Few defensive players in the 2012 NFL draft have as much raw athletic ability and potential as LSU defensive tackle Michael Brockers. How he uses that potential, and where his ceiling is, is the question.
Brockers played in a sophisticated LSU defense that did a great job rotating defenders based on their talents.
As such, Brockers rarely saw the field on third down, as LSU opted for smaller, quicker pass-rushers on obvious passing downs. That doesn't mean Brockers can't rush the passer, it just means he wasn't asked to in the LSU scheme.
What Brockers was asked to do—and one thing we love about his game—is stop the run. He was a 2-gap defender on first and second down, and his ability to hold up blockers and make big tackles in the middle make him an ideal candidate for a 3-4 or 4-3 defense.
We talk a lot about "scheme versatility," and Brockers has a ton of it. His size and athleticism make him a great fit in multiple schemes and positions.
Analysis: After trading back into the middle of the first round, the Rams pick up a player who could have found his way in the top-10. Brockers will pair nicely on the inside, with Chris Long on the outside to give the Rams some serious talent up front.