The St. Louis Rams have selected LSU defensive tackle Michael Brockers with the No. 14 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, after trading its No. 6 pick to the Dallas Cowboys. The Rams received the Cowboys' 45th overall pick in the second round for swapping picks.
St. Louis now is scheduled to hold three of the top 13 picks in the second round, with No. 33, 39 and 45.
Brockers has a large frame at 6'6", 306 lbs. His strength is against the run, and does not project to be an elite pass-rusher. He has shown a strong ability to read opposing offensive plays and adjust.
The LSU lineman graded out at an 87 percent in NFL.com prospect rankings. He ran a 5.36 40 yard dash at the combine and possesses a 26.5 inch vertical.
In three years at LSU, Brockers played 27 games with 15 starts. He had 79 tackles and two sacks in his collegiate career. Brockers earned second-team All-SEC honors his sophomore year in 2011.
St. Louis selecting Brockers sets him up to join a young defensive line with Chris Long, Robert Quinn and Kendall Langford.
In 2011, the Rams ranked 31st in run defense, allowing 152.1 rushing yards per game.
The Rams and Cowboys worked out a deal to trade picks shortly after the Jacksonville Jaguars jumped ahead of St. Louis to the No. 5 pick in a trade with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and selected wide receiver Justin Blackmon. The Oklahoma State receiver was picked to go to the Rams by the majority of analysts leading up to the draft.
In recent first round picks, the Rams have drafted Robert Quinn in 2011, Sam Bradford in 2010, Jason Smith in 2009 and Chris Long in 2008.