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Analyzing the progress of the Seahawks' 2020 draft class entering the final six games

By Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times on

Published in Football

The news this week that Seahawks rookie defensive end Darrell Taylor is not yet ready to return to practice was another blow for the team's second-round pick in the 2020 draft.

Coach Pete Carroll had held out hope that Taylor might be able to make it back this week following the team's "mini-bye," on the road to eventually seeing game action later this season. Now it remains unclear if or when Taylor may be able to play.

That news came on the heels of Seattle putting seventh-round pick Stephen Sullivan on Injured Reserve with a hip flexor injury, ending his season.

But if there was bad news for those two members of the team's eight-man rookie class, things were looking up for others.

Offensive lineman Damien Lewis further proved his worth by stepping in at center for Thursday's pivotal win over the Arizona Cardinals, while fourth-round pick Colby Parkinson is now ready to take on a greater role with the loss of veteran tight end Greg Olsen.

All of which makes it a good time to review the progress of Seattle's 2020 draft, which like most has some good, some bad, and in general still needs a bit more time before rendering a complete judgement.

 

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Linebacker Jordyn Brooks

First round, 27th overall

After overcoming an early knee injury, Brooks has developed into a consistent role the past five games as the starter at weakside linebacker in the base defense, then usually coming off the field in the nickel — he's played at least 32% of the snaps in those five games. Brooks has 22 tackles on the season, one for a loss, and one pass defense in eight games. Carroll this week praised Brooks saying "the running and hitting" aspect of his game stands out. "There's a toughness about him and he's doing a really good job of being the first pick and being humble and just working hard," Carroll said. "So I'm really, really thrilled about that pick and what he contributes to this thing." Pro Football Focus was a little less enthusiastic about Brooks this week in its review of all 32 first-round picks, writing: "This season, Brooks has been gradually working his way into a defined role. Like his fellow rookie linebackers, however, opposing offenses have exploited him more often than he's been making impact plays for the defense."

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