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Thursday, April 26, 2012
Is Michael Brockers just a bigger Spears?

By Tim MacMahon

There is a good chance that the Cowboys will pick LSU defensive lineman Michael Brockers with the 14th overall pick.

That would do nothing to address the Cowboys’ problems rushing the passer.

A case can be made the Brockers is just a bigger version of Marcus Spears, the last LSU defensive lineman the Cowboys drafted in the first round. In fact, that’s a kind comparison for Brockers based on their college production.

The 6-foot-6, 322-pound Brockers recorded 54 tackles, including 10 tackles for losses and two sacks as a redshirt sophomore last season. Spears’ numbers as an LSU junior: 49 tackles, 13 tackles for losses, six sacks.

That’s a comparison of the players at the same age. Spears’ senior stats -- 49 tackles, 17 tackles for losses and nine sacks –- blow Brockers’ numbers away.

The Valley Ranch spin would probably be that Brockers is a raw prospect who would be a valuable run-stopper right away and have potential to develop as a pass rusher. Just remember that a lot of the same people projected Spears to be a star, not just a solid rotation player.