine starting linebacker. He’s very instinctual and it doesn’t take him long to diagnose the play. His anticipation keeps him from “guessing wrong” on gaps and keeps his errors and missed tackles to a minimum. His ceiling is very high due to this athletic abilities. He absolutely wrecked the Oklahoma State game.

Weaknesses

Brooks struggles more than anything with coverage. The concern is that a player with his athletic ability struggles to cover man to man and zone. He gets tense and you can see he’s uncomfortable in zone. In man coverage, Brooks doesn’t look comfortable back peddling at all. He does struggle at times against bigger blockers. He struggled big-time against Oklahoma.

Three Plays on Tape

Development

Brooks is a day one starting linebacker that can operate well as a run defender. His weaknesses all lie in coverage which will ultimately hold back his game if he cannot develop in that area. However, he can be of instant use in the run game and his abilities allow him to be quite a game-breaker. The athleticism could put his ceiling towards the Pro Bowl level as long as he eventually develops his coverage skills.

Draft Grade: Late 2nd round – Early 3rd

Bottom Line

Brooks is a very talented linebacker that has loads of athleticism. The question is of course, will he ever develop NFL-level coverage skills? That is what will hold him back from realizing his true potential. There’s no doubt that Brooks would make a fine addition to the Rams defense and could likely start next to Micah Kiser this upcoming season. While he struggles in coverage, he is a great run defender and can rush the passer as well. There’s a lot here with Brooks that the Rams could look at with their 52nd-overall pick.

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Lynn Brooks
Lynn Brooks
5 months ago

Hi Jake,
I’m Jordyn’s mother. Thank you for Writing the article. Our family appreciates the kind words, accolades, and even the thinks he needs to work on. I’m just reaching out to correct you on him not being a former Ohio state athlete. He was a Texas Tech player. I see you eventually mentioned it.
Thank you

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