NFL Draft 2012: Profiling Former LSU DL Michael Brockers

Barrett Sallee@BarrettSalleeSEC Football Lead WriterApril 19, 2012

Former LSU DT Michael Brockers
Former LSU DT Michael BrockersJoe Murphy/Getty Images

We are one week away from the 2012 edition of the NFL draft, where SEC players are set to litter draft boards.

One name that will be called early by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is former LSU defensive lineman Michael Brockers.

Brockers is projected to go somewhere in the mid-to-late first round by many draft experts, making him another in a long line of LSU lineman to move on to the next level.

However, just how ready is Brockers for the NFL?

In his final big board before the draft, Bleacher Report's senior NFL Draft Lead Writer Matt Miller ranks him as the best defensive tackle prospect, most NFL-ready defensive tackle prospect, best defensive tackle vs. the run and the best defensive tackle five years from now.

Not bad accolades, to say the least.

Stats-wise, the 6'5", 322-pound Brockers wasn't the star of the LSU defense. He only had two sacks and 54 tackles, but 10 of those tackles were for a loss. Things start up front, and Brockers' presence as a run stopper on the interior line was a big reason why guys like Sam Montgomery and Barkevious Mingo had big years.

He declared for the draft after his redshirt sophomore season, so he's still a little bit raw in terms of on-field experience at the college level; but there's no denying his ability.

Michael Brockers is going to make some NFL general manager look really good.

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