5. Jordyn Brooks
I don’t think the Seahawks are bringing back K.J. Wright, which means Brooks is going to receive starter reps in 2021. He was also drafted to be the future number one guy (post-Bobby Wagner). This team wants to get him in to play as much as possible. That means we’re likely to see him on the field for more than 85% of defensive snaps, possibly as high as 95%.
This is a huge jump for him from just 32% of snaps last year, but I think he’ll be able to handle it. Brooks had an impressive 57 tackles in his limited time on the field in 2020, and he was an excellent run defender. However, he was fairly lackluster in rushing the passer as well as in dropping back into coverage.
He gave up a 95.2 passer rating and a 68% completion rate while in coverage, and only had one pressure on the QB. I’m excited to watch Brooks have more playing time in 2021, but I think he needs to improve in one, hopefully, both, of those areas. If he is able to keep his coverage stats to a 60% passer rating and a quarterback rating of less than 80, I’ll be very pleased.
Likewise, if he is able to rush the passer more effectively and has around 15 pressures resulting in 2-3 sacks, I will be impressed. I think there’s a lot riding on Brooks’ shoulders when it comes to the Seahawks winning in 2021.