The Los Angeles Rams are now without the services of Clay Matthews, Dante Fowler and Cory Littleton. While the Rams did bring in Leonard Floyd, their focus needs to be at all linebackers. Whether considering EDGE rushers or inside linebackers, the Rams are thin at the position. But could Texas Tech LB Jordyn Brooks be the answer? Let’s take a look.
College Stats and Honors:
2019: 108 tackles, 20 for a loss, three sacks, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.
Career: 360 tackles, 32 for a loss, 6.5 sacks, two interceptions, six pass deflections, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.
Honors: Second Team All-American (2019), First Team All-Big 12 (2019), Big 12 leader in tackles for a loss with 20 (2019).
Need a player that can hit? Brooks is the guy for the job. He attacks like a freight train and leaves carnage afterwards. Don’t believe me? Just look at a highlight reel. It’s always a concern if rookies will come into the NFL and be able to tackle elite running backs, not all that concerned with Brooks.
One thing that’s undeniable about Brooks is his productivity. He produced in all four seasons with the Red Raiders and understands the meaning behind being a team player. That type of player is difficult to find along with Brooks’s skillset.
Finding a spot for Brooks will be challenging. He hits like an EDGE rusher, but is a tad undersized standing a 6’1″ and weighing 245 pounds. He is a good size for inside linebacker, but his coverage skills are seriously lacking. If Brooks does manage to become a starter, it will have to be in the right scheme or at the least consist of one great cover inside linebacker. This is becoming more and more necessary since receiving tight ends and running backs are utilized at the NFL level.
While Brooks’s tackling skills are great, he needs to work on being more aggressive approaching blockers. He’ll certainly need to improve at the next level or he’ll basically be earning tackles by chasing down ball-carriers.
Expected Draft Round:
There will be a team that will look at Brooks as a Third Day steal. If brought into the correct system, Brooks can be a true asset. That being said, I see Brooks being drafted somewhere between the fourth and fifth round.
The Rams might be interest if Brandon Staley thinks he can find a spot for Brooks. Brooks may benefit more being in a 4-3 defense. He’s a low risk though, so if the Rams want to take a chance with a Day 3 pick, I’m all for it. Besides, having a hard-hitting linebacker is never a bad thing to have. It’s important to note that NFL starters need a little more than that though.