My lasting memory from this year’s national Championship game will be LSU’s abysmal effort on offense, and the Tigers defense deserved little blame for the loss. Rarely do you see a defense filled with so much top end talent – Alabama being the other exception (the SEC is a beast).
When thinking of LSU’s defensive standouts, Morris Claiborne and Tyrann ‘honey badger’ Mathieu immediately spring to mind, with Michael Brockers right behind them. Projected to go in the mid to late first round, talent evaluators have deemed Brockers raw but full of potential. After a dreadful combine, a slimmed down Brockers secured his stock as a first-round pick at LSU’s pro day.
Weight: 323 pounds
Born: December 21 , 1990
40-yard dash: 5.36
Vertical jump: 26.5 inch
Broad jump: 105 inch
Three cone drill: 7.46
20-yard shuttle: 4.81
Arm length: 35 inches
Hands: 9 1/8 inches
2011: 14 GP 54 Tackles 10 Tackles For Loss 2 Sacks
2010: 13 GP 25 Tackles 1 Tackle For Loss
2009: Red Shirted
What the experts say
Brockers’ unmatched combination of size, athleticism, strength and youth is tantalizing. He played with great passion and the awareness of a four-year and not a one-year starter in 2011. Capable of starring as a three-technique defensive tackle or holding the point as a five technique defensive end, Brockers will be highly valued by 4-3 and 3-4 teams, alike. If he plays with the same passion in the NFL that he did for the Tigers in 2011, he’ll prove to be a standout regardless of the scheme he’s placed into.
He might be a little raw and could have used some more work at the college level. However, he’s an NFL talent with “plus” upside but can also come in and play vs. the run at a high level right away. Should get looks at both the three and five-technique spots and in my mind has the ability to become one of the better defensive lineman in the NFL down the line.
Brockers’ stock was rising into the top 10 before a disappointing showing at the Combine. He had a startlingly low total on the bench press while running slow. The big defensive tackle is a one-year wonder, so his stock is fluid.
He has a big (6-5, 323), well-proportioned frame and better mobility than his production indicates, and, with some coaching and time in the weight room, Brockers could become a force.
Brockers is expected to go in the top half of the first round, probably in the top 10 picks. I think his floor is relatively high because of his superior work ethic, but I don’t see him as anything more than a solid N.F.L. player. When I compare him to (Penn State DT Devon) Still, there’s really no comparison.
(Brockers) has not played much football in college and there was a thought that he would come back to school, but he had to turn pro to try to help his family. He’s raw in the sense of techniques, but there is no mistake when you turn on the film and watch him play that he understands what he needs to do to be successful.
After a less than stellar combine, Brockers, who has been one of the biggest risers in the pre-draft process, improved on some of his crucial numbers. For starters, he slimmed down from 322 pounds to 316, which isn’t a major change, but it shows that he’s working. In addition, the mammoth defensive tackle improved his time in the 40-yard dash from 5.36 at the combine to a respectable 5.15 today. His 21 reps on the bench press were also respectable considering his arms are 35 inches long. His 30-inch vertical jump was also an improvement over the 26.5 inches he recorded at the combine.
The 2012 defensive tackle class is loaded with talent. Dontari Poe, Devon Still, Fletcher Cox and Jerel Worthy should hear their names called on April 26, and Brockers is right up there after an excellent performance at his pro day.
Expect the Junior to be taken in the middle of the first round, with NFC East foes Dallas and Philadelphia linked to the LSU product.