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Scouting the Draft: LSU DT/DE Michael Brockers

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Jonathan Bales

After kicking off my NY Times “Scouting the Draft” series with an analysis of Penn State’s Devon Still, I stayed at the defensive tackle position to study LSU’s Michael Brockers.  From my analysis:

Although Brockers has very similar measurements to Devon Still, the two have different body types.  Still seems as if he can still add weight, but I fear that Brockers has peaked.  It says a lot about his work ethic that he has been able to add the size and strength he has, but how much room is really left for improvement?

Brockers’s skills are also vastly different.  Brockers is not nearly as fluid as Still, possessing average to below-average lateral quickness. He gets penetration from the inside, but he’s really more of a space-eater than anything else — an undersized nose tackle, if you will.  Brockers handles double teams quite well, using his strength to stand his ground, disengage from blocks and make tackles.

You can read the rest of my scouting report and watch film on Brockers here.  Ultimately, I much prefer Still to the LSU lineman.  As it relates to Dallas, I don’t think Brockers has enough play-making ability to warrant selection at No. 14.  He will probably be off the board by then anyway.  Nonetheless, Brockers is a “space-eating” tackle who will likely be a run-stuffing defensive end (if he plays in a 3-4 scheme) in the pros. . .in short, he’s Marcus Spears all over again.

Previous Scouting Reports

Devon Still, DT/DE, Penn State

Courtney Upshaw, DE/OLB, Alabama

David DeCastro, G, Stanford

Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB, South Carolina

Quinton Coples, DE, UNC

Janoris Jenkins, CB, Florida/North Alabama

Mark Barron, SS, Alabama

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2 Responses to Scouting the Draft: LSU DT/DE Michael Brockers

  1. Tyrone Jenkins says:

    NOT WORTH THE 14TH OVERALL PICK! PERIOD!

  2. john coleman says:

    What I see here is an active player. He also seems to diagnose plays quickly. Given the facts that he is facing a lot of doubles, is playing against SEC competition, and is young, I’m thinking he will be pretty good. I’m not sure why you think he will not be able to add weight and won’t need to at DE.

    Comparing he and Still is a tough task. I see explosiveness in both players and solid play recognition. To say that Still is superior as a senior, than Brockers as a sophomore, is an obvious call. The question begs what upside is left for each. Brockers has issues that are fixable with good coaching and work ethic. You say he has the work ethic and doesn’t coast. At #6 Brockers is too high. In the 2nd he is a steal. If we look at right now, Still is probably the pick. If we look in 2 years, Brockers might surprise. I would not be upset with either.

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