Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times reports that Seahawks 2nd-year LB Jordyn Brooks is "set to become the full-time weakside linebacker" this season. That's not surprising, given that Seattle drafted him in Round 1 last year and has yet to re-sign veteran OLB K.J. Wright. The Seahawks also reportedly have 2020 second-round DE Darrell Taylor working out at strong-side LB. Taylor also got reps at rush end in recent workouts, but he's down 20 pounds from the 267 at which he entered the league. It sounds like Seattle is eyeing him in a role similar to what Bruce Irvin used to play: early-down LB, edge rusher in passing situations. He'll compete with Cody Barton for playing time at SLB. We'll see about that situation. Brooks, though, looks headed for a 3-down role -- next to Bobby Wagner -- and IDP sleeper status in 2021.
The Seahawks picked Tennessee DE Darrell Taylor in the 2nd round of the NFL Draft. Taylor offered nice production over his final 2 college seasons, including 21 tackles for loss and 16.5 sacks. He particularly ramped up his performance in 2019. Pro Football Focus credited Taylor with 53 total pressures across his 1st 3 seasons at Tennessee; 44 in 2019 along. His 87.0 pass-rushing grade ranked 18th nationally among EDGE players with at least 100 pass-rushing snaps. Taylor joins a Seattle D-line that needs him -- especially with Jadeveon Clowney still lingering on the open market.