2012 NFL Draft Results: Grading Michael Brockers to the St. Louis Rams

Soven BerySenior Analyst IApril 27, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26:  Michael Brockers (R) of LSU holds up a jersey as he stands on stage with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after he was selected #14 overall by the St. Louis Rams in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 26, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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The St. Louis Rams selected defensive tackle Michael Brockers from LSU with the 14th overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft on Thursday night. 

Brockers was one of the main reasons the Tigers fielded one of the greatest college football defenses of all time in 2011. He went a bit under the radar, with other stars on his side of the ball getting a lot of credit and hype, but it's clear the Rams recognized his value. 

This guy is a complete beast and will be a great fit for St. Louis.

The NFC West is arguably getting better, and Brockers will be able to help stop the surging San Francisco 49ers and Arizona Cardinals. He will also be able to get to new quarterback Matt Flynn of the Seattle Seahawks

Brockers is an excellent run-stuffer and will be able to slow down talented running backs like Frank Gore and Marshawn Lynch. 

He has great size and strength with a wonderful bull rush that can overpower many linemen. He is always the lower man, and as the saying goes, “the lower man always wins.” 

He can get off blocks with ease, and once he is able to pull out of those blocks, the former Tiger can make a play on the ball-carrier. It is very hard to stop the big man, as he can occupy double-teams with ease. 

Brockers is versatile and will be able to fit in many defensive schemes. He will no doubt find a place in the St. Louis defense. 

He has a great motor and doesn’t ever stop. Any high school football coach would say that you have to play to the whistle. It seems someone was listening to his high school coach. 

Brockers was disruptive last year, totaling 54 tackles with 10 tackles for a loss, two sacks, a forced fumble and even a blocked kick.

This 6'5", 306-pound giant has an unmatched balance between size and strength. 

The only knock against him is that Brockers is a sophomore. But his fountain of youth makes his ceiling nonexistent. This season, Brockers played well beyond his years and can hopefully keep that level of intensity throughout his NFL career. 

For as much as we talk about his skills at run-stuffing, Brockers is not good at pass-rushing. But he is a rookie and can improve in that department. The LSU product is raw, but he has the skill and potential to be great for the Rams. 

This is a good pick, as it stabilizes a defensive line for St. Louis and will keep the Rams competitive with the better offenses in the NFC West. 

Grade: B+