Michael Brockers is one of the safest picks in the 2012 NFL draft. He is safe because he is able to do things on an NFL level immediately. He can stop the run and he will command double-teams along the interior of the defensive front.
These are incredibly valuable tools for a player to have, especially in year one. There is a sense of security in knowing that your player can already help you.
There are multiple reasons to take a player, whether he fills a position of need or is a talent that can’t be ignored. Brockers fits the needs of almost every NFL team and at some point in the draft he will become such a talent that he should not be passed on.
That starts with the third pick in the draft.
Outside of the two quarterbacks at the top of the draft, there is no player that offers the security that Brockers does. He is going to command attention from more than one offensive lineman, and if you look around the league, players that can do this are crucial to helping their teams' defenses.
When a defensive lineman forces a double-team, it puts the players around him in a position to get to the quarterback. The New York Giants have won two Super Bowls on the strength of their defensive line.
Brockers played in the SEC and commanded double-teams constantly. He still managed to dominate the run and make plays at the edge of the defense.
In a perfect world, a team would feel safe knowing that the player they have selected will be a productive player for many years. This isn’t a perfect world and there are no guarantees, but with Brockers there are some things that we know he can do and there is a lot of value in that.