Jordyn Brooks became the first Red Raider defensive player to be selected in the first round since 1983


LUBBOCK, Texas – Jordyn Brooks heard his name called late in the first round Thursday night as the Seattle Seahawks used the 27th overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft to select the Texas Tech linebacker.

With the selection, Brooks becomes the eighth Red Raider all-time to go off the board in the opening round, joining an elite group that includes Walter Schlinkmann (1945), Dave Parks (1964), Donny Anderson (1965), Ted Watts (1981), Gabe Rivera (1983), Michael Crabtree (2009) and Patrick Mahomes II (2017).

Of that list, the late Rivera, a College Football Hall of Famer and member of the Texas Tech Ring of Honor, was the last defensive play to be chosen in the first round as the Pittsburgh Steelers took Señor Sack with the 21st overall pick in 1983.

Brooks is the first Red Raider to be drafted by the Seahawks since Kris Kocurek, the current defensive line coach for the San Francisco 49ers, was taken in the seventh round in 2001. Kocurek was previously the only Red Raider in program history to be selected by the Seahawks organization.

Brooks, a native of Houston, Texas and Stratford High School, will join another Red Raider in Seattle as Branden Jackson wrapped his third season with the Seahawks in 2019 and recently resigned with the organization. Jackson concluded his Tech career in 2015 and has found success at the next level despite signing with the Oakland Raiders as an undrafted free agent.

Brooks climbed draft boards following a strong final season in scarlet and black where he earned second team All-America honors by multiple publications as well as All-Big 12 first team accolades by the conference coaches. He was the first Red Raider linebacker to be named an All-American since Ring of Honor member Zach Thomas following the 1994 and 1995 seasons.

The successful season featured a team-leading 108 tackles, including an impressive 20.0 that went for a loss. Brooks, who missed significant time during the month of November due to an injury, led the Big 12 in tackles for a loss per game (1.8) and ranked second nationally among his FBS counterparts in the category.

Brooks is the third linebacker under head coach Matt Wells to be selected in the NFL Draft during his coaching career as two of his former Utah State standouts in Nick Vigil and Kyler Fackrell were both picked in the third round of the 2016 draft.

Fellow NFL Combine participants Terence Steele and Broderick Washington Jr. will look to hear their names called over the final two days of the NFL Draft as coverage resumes at 6 p.m. Friday evening with the second and third rounds.


Matt Dowdy

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