Scouting Report: LB Jordyn Brooks, Texas Tech
Speed/Athleticism: Jordyn Brooks has good speed and great athleticism. One of the more athletic prospects in this class. Has the speed and athleticism to be a sideline to sideline defender. Incredible explosion and burst. Changes direction better than most in this class. 19/20.
Strength/Power: Not as strong or as powerful as you would want to see for someone with his size, but he’s adequate. He doesn’t get off of pass blocks well at all. Brooks is filled out nicely, so I just don’t believe we will see his upper body strength increase much. That being said, he does have strong arms and a good grasp that doesn’t often allow people to escape from. 9/15.
Technique and Mechanics
Tackling/Pursuit: Brooks is an excellent tackler, and led the Red Raiders in tackles as a freshman, junior, and senior. Shows very good form and strong arms that allow his tackle radius to be extraordinary. Missed 16 tackles in the last two seasons. Arguably the best tackler in the class. 19/20.
Coverage Ability: I think that Brooks is currently very limited in pass coverage. Has the athleticism to be able to cover tight ends down the field. I think that Brooks is much too easily sucked into run plays and is susceptible to the play action. His zone coverage reps aren’t great, it’s not really his forte. 8/20.
Pass Rush Ability: Brooks has to time his blitz to be an effective pass rusher, otherwise, he’s ineffective. He doesn’t do well to get off of pass blocks and gets locked into them much too easily. He has no hand technique. He was effective with his timing, though, as he ended his career with 7 sacks and 26 quarterback hits. 6/10.
Football IQ/Instincts: A four-year starter, Brooks has a lot of good traits that pop on tape. Generally understands offensive concepts and flows well to the ball. Navigates extremely well through traffic. Not smart as a pass defender, unfortunately, that leaves me some reason for concern. Overall, a very instinctive player who positions himself very well. 8/10.
Leadership/Personality: There is no word on Brooks off of the field, and not much for people to speculate about. He’s a competitor, and he’s worked hard to stay on the field even while dealing with an injury. I think he’s a fine prospect. 5/5.
Jordyn Brooks has been the man ever since he arrived at Texas Tech. That being said, he has a few things left to finetune once he goes pro. He’s a solid run support player, someone that I could see playing well in a defensive scheme like the Los Angeles Rams or the Dallas Cowboys. Regardless, he’s a good run defender who offers a lot of athleticism and makes things happen on the field while he’s playing. A third-round guy by my book, and someone I wouldn’t mind seeing go in the second.
Injury Rating: (+2)
Ceiling Rating: (3)