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PFF's Linebacker Rankings Makes Seahawks First-Round Pick Even More Puzzling

Zach Brunner
PFF's linebacker rankings make the Seahawks' first-round pick puzzling.
PFF's linebacker rankings make the Seahawks' first-round pick puzzling. / Harry How/Getty Images
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Ever since Russell Wilson joined the team in 2012, the Seattle Seahawks have been one of the most consistently good teams in the NFL, winning double-digit games in all but one season. While the talent of Wilson is a big part of this success, the larger reason has been the overall success Seattle has had in the NFL Draft.

That is why this season's first-round pick was a bit puzzling. Selecting Texas Tech Red Raiders linebacker Jordyn Brooks, the Seahawks drafted a position that was already graded as the best in the NFL, according to Pro Football Focus.

Led by stud linebacker Bobby Wagner, the Seahawks had the top-rated linebacker corps in the NFL for 2019. Wagner received the second-best individual grade overall (90.5), behind only Luke Kuechly, who announced his retirement this offseason.

K.J. Wright is the other long-time Seahawks linebacker. While he is coming off the lowest-graded season of his career (59.9) he has put up a grade of over 65.0 in every other season. Seattle has further depth behind these two veterans as well.

This is why it was confusing to see Seattle draft Brooks. While the Texas Tech product was graded as the fifth-best collegiate linebacker in the nation, he does not play a position of need, suggesting it was more of a pick for the future instead of getting the team over the hump for 2020.


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