Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Draft preview series: LSU DL Michael Brockers
By Bryan Broaddus and Tim MacMahon
The 12th installment of our draft preview series focuses on LSU defensive lineman Michael Brockers.
Scout Inc. ranks: No. 2 defensive tackle, No. 14 overall
Bio: Declared for the draft after his redshirt sophomore year, his only season as a starter at LSU. Was a second-team All-SEC selection. Recorded 54 tackles (10 for losses), two sacks and a forced fumble last season.
LSU defensive lineman Michael Brockers could be on the Cowboys' radar with the 14th pick.
Broaddus Breakdown (viewed Oregon, Florida, Arkansas and Alabama games): Usually lined up as a defensive tackle for the Tigers, but is projected to play end in the NFL. … 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. Is 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. … Shows outstanding initial quickness and snap in his game. Plays with power in his upper body. Brockers will extend his hands and control blockers with ease. Have seen him fight the double teams against Oregon and be productive. Does an outstanding job of getting up the field. Puts blockers on their heels with a surge of power. Is a hard guy to move one-on-one. Once he gets going, he is into the backfield. You see offensive linemen get stalemated a great deal of the time as he extends to look for the ball. Does a nice job of playing down the line of scrimmage with his hands. … If he has a weakness, he needs to do a better job of fighting the low block with his hands and will need to work on his twist stunts when on the pass rush in games. Needs to try and be a little cleaner when working to the outside. Had some problems in the Oregon game, but was better against Arkansas. Was able to get around the corner and be more disruptive. … Showed a nice, quick spin move to free himself against the Florida, but, as mentioned, will need some technique work to develop more pass-rush moves. Right now it’s with more power and quickness. Showed the ability to keep his pads down and get pocket push. … Really different from Quinton Coples of North Carolina, who tends to play taller. Plays with a form of body control against both run and pass. Do not see him on the ground except when he got cut. … Like the way he is able to find the ball and work in that direction to make the play. Showed a quick burst for a tackle for loss against the Gators on a running play. … Plays hard all the time. When he got worn down some, he got hooked on blocks, but I didn’t feel that it was a lack of effort. … Played inside at nose tackle some against Arkansas in a three-man line. Will give a 3-4 team some reps inside at nose but also be a pocket pusher as a defensive tackle in the nickel. … Brockers is clearly on the Cowboys’ radar, and if he gets to their spot at 14, this will probably be a no-brainer for a team that needs a defensive end. The question will be if they feel that Fletcher Cox of Mississippi State is a better fit. Both are nice players, but I really do feel that Brockers’ best football is ahead of him.