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Brockers would be a big addition to the Patriots defensive line.
Michael Brockers is an imposing figure at 6'6" and 322 pounds. The big man is a highly regarded prospect. In fact, CBS Sports has the LSU Tiger as the 10th best prospect in this year's draft.
With that said, his NFL Scouting Combine performance left much to be desired. Brockers ran just a 5.36 40-yard dash and benched only 19 reps. To put his strength in perspective, Ryan Baker, Brockers' 232-pound college teammate, benched 30 reps.
As a result of his disappointing numbers, Brocker's draft stock is falling. Fortunately, No. 90's loss is the Patriots' gain. Brockers could very well fall to the bottom of the first round and right into New England's lap.
In college, Brockers was a 4-3 defensive tackle. Yet, he is certainly capable of being a bookend defensive end in a 3-4 scheme. Since the Patriots waver between a 4-3 front and a 3-4 sub package, Brockers could be the star-studded defensive end that the organization has been longing for since the departure of Richard Seymour.
According to NESN's Jeff Howe, this redshirt sophomore would be an intriguing option for the Pats:
"Brockers has the positional versatility to play anywhere in a three-man front, so he'd fit into whatever scheme the Patriots run with in 2012, and because they've stocked up on defensive linemen, there wouldn't be any pressure for Brockers to step in right away as a rookie. The Patriots would have enough time to develop him."
In his only season as a starter for LSU, Brockers registered 47 total tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss and two sacks.
With tons of upside, Michael Brockers would be a steal for the Patriots at No. 27.