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LSU DT Brockers joining Claiborne, Shepard in NFL

Posted on: January 12, 2012 5:45 pm
 
Earlier today the LSU Tigers announced that junior cornerback Morris Claiborne would be heading off to the NFL.

A little later, another junior -- wideout Russell Shepard -- made the surprising decision to join him.

Les Miles' chances at the Tigers winning the SEC again in 2012 was made significantly more difficult with the news that yet another LSU player is finishing his collegiate career early and heading off to the pros.

Redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Michael Brockers is also making the jump. He told the assembled media during his press conference Thursday that he'd received feedback that he'd be a late first round to early second round pick.

"I heard my progression and my physical build would put me high in the draft," Brockers said. "You only get this opportunity once, so I wanted to take advantage of it."

"I was focused on winning a national championship," Brockers said. "After the game was over, we lost and it was a nasty taste in my mouth, but I can move on from that and focus on the future…It was a family decision. We came together and we thought about the pros and cons about every situation. We just thought about every detail and this is the conclusion we came up with."

Brockers signed with LSU as a 250 pound defensive end. He's grown into a 6-6, 306 pound monster for the Tigers and earned Second Team All-SEC pick in 2011, recording 54 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, two sacks, a forced fumble, an interception and blocked a field goal against Alabama in Monday's BCS Championship loss.

Brockers' strength and length make him an ideal candidate to return to defensive end for a 3-4 club. His power, quickness and growing frame are sure to intrigue 4-3 teams, as well. It is this versatility and Brockers' obvious upside that had him rated as NFLDraftScout.com's No. 2 defensive tackle in the class of 2014. Though he'll be joining a talented group of defensive linemen in the 2012 draft and certainly could have improved his stock with two more years of collegiate eligibility, don't think NFL scouts will mourn his decision to enter the league early. Brockers, after all, was as impressive as any LSU Tiger in the BCS Championship game (seven tackles, tackle for loss, blocked kick) and appears to be just scratching the surface of his significant potential.
Comments

Since: Nov 9, 2006
Posted on: January 13, 2012 9:34 am
 

LSU DT Brockers joining Claiborne, Shepard in NFL

Here is my question regarding Rueben Randle. If he couldn't get open in the National Championship game, what makes him think he is ready to battle the solid NFL corners? He needs another year to get more physical off the line so he could get better seperation. Just my opinion, but what would I know? I've only been watching Dez Bryant, Justin Blackmon, Brandon Pettigrew over the past few years as an Oklahoma State fan. I don't disect LSU's wide receivers like I do OSU's. I wish them all well in the draft.



Since: Aug 23, 2011
Posted on: January 13, 2012 8:07 am
 

LSU DT Brockers joining Claiborne, Shepard in NFL

Sorry to see Brockers go. He was a monster but next year he could of been an All- American raising his draft stock. But he will still go late second early third. Shepard will not even be drafted.



Since: Mar 25, 2009
Posted on: January 12, 2012 7:21 pm
 

LSU DT Brockers joining Claiborne, Shepard in NFL

Word is Randle is also leaving

and i wouldnt blame him, he is ready unlike shepard, but also unlike shepard, randle is an LSU homer from bastrop, which gives them alot better chance at keeping him because he doesnt want to leave with a bad taste in his mouth, unlike shepard who is from texas and was only at LSU to play ball, im keeping my fingers crossed that he stays, but i also wouldnt blame him one bit



Since: Mar 25, 2009
Posted on: January 12, 2012 7:16 pm
 

LSU DT Brockers joining Claiborne, Shepard in NFL

as for shepard, i think he is making a bad choice since he hasnt exactly set the world on fire at LSU to make teams think he would be that great of a pro, he was passed over on the depth chart by a freshman while he was suspended, but just like my last post, the best pro prospect at reciever is reuben randle, who i am hoping stays for his senior year, although i wouldnt blame him for leaving, he will be a good pro, reminds me of bowe, but lsu has always gotten good recievers, even if they havent had the best qb's throwing them the ball, odell beckham had a great rookie year and i expect jarvis landry to step up next season, but i have heard alot of good things about this freshman coming in from florida, avery johson, wouldnt be surprised to see him in the mix, much like alabama, i dont put alot of weight into these players leaving early for the pros effecting their teams next season, including any teams (ohio st, usc, etc..) like these 2 who consistently have top 5-10 recruiting classes every year can afford to lose good players like this, its like a carousel, where one guy gets off, another gets on



Since: Feb 17, 2011
Posted on: January 12, 2012 7:15 pm
 

LSU DT Brockers joining Claiborne, Shepard in NFL

Word is Randle is also leaving



Since: Mar 25, 2009
Posted on: January 12, 2012 7:02 pm
 

LSU DT Brockers joining Claiborne, Shepard in NFL

Best of luck to brockers in the future, but to be honest the best pro prospect on the defensive line at LSU is freshman anthony johnson who was the #2 overall player ranked by rivals last year, the other spot will probably be filled by senior josh downs, but i wouldnt be surprised to see freshman ego ferguson eventually get the job alongside johnson, ferguson has the most upside of the 2, so needless to say it wont be hard to fill brockers spot


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