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Brockers signed on with LSU as a 250-pound freshman defensive end in 2009 and in just three seasons with the program grew into a 300 pound monster in the middle whose impact on defense rivaled that of Morris Claiborne and even Tyrann Mathieu. In retaining his cat-quick agility despite adding strength and mass, Brockers boasts an athletic skill-set that no other defensive tackle in the 2012 draft can match.
Brockers redshirted in 2009 and flashed a great deal of potential a year later, seeing action in 13 games and starting against Alabama. He registered four tackles against the Tide and had 25 for the season, including one for loss against North Carolina. He also forced a fumble against Lousiana-Monroe that his teammate Lavar Edwards returned for a touchdown. Nothing in 2010, however, foreshadowed the season Brockers would have as a redshirt sophomore.
Brockers started off his 2011 campaign with a bang by tying his career high with five tackles in a highly anticipated season opening matchup against the Oregon Ducks. Brockers seemed to play at his best in big games, recording four tackles (including three for loss) and a sack against Mississippi State, three tackles and a tackle for loss against Florida, five tackles against Arkansas, six tackles in the SEC Championship Game against Georgia, including two for loss, as well as a forced fumble and a pass broken up. Finally, Brockers recorded a combined 11 tackles in his two games versus Alabama, including a career-high seven stops in the BCS Championship game. Brockers also recorded a tackle for loss and blocked an Alabama field goal in the early second quarter that kept the Crimson Tide's lead at just 3-0. For the year he recorded 54 tackles, including 10 tackles for loss and two sacks. He was named to the Second Team All-SEC squad.
All of the usual caveats apply with grading this redshirt sophomore as a potential first round pick. He only has one season of dominant play, was surrounded by a great deal of talent and experienced his success on a defense that helped Glenn Dorsey and Tyson Jackson earn top five grades that frankly neither has played up to at this point.
Brockers' unmatched combination of size, athleticism, strength and youth is tantalizing, however. He played with great passion and the awareness of a four-year not one-year starter in 2011. Capable of starring as a three-technique defensive tackle or holding the point as a five technique defensive end, Brockers will be highly valued by 4-3 and 3-4 teams, alike. If he plays with the same passion in the NFL that he did for the Tigers in 2011, he'll prove to be a standout regardless of the scheme he's placed into.
Pass rush: Only registered two sacks in 2011 but appears to have blossoming natural pass rush skills. Good initial quickness off the snap and flashes an explosive burst to split gaps. Surprising use of leverage for a player of his height. Good arm length and strength to keep his opponents' hands off his chest. Good bull rusher due to his use of leverage and good leg drive. Good quick arm-over swim move, which is made especially effective due to his long arms. Stymied at the line of scrimmage by chop blocks early in the season (Oregon) but improved his awareness and balance as the year went on. Good lateral agility and an explosive burst to close when the quarterback is near. Good awareness to get his hands in the air. Knocked down three passes in 2011 including making a diving interception against Northwestern State.
Run defense: Again, shows surprising bend and power to win the leverage battle despite his height. Used as part of a rotation and loses his effectiveness when his pad level rises as he tires. Good upper body strength to stack and shed. Lacks the anchor to hold up to double teams, but shows good quickness and aggression to seize the gap and works hard to split it. Pursues well when he has a lane to do so. Can get tied up inside and lose track of the ball. Good effort. Gets up quickly when knocked to the ground and gives his all to the whistle.
Explosion: Flashes enough quickness off the snap to threaten gaps at three-technique, especially when slanting. Heavy hands, good lower body strength and the ability to roll his hips into his opponent to drive them backwards on the bull rush. Arrives with a thud as a tackler.
Strength: Still growing but shows very good strength to hold up as an interior run defender when he maintains his proper pad level. Long, strong arms for the take-down tackle despite being engaged with a blocker.
Tackling: A forceful hiter who brings his hips to explode into the ball-carrier. "Only" forced one fumble in 2011 but did the same in 2010 despite considerably less playing time. Appears to have the athleticism and closing speed to improve in this area with more experience. Generally a good wrap-up tackler who brings ball-carriers to the ground quickly and securely. Good effort laterally and downfield in pursuit.
Intangibles: Given a late first to early second round grade by the NFL Advisory Committee. Lined up as a three technique, on the nose (zero technique) and outside at defensive end (five technique) for LSU in 2011. Has had no known off-field or injury issues while at LSU. Though Brockers' 2011 season seemingly came out of nowhere, head coach Les Miles predicted it heading into the 2010 season characterizing Brockers as "becoming a bear to handle inside."
Started all 13 games at left defensive tackle ... Third on the team with 9.5 tackles for a loss ... Imposed his will on the interior of the line all season ... Set a career high with six total tackles, all solo, in the SEC Championship Game against Georgia and added two TFLs, one forced fumble and one pass breakup ... Registered his second sack of the season at Ole Miss and posted two solo stops ... Paced the defense at Mississippi State with four solo tackles, a career-high 3.0 tackles for a loss and his first career sack ... Recorded his first career interception on a stellar diving play against Northwestern State.
Saw action in 13 games with one start ... Racked up a season-best five tackles and one forced fumble that Lavar Edwards returned for a TD against Louisiana-Monroe ... Made his first career start against Alabama and picked up four tackles in the win over the Crimson Tide ... Credited with a QB hurry against Tennessee ... Saw significant playing time against North Carolina and made two tackles, one for a loss, in his first career appearance.
Redshirted as a true freshman in 2009.
A dominating defensive end that was considered among the top prospects in the state of Texas for the Class of 2009 ... A SuperPrep All-American in 2008 ... A four-star prospect according to Rivals.com and Scout.com ... A member of the Rivals 250 ... Ranked as the No. 20 recruit in the state by SuperPrep ... Also ranked No. 23 statewide according to Rivals.com ... Enjoyed an outstanding senior season in which he led Chavez High School to the first round of the Texas Class 5A state playoffs ... Earned first-team all-region and all-state honors as a senior ... Established himself as one of the state's up-and-coming defenders after finishing his junior season with 59 tackles and 10 sacks in 2007 ... Also terrorized opponents on special teams as he recorded one blocked punt and one blocked field goal ... Coached at Chavez High School by Michael Jackson.
Full name is Michael Seth Brockers ... Goes by Michael ... Born on Dec. 21, 1990, in Houston, Texas ... Mom is Tiffany Brockers ... Has four siblings - Ashton, Nicholas, Harrison and Jessica ... Majoring in general studies.
Draft Scout Player News
08/25/14 - DT Michael Brockers, who suffered a minor ankle against Cleveland Saturday night, was OK the day after the game and could play Thursday if coaches decide to.
08/20/14 - DT Michael Brockers, who missed the first two preseason games because of an ankle injury, returned to full practice participation Tuesday. Coach Jeff Fisher the practice for Brockers was "like he hadn't been hurt. I'd say that's a good sign."
08/11/14 - DT Michael Brockers (ankle), who has missed about a week, did not practice, but did watch practice, an indication he is getting closer to returning.
07/31/13 - DT Michael Brockers missed the first three games of the 2012 season because of a high ankle sprain. He came back and played well, but Brockers believes things will be even better after totally healing and also having February surgery for bone spurs in his other ankle.
After a full offseason in the conditioning program, coach Jeff Fisher said, "Mike did a great job coming back off the high ankle and really finished up strong toward the second half of the season. He's worked very hard. He's changed his body and we think he can be a dominating player in the front. ... He's gained some weight, but it's good weight.
"He's gained a tremendous amount of strength. (Line) coach (Mike) Waufle, like the rest of them, is doing a good job with his hands and his understanding."
Brockers said he increased his weight from 315 to 325 by working out and eating right. He said, "I'm as quick as I was at 315. I feel stronger and faster. And, I'm more comfortable, knowing my plays and being able to go really fast."
As for the team's defense, Brockers said, "We can be a dominant force. Everyone is excited to show the world what we can do."
12/31/12 - DT Michael Brockers left the game with an ankle injury but returned. Brockers never totally recovered from a high ankle sprain he suffered in the final preseason game that caused him to miss the first three games of the regular season.