NFL Combine 2012: What Teams Could Be in on LSU DT Michael Brockers?

Zach KruseSenior Analyst IFebruary 26, 2012

OXFORD, MS - NOVEMBER 19: Barry Brunetti #11 of the Ole Miss Rebels scrambles with the ball against Michael Brockers #90 of the LSU Tigers on November 19, 2011 at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Mississippi.  (Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images)
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Just three years ago, Michael Brockers arrived on the campus of Louisiana State University as a highly-touted, 250-pound defensive prospect. 

It's fair to say he's grown up now. 

Brockers weighed in at the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine at 322 pounds, which is over 70 pounds more than what he weighed as a freshman at LSU and just over 15 what he was listed at during his redshirt sophomore season in 2012. 

While Penn State defensive tackle Devon Still went about proclaiming himself to be the top defensive tackle in the 2012 class, Brockers' frame and enormous potential have NFL scouts drooling.

Brockers isn't performing any of the workouts at the combine, but the extra weight isn't affecting the athleticism that has made him such an intriguing prospect, according to Will Brinson of CBS Sports. 

"I guess I'm just blessed to have this body frame and still be able to be quick," Brockers said before acknowledging that the weight does slow him down some. "Oh yeah. When I went from 280 and I jumped up to 310 my 40 time went from like 4.8 to five-flat."

Brockers also said that he's going to be a versatile player on the defensive line.

"I'm all over the board," Brockers said. "Since I played so many positions at LSU, I feel like I'm all down the line. I played the five [technique]. Not on passing situations, really more run situations."

Now that Brockers has solidified himself as a top-20 pick, several teams should be in the running for his services:


Carolina Panthers

Brockers could very easily land in Carolina. The Panthers have a gaping need at defensive tackle, and Brockers has established himself as one of (if not the) top prospect inside. Most mocks have the Panthers taking Brockers at No. 9. 


Seattle Seahawks

The Seahawks need a defensive end to play opposite Chris Clemons, but could Brockers be too much to pass up if he fell to No. 12? The value fits here, too. 


San Diego Chargers

They used a top pick on a defensive end (Corey Luiget) in last year's draft, but Brockers would give San Diego a top, young duo at the five-technique. It's still a long-shot that Brockers falls to No. 18. 


Tennessee Titans

Albert Haynesworth 2.0? The talent is certainly there, but the attitude isn't. Tackle isn't a top need, but you'd better believe the Titans can see a little Haynesworth in Brockers.  


Denver Broncos

John Elway would do backflips in the war room if Brockers somehow fell to No. 25. Defensive tackle is high on the Broncos' need list.


Green Bay Packers

GM Ted Thompson could be flushed with draft capital if Matt Flynn is tagged and traded. The Packers need a player to replace Cullen Jenkins after a disastrous 2012, so it's possible that a trade-up could happen.