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.
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