Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Putting to rest bad info on Rams' Brockers
By Mike Sando
Kenny from Arizona expressed concerns over St. Louis Rams defensive tackle Michael Brockers after hearing the former LSU standout had posted poor results in the bench press at the scouting combine. "I don't want to see another Jimmy Kennedy out there," he wrote.
Mike Sando: Brockers had a shoulder injury and did not bench at the combine. He'll benefit from full-time participation in an NFL strength program. But if you're worried about Brockers' strength based on what you heard about his combine, there's no need.
Brockers did post one of the slower 40-yard dash times (5.36 seconds) at the combine, but he fared better at LSU's pro day. He's a huge man at 6-foot-5 and 322 pounds. The Rams did not draft Brockers to be their next split end. They want him to cause problems at the line of scrimmage. Brockers did that at LSU.
"This guy is very strong," Rams general manager Les Snead said after the draft. "He can push the pocket and can cause the quarterback not be able to step up."
NFC West teams drafted only three defensive tackles overall. Seattle selected the other two. Jaye Howard, a fourth-round pick, ran a 4.82-second 40 and 24 reps in the bench press. Seventh-rounder Greg Scruggs was not invited to the combine.