3rd round, Jordyn Brooks, LB, Texas Tech
The Cleveland Browns find their linebacker in the third round, with the selection of Texas Tech’s Jordyn Brooks with the 74th pick.
His college tape shows Brooks to be a bumble bee, as he can buzz all of the field in the blink of an eye. He also had a propensity for getting into the backfield and applying pressure on the quarterback.
Perhaps, most importantly, he was used as a spy on mobile quarterbacks, which you better have now-a-days with Lamar Jackson as the top signal caller in the division.
It all sounds, good, but there’s a reason he could fall to the third round: Brooks left a lot to be desired when it comes to taking on blockers, and there’s the whole coverage issue. When it comes to dropping back, he’s just too unproven.
Principal’s note: For the third round, this is a good pick for the Browns, as it fills a need. Plus, Brooks has the potential to see a lot of action, even if he isn’t a starter.
That said, it’s hard to ignore the prospect mocked right after Brooks: Dayton’s Adam Trautman. The tight end tore up the Pioneer League, and is poised to open up a lot of eyes. Browns’ fans know how much the front office values the tight end spot, and with David Njoku‘s future uncertain, well, you’d have to wonder what Andrew Berry would do if Trautman is available. Grade: C+