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Michael Brockers Scouting Report

Position: DT
Conference: SEC
School: LSU Tigers
Year/Status: Drafted
Jersey Number: #90
Height & Weight: 6'6 - 306 lbs.
Draft Prediction: Second Round
Drafted 1.14 in 2012 by STL

2012 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:

Michael Brockers, DT, LSU

Brockers just completed his sophomore year at LSU, but he can (and did) leave early because he redshirted prior to his first year in Baton Rouge. The defensive tackle played sparingly in 2010, making an appearance in 13 games with one start. Brockers stepped into a major role in 2011 and helped lead the Tigers to the SEC Championship (he was one of the defensive stars in the blowout of Georgia) and a berth in the BCS National Championship. He started all 14 games, made 54 tackles, and finished third on the team with 10 tackles for loss. Brockers also recorded two sacks, four quarterback hurries, an interception, a forced fumble, and a blocked kick.

The Houston, TX native has great size at 6'6'' and 306 pounds. He generally runs in the 4.9s of the 40-yard dash and he has been clocked as fast as 4.86 from that distance. Brockers is extremely agile for his size, and his side-to-side movement makes him a real force as a run defender. His pass-rushing skills can be improved by working on his first step off the ball and by adding some more bulk to his frame (and he definitely has room to do so). Brockers does not have a ton of experience, so he will likely be used as a situational defensive tackle for at least a season or two. At the same time, his future upside is huge, so he should be a first or second-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Last Updated Jan-31-2012 by Ricky Dimon

4 Comments | Add Yours
Prediction: 1st Round

Nobody on this site has him in the 1st round, that's odd.

Posted by:
seanrock 01/26/12 03:35 AM
Prediction: 1st Round

Easily first round player. Easily one of the best and most dominant DTs in the draft. Big time athletic freak. Was a 6'5 255 lb DE when recruited out of high school. Got recruited by LSU to play DE. Showed up to school 6'6 and 265 and it was evident early that this guy had a lot of room on his frame to grow and that he would be pushing 300 pounds quickly so they moved him to DT and red-shirted him. Brockers was credited by the team, players and coaches, for being much of the reason that their defense was so dominant this year. He is valued not just because of the level he played this past year, his 2nd year playing DT, but because of how quickly he rose to the level he's playing and realizing that he's got a lot more room to grow both physically and mentally at the position.

He's got a proven ability to grasp things quickly. He's shown he's very coachable. He's got a motor that wears out the double teams that are forced to try and block him all game. As a run stuffer he has been the most impressive, but as a pass rusher is where you will see him do the most growth as a pro.

One thing that comes naturally to him is getting his hands up when the QB is throwing. This is going to equate to deflected passes on a regular basis.

He may not be a stat monster in sacks, but what he does is force attention towards himself that takes pressure off other pass rushers and shortens the amount of time that QBs have to throw.

Once people start watching tape on this guy and after the combine there is going to be little question about what Brockers is capable of. He will very likely be the first or second DL taken in the draft and will be considered a top 10 talent and draft pick.

Posted by:
raynman 01/30/12 01:53 PM
Prediction: 1st Round

Makes sense at #11-#19 overall. Not a game-changer.

Posted by:
marcettrick@juno.com 02/21/12 06:54 PM
Prediction: 1st Round

I like Brockers but i don't see that very step explosiveness that you'd expect from someone your considering in the early or mid 1 st round.

Posted by:
reuben36 03/27/12 09:39 AM
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