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2015 NFL DRAFT

Michael Brockers, DT

School: LSU  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Sophomore  |  Hometown: Houston, TX
Height/Weight: 6-6 / 322 lbs.
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04/30/2012 - He's going to play. He's a good football player." With free-agent additions on the line like defensive tackles Kendall Langford and Trevor Law, and end William Hayes along with returning ends Chris Long, Robert Quinn and Eugene Sims, and returning tackle Darell Scott, general manager Les Snead said, "Not only do we get one of the players we wanted, but we made the defensive line unit one of our strongest units on the team." Fisher also said Brockers was in a group of players being considered if the Rams had been forced to stay at six and pick. Said Fisher, "We had Michael up there with No.-6 value and he was one of our considerations. We had other players up there with that No.-6 pick value, so when you have a number of players up there and the guy that you have interest in is no longer there, it makes sense to go. We talked about our needs and to be able to get pick No. 45 from Dallas was a deal we couldn't refuse." - The Sports Xchange

04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Rams' picks: Round 1/14 - Michael Brockers, DT, 6-5, 322, Louisiana State...A quality run-stuffer in college, the Rams expect defensive line coach Mike Waufle to also help him develop as a pass rusher. But stopping the run will be important on a defense that has struggled mightily in that department. - The Sports Xchange

04/30/2012 - Coach Jeff Fisher loves what he has in first-round pick Michael Brockers. Said Fisher, "Michael, he's a big man. At 322 pounds he's explosive, he's very instinctive. For not having played, for not being a four-year starter, he's very, very instinctive. He can play across the face of blocks, he pushes the pocket, he can collapse, he can get on an edge, he plays with effort. I mean, what else can you say? And there's so much more ahead of him. He's going to develop into a fine player. "And he's an outstanding young man, great character guy, hard worker. He's the complete package, now. He's what you want in a defensive tackle, especially in our division with the downhill runs and things like that. One person I know that's smiling right now is (linebacker) James Laurinaitis." Asked if Brockers is NFL ready, Fisher said, "He's NFL ready. He's not what you refer to as a project that's going to take a couple years to get on the field and make a play here and there. - The Sports Xchange

04/30/2012 - The Rams were in position to take Louisiana State cornerback Morris Claiborne, but instead moved down eight slots with Dallas and acquired the Cowboys' second-round pick (45th overall). Asked about the rationale behind the deal, Snead said, "I'm not going to name the players but there were multiple players that we really liked at that pick (No. 6), but we also had a plan that we talked about all week. If they didn't fall there then we would try to move back and pick up another pick, and the goal was to pick up another second so that we could spread the pick and get more and also get a player we wanted." That player was defensive tackle Michael Brockers. There was a consideration to trading down again, but coach Jeff Fisher said, "We were prepared to. We had set the value. There were other players on the board, but we couldn't wait any longer. We couldn't pass up this opportunity." When the dust cleared and their dealing was done, the Rams had Brockers, plus two additional second-round picks and first-round picks the next two years. Then, on the second day of the draft, the Rams traded the pick they got from the Cowboys to move down five spots and pick up a fifth-round choice, the one round where the Rams entered the draft with no selections. - The Sports Xchange

04/30/2012 - To assess the first two days of the Rams' draft, it's necessary to go deeper than to simply evaluate the five players the Rams selected in the first three rounds. What the Rams accomplished must be viewed from within the prism of where they were as the new league year approached in mid-March. With the second choice in the first round, general manager Les Snead and coach Jeff Fisher knew they had a precious commodity because of the obvious knowledge that quarterbacks Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III would be first two picks in the draft. In unprecedented fashion, the Rams were able to engineer a deal with Washington that was completed before the start of the league year and landed them with the sixth pick in the first round, a second-round choice (39th overall) as well as first-round picks in 2013 and 2014. Meanwhile, as their evaluations unfolded, it became apparent that a team with numerous needs could benefit from a draft that had a large number of very good players that were rated close to each other. The plan came to fruition as the Rams watched Cleveland trade to select running back Trent Richardson and Jacksonville jump in front of them for wide receiver Justin Blackmon in the first round. - The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - 2012 NFL DRAFT: PICK-BY-PICK ANALYSIS: 14. St. Louis Rams (draft-day trade with Dallas): DT Michael Brockers, LSU -- In February, the Rams were slated to pick second overall. Two deals later, the Rams landed a defensive tackle with the developmental upside to prove one of the real steals of the draft. - Jeff Reynolds, The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - The Rams were in position to take Louisiana State cornerback Morris Claiborne, but instead moved down eight slots with Dallas and acquired the Cowboys' second-round pick (45th overall). Asked about the rationale behind the deal, Snead said, "I'm not going to name the players but there were multiple players that we really liked at that pick (No. 6), but we also had a plan that we talked about all week. If they didn't fall there then we would try to move back and pick up another pick, and the goal was to pick up another second so that we could spread the pick and get more and also get a player we wanted." That player was Brockers. Said Fisher, "We had Michael up there with No.-6 value and he was one of our considerations. We had other players up there with that No.-6 pick value, so when you have a number of players up there and the guy that you have interest in is no longer there, it makes sense to go. We talked about our needs and to be able to get pick No. 45 from Dallas was a deal we couldn't refuse. So now you wait and things start falling into place, and there was a run on defensive tackles and the only club we really had to wait on was Arizona and Michael fell to us." - The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - There was a consideration to trading down again, but Fisher said, "We were prepared to. We had set the value. There were other players on the board, but we couldn't wait any longer. We couldn't pass up this opportunity." When the dust cleared and their dealing was done, the Rams had Brockers, plus two additional second-round picks and first-round picks the next two years. They now enter the second day of the draft with the first, seventh and 13th choices of the second round and the second pick of the third round. That gives them four of the first 34 picks on day two. Concluded Fisher, "We feel real good. There's not a head coach or a general manager right now talking about their pick that doesn't feel good, but we feel really good about this. We've got different needs than other clubs. We got another pick. We're going to get a top-notch player at 45, and we've got a guy that's going to be a dominant impact player for our defense." - The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - Coach Jeff Fisher loves what he has in first-round pick Michael Brockers. Said Fisher, "Michael, he's a big man. At 322 pounds he's explosive, he's very instinctive. For not having played, for not being a four-year starter, he's very, very instinctive. He can play across the face of blocks, he pushes the pocket, he can collapse, he can get on an edge, he plays with effort. I mean, what else can you say? And there's so much more ahead of him. He's going to develop into a fine player. "And he's an outstanding young man, great character guy, hard worker. He's the complete package, now. He's what you want in a defensive tackle, especially in our division with the downhill runs and things like that. One person I know that's smiling right now is (linebacker) James Laurinaitis." Asked if Brockers is NFL ready, Fisher said, "He's NFL ready. He's not what you refer to as a project that's going to take a couple years to get on the field and make a play here and there. He's going to play. He's a good football player." With free-agent additions on the line like defensive tackles Kendall Langford and Trevor Law, and end William Hayes along with returning ends Chris Long, Robert Quinn and Eugene Sims, and returning tackle Darell Scott, Snead said, "Not only do we get one of the players we wanted, but we made the defensive line unit one of our strongest units on the team." - The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - To assess the first day of the Rams' draft, it's necessary to go deeper than to simply evaluate the selection of Louisiana State defensive tackle Michael Brockers in the first round. What the Rams accomplished must be viewed from within the prism of where the they were as the new league year approached in mid-March. With the second choice in the first round, general manager Les Snead and coach Jeff Fisher knew they had a precious commodity because of the obvious knowledge that quarterbacks Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III would be first two picks in the draft. In unprecedented fashion, the Rams were able to engineer a deal with Washington that was completed before the start of the league year and landed them with the sixth pick in the first round, a second-round choice (39th overall) as well as first-round picks in 2013 and 2014. Meanwhile, as their evaluations unfolded, it became apparent that a team with numerous needs could benefit from a draft that had a large number of very good players that were rated close to each other. The plan came to fruition as the Rams watched Cleveland trade to select running back Trent Richardson and Jacksonville jump in front of them for wide receiver Justin Blackmon. - The Sports Xchange

04/26/2012 - ROB RANG'S TOP 50 PLAYERS OF THE 2012 NFL DRAFT: 11. Michael Brockers, DT, LSU*: Like his LSU teammates Claiborne and wide receiver Rueben Randle, Brockers significantly improved his workout results at his March 22 Pro Day after a Combine workout that, frankly, was disappointing. Brockers will likely be drafted within the top 20 picks of the 2012 draft not because of his current ability but because of the significant upside his frame, strength and versatility indicate he has. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

04/07/2012 - 2012 NFL DRAFT 1ST ROUND WILD CARDS: Considering his incredible physical potential, there isn't a team in the league that isn't intrigued by him. Having left LSU after just his redshirt sophomore season, however, he's very much a work in progress. Teams, themselves, don't seem to be sure what to think of him. Consider that of the NFL's 32 teams, approximately half have scheduled private meetings with Brockers, according to a source. What makes Brockers all the more of a wild card when it comes to projecting where he might wind up on draft day is the huge disparity in draft position of the clubs investigating him further. Brockers has meetings set up with teams picking early, like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (No. 5 overall), St. Louis Rams (No. 6), Jacksonville Jaguars (No. 7) and Miami Dolphins (No. 8) but also with clubs currently slated to pick much later, like the Cincinnati Bengals (No. 17, 21), Tennessee Titans (No. 20) and New England Patriots (No. 27, 31). - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

04/03/2012 - NFL DRAFT CONCERNS: DT Michael Brockers, LSU: When I asked Brockers' questions during the Combine, he repeatedly provided answers that didn't match up, indicating that he didn't understand the initial question. Considering LSU's less than sterling track record, don't be surprised if another Tiger underclassmen performed poorly on the exam. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

03/22/2012 - Defensive tackle Michael Brockers also has been projected as a possible first-round draft pick next month. Like Claiborne, Brockers wasn't satisfied with his performance at the NFL combine. He was far more pleased with what he accomplished at LSU. "I improved on just about everything from the combine," he said. "I didn't do too well there. Nerves got to me a little bit. It was a new environment. I was comfortable here. I wowed some coaches." Brockers ran a 5.15 40 at LSU - more than two tenths of a second better than his time at Indianapolis. He did 21 repetitions of 225 pounds in the bench press. Brockers had done 19 reps at the combine. His vertical jump improved from 26 inches to 30. "My stock was up there before the combine," said Brockers, who had two years of college eligibility remaining. "Then, my stock was at a standstill. Hopefully, I opened some eyes today. No particular team is talking to me more than another. My ability to play the 3-4 or 4-3 gives me good value." Jets coach Rex Ryan, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin and Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazer were among the coaches and scouts who showed up to watch the former LSU standouts perform. - AP Sports

03/13/2012 - NFL DRAFT SCOUT TOP DOWN DEFENSIVE LINEMEN: *Michael Brockers, DT, LSU, 6-6, 322, 1...Brockers had sub-par results at the combine that could hurt his draft stock, but when scouts study game tape they will see he is built for games, not underwear Olympics. His combine results included an unofficial 40-yard clocking of 5.36 seconds, a vertical jump of 26.5 inches and only 19 reps of 225 pounds in the bench. His game strength isn't reflected in the bench press because he has long arms that are built for playing leverage, not hoisting dead weight. He did have the luxury of being surrounded by a lot of talent, but pro scouts still noticed that Brockers has the strength, length and motor to play in the NFL. As a third-year sophomore last season, Brockers became a leader by example on one of the most talented defenses in the country. He totaled 54 tackles, 10 for a loss, two sacks, a forced fumble and an interception. Brockers played best in big games, evidenced by a career-high seven stops and a blocked field goal against Alabama in the BCS Championship Game. He arrived at LSU as a 250-pound defensive end but by the beginning of last season coach Les Miles predicted the he would be a "bear to handle inside." And since the end of the season he has added more than five pounds of lean muscle. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

02/29/2012 - 2012 NFL COMBINE FALLERS: Michael Brockers, DT, LSU: The underclassmen entered the Combine with as much buzz as any defensive player. Viewed as a playmaking interior lineman and ascending talent, he increased expectations by showing up with an extra few pounds he claimed was muscle mass that didn't affect his speed. But his pro day will be critical after poor workout numbers that included an alarmingly-slow 5.36 40 - third-worst among all defensive linemen - a 26.5-inch vertical, a 105-inch broad jump and a 4.81-second short shuttle. - Rob Rang/NFLDraftScout & Derek Harper/The Sports Xchange

02/27/2012 - LSU defensive tackle Michael Brockers is one of the most intriguing talents in the entire 2012 draft but a poor showing at the Combine Monday is certain to give scouts pause before labeling him as one of its best. Brockers had made a strong impression on scouts just by measuring in. The 6-5, 322 pounder created quite a buzz during the measuring process once scouts put the tape to his 35" arms. Scouts love long arms on defensive linemen as it can give them an advantage when fighting blocks. Because of this fact, scouts won't be too worried about the fact that Brockers finished tied for last among all defensive linemen performing in the bench press drill (19). Simple physics make it more difficult for long-armed athletes to impress in the bench press and Brockers' strength is obvious on tape. Unfortunately, Brockers performed just as poorly in several other Combine tests which should raise red-flags for scouts projecting the one-year starter as an immediate impact defender in the NFL. Brockers was clocked at an alarmingly slow 5.36 seconds in the 40-yard dash. This time was the third worst among all defensive linemen tested in Indianapolis this year. The only two defensive linemen with a time more than a hundredth of a second slower than Brockers were Missouri's Dominique Hamilton and Southern Cal's Christian Tupou. As a point of comparison, Brockers is currently rated as NFLDraftScout.com's No. 8 rated prospect overall. Hamilton and Tupou are rated 360th and 378th, respectively. Think the 40-yard dash time is an enigma? Think again. Brockers finished among the worst in defensive linemen tested in the vertical jump (26.5"), broad jump (105) and short shuttle (4.81), as well. - NFLDraftScout.com

02/25/2012 - Michael Brockers wasn't about to get drawn into a war of words. The LSU standout followed Penn State's Devon Still to the podium, and both drew large crowds as the top two defensive tackles in this draft - and potential top 10 overall picks. Still had just thrown down the gauntlet, confidently declaring himself the elite defensive tackle in this draft, without mentioning anyone else by name. "I think hands down I'm the best defensive tackle," Still said. "I want it more. I was able to take over a lot of games." The headline-chasing crowd asked Brockers about that statement a few minutes later, but he didn't take the bait. "If he said that, then he said that," said Brockers. "I haven't really watched his film, so I can't sit up here and say I'm better than him. I do know what I do good. I play the run. I'm a force in the middle. And I feel like I do a very good job with that." Brockers, currently NFLDraftScout.com's No. 8-rated overall prospect, is ahead of Still (No. 10) in a deep class of interior defenders. They're battling for coveted draft position as they have similar sizes and builds. Brockers, up five pounds from his college playing weight to 322 on his 6-5 frame, a continuing transition for someone who arrived in Baton Rouge as a 250-pound defensive end in 2009. "I'm like, 'Oh, snap! I'm 322 pounds," Brockers said of stepping on the scale after a workout, adding that it's five pounds of muscle mass that he has added since the end of last season. "I'm blessed to have this frame and still be quick with it. "I feel like at 322, I can move a lot better than some other guys can move. So I feel like that's my biggest strength. How big I am and how quick I am." - NFLDraftScout.com

02/23/2012 - NFL DRAFT SCOUT PRE-COMBINE TOP 64: 8. *Michael Brockers, DT, LSU, 6-5, 306, 1...As a third-year sophomore last season, Brockers became a leader by example on one of the most talented defenses in the country. He was named second-team All-SEC in 2011. He totaled 54 tackles, 10 for a loss, two sacks, a forced fumble and an interception. Brockers played best in big games, evidenced by a career-high seven stops and blocked field goal against Alabama in the BCS Championship game. He arrived at LSU as a 250-pound defensive end but by the beginning of last season coach Les Miles predicted the he would be a "bear to handle inside." Although he had the luxury of being surrounded by a lot of talent, pro scouts still noticed that Brockers has the strength, length and motor to play in the NFL. - Frank Cooney - The Sports Xchange, NFL Draft Scout

02/13/2012 - There has been a defensive tackle chosen among the top 10 names off the board in each of the past five drafts, and Michael Brockers of LSU and Penn State's Devon Still could extend that streak this season. Scouts seem to differ about which of the tackles at this point rates as the premier prospect at the position but they agree that both will almost certainly be chosen in the top half of the first round. The consensus seems to be that Still might be the better interior rusher, with a little bit quicker first step, but Brockers clearly has his admirers, as well. And the former LSU star might be the better all-around inside player. "Two great players and great kids," said one personnel director last week. "It's just a matter of personal preference." - Len Pasquarelli, The Sports Xchange

01/12/2012 - Redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Michael Brockers is also making the jump. He told the assembled media during his press conference Thursday that he'd received feedback that he'd be a late first round to early second round pick. "I heard my progression and my physical build would put me high in the draft," Brockers said. "You only get this opportunity once, so I wanted to take advantage of it." "I was focused on winning a national championship," Brockers said. "After the game was over, we lost and it was a nasty taste in my mouth, but I can move on from that and focus on the future...It was a family decision. We came together and we thought about the pros and cons about every situation. We just thought about every detail and this is the conclusion we came up with." Brockers signed with LSU as a 250 pound defensive end. He's grown into a 6-6, 306 pound monster for the Tigers and earned Second Team All-SEC pick in 2011, recording 54 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, two sacks, a forced fumble, an interception and blocked a field goal against Alabama in Monday's BCS Championship loss. Brockers' strength and length make him an ideal candidate to return to defensive end for a 3-4 club. His power, quickness and growing frame are sure to intrigue 4-3 teams, as well. It is this versatility and Brockers' obvious upside that had him rated as NFLDraftScout.com's No. 2 defensive tackle in the class of 2014. Though he'll be joining a talented group of defensive linemen in the 2012 draft and certainly could have improved his stock with two more years of collegiate eligibility, don't think NFL scouts will mourn his decision to enter the league early. Brockers, after all, was as impressive as any LSU Tiger in the BCS Championship game (seven tackles, tackle for loss, blocked kick) and appears to be just scratching the surface of his significant potential. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

01/12/2012 - LSU will lose two key components to its tremendously talented 2011 defense in 2012. Sources have told The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune that All-America cornerback Morris Claiborne and third-year sophomore defensive tackle Michael Brockers will announce their intentions to enter this year's NFL draft at a news conference Thursday. Brockers was a force in the middle of LSU's defensive line. He recorded 54 tackles, including 10 for loss, had an interception, defended three passes, and blocked a field goal in Monday's Allstate BCS National Championship Game. - Edward Aschoff, ESPN

01/12/2012 - LSU All-American cornerback Morris Claiborne and defensive tackle Michael Brockers have decided to leave school early to enter the NFL draft. "My decision had nothing to do with the game on Monday and how the season ended," Claiborne, a junior, said Thursday afternoon in a joint announcement with Brockers and coach Les Miles. "I knew this day was going to come." Brockers' 54 tackles were seventh on LSU's defense. The redshirt sophomore was credited with 10 tackles for losses, including two sacks. He also had a forced fumble and intercepted a screen pass. Their departures means the Tigers will have to replace two of their top defenders as they work to bounce back from Monday night's loss to Alabama in the BCS title game. "After the game Monday, I thought about how it ended. I talked to my mom, my grandmother and people close to me," Brockers said. "I made a decision. I think it was a good decision." The 6-foot, 185-pound Claiborne is projected to be a potential top 10 pick in next April's NFL draft. Brockers said he had been advised he could be selected as high as the first round but also in later rounds. Miles said he felt differently about the decisions of each player to turn pro, "but supported both." - AP Sports

12/07/2011 - 2011 ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-SEC FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM: DT - Michael Brockers, LSU, 6-6, 306, So., has been selected All-SEC Conference Second Team for the 2011 college football season as voted on by The Associated Press. - LSU football

09/15/2011 - KEEP AN EYE ON: DT Michael Brockers - The sophomore is taking on the role Drake Nevis had last season as the Tigers' top interior run stopper. He disrupted Oregon's spread option attack by getting into the backfield, then showed his athleticism by making a diving, one-handed interception against Northwestern State. - The Sports Xchange

09/15/2011 - Defensive tackle Michael Brockers said he's looking forward to State running at the Tigers rather than having to chase them side to side as much as they had to chase the Ducks. "They're very physical even though they run it out of the spread," Brockers said of State. "It's almost like an I formation the way they come out with power plays. We have to play very physical with those guys and up our game this game. "Oregon tried to run East and West and tried to get you out of your gaps, and this team doesn't care where you're at, they try and move you out of the gaps. That's the biggest difference." One thing that isn't different is the Tigers' plan to contain the Bulldogs' running game and knock them off schedule as they did against Oregon. "I feel like if we stop that like we did the last two games, they have to throw," Brockers said, "and I don't feel like anybody in the nation can throw with our cornerbacks and safeties." - The Sports Xchange

09/15/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: DT Michael Brockers has established himself as one of the leaders on the defensive line, and they'll need him at the point of attack to prevent the Bulldogs from running inside early. - The Sports Xchange

09/15/2011 - LSU's defense is allowing the fewest rushing yards of any team in the SEC, but it's about to be tested by Mississippi State, the team averaging the most rushing yards and total yards in the conference. The Tigers have contained Oregon's high-scoring offense and overwhelmed outmanned Northwestern State's going into its conference opener in Starkville on Thursday night. Though Oregon and Mississippi State both run versions of the spread offense, the Bulldogs are more of a power spread attack, something LSU's speedy defense hasn't faced in the first two games. "You're going to see a multiple-scheme running attack," Tigers coach Les Miles said. "I really felt like the Oregon attack, which was very capable, did not necessarily use scheme to its advantage. In this instance, there is quality scheme. I think our guys are going to have to take the line of scrimmage. The nature of that offense is a physical brand. I think our guys will enjoy that piece." - The Sports Xchange

 
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04/30/2012 - He's going to play. He's a good football player." With free-agent additions on the line like defensive tackles Kendall Langford and Trevor Law, and end William Hayes along with returning ends Chris Long, Robert Quinn and Eugene Sims, and returning tackle Darell Scott, general manager Les Snead said, "Not only do we get one of the players we wanted, but we made the defensive line unit one of our strongest units on the team." Fisher also said Brockers was in a group of players being considered if the Rams had been forced to stay at six and pick. Said Fisher, "We had Michael up there with No.-6 value and he was one of our considerations. We had other players up there with that No.-6 pick value, so when you have a number of players up there and the guy that you have interest in is no longer there, it makes sense to go. We talked about our needs and to be able to get pick No. 45 from Dallas was a deal we couldn't refuse." - The Sports Xchange

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