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Seattle drafts Jordyn Brooks in first round

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The Seattle Seahawks drafted Texas Tech linebacker Jordyn Brooks with the 27th pick Thursday night.

Brooks is the first Red Raider to go in the first round of the NFL Draft since the Chiefs selected Patrick Mahomes in 2017. He is the eighth first-round selection in Tech history, which also includes Walter Schlinkmann (1945), Dave Parks (1964), Donny Anderson (1965), Ted Watts (1981), Gabe Rivera (1983) and Michael Crabtree (2009).

The last defensive player of that list was Señor Sack, the late Gabe Rivera, a member of the College Football Hall of Fame and Texas TEch Ring of Honor.

A few weeks ago Brooks said “I am the best linebacker in this draft and I can’t wait to prove that. I’m a three-down linebacker. I didn’t drop back into coverage much due to the system I was in, but I can drop back into coverage as well as anyone.”

The Seahawks are in the NFC West, which means two match-ups a season against the Arizona Cardinals, led by Brooks’ former coach Kliff Kingsbury.

Brooks joins a Red Raider in Seattle. Defensive end Branden Jackson has been a Seahawk since 2017. Jackson played four years at Tech and was undrafted in 2016.

Brooks is a native of Houston and graduated from Houston's Stratford High School. He was the first Red Raider linebacker to be named an All-American since Zach Thomas following the 1994 and 1995 seasons. 

He is Coach Matt Wells' third linebacker to be drafted; the other two are Utah State standouts Nick Vigil and Kyler Fackrell, both selected in the third round of the 2016 draft.

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