2012 NFL Draft: Michael Brockers vs. Fletcher Cox

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2012 NFL Draft: Michael Brockers vs. Fletcher Cox
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There has been a lot of debate in the football world recently concerning Michael Brockers and Fletcher Cox.  The debate brings up more questions than it can answer, but here are two of the biggest questions: Which player is the better professional prospect, and which player should be drafted higher?

Right away upon comparison, the difference in size is obvious and worth noting.  Michael Brockers is 6’6” and 325 pounds.  Fletcher Cox is 6’4” and 295 pounds.  Both are big men, but Brockers has a significant advantage here.

Brockers is a massive man with the frame to grow a little, but he is still very athletic.  He is a huge football player that will dominate the run and wreak havoc on the interior of an offensive line.  That is what he can do today.  Brockers is what he is, and that's a dominant force at the point of attack.

Cox, on the other hand, is shorter, and at 6’4” there isn’t a lot of room for him to get bigger.  If he does add weight, can he hold onto his athleticism?  If he can’t add weight, then Cox is a “tweener,” a player who is too big for one position (defensive end in this case) and too small for another position (defensive tackle in this case).  If he stays inside against NFL size he may get swallowed up, and if he lines up as a defensive end he won’t be quick enough.

I went to the highlight tapes to compare each player for myself, looking for a few things in particular:

I wanted to see where they lined up, how productive they were, how many double-teams they faced and how productive they were when they faced double-teams. 

We are going to get a real look at each player (based on a tape of them against a common opponent) and we will determine how much production we see while they are double-teamed.

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