Blog Entry

Combine shows Brockers has plenty of red-flags

Posted on: February 27, 2012 7:43 pm
Edited on: February 28, 2012 12:31 am
  •  
 
LSU defensive tackle Michael Brockers is one of the most intriguing talents in the entire 2012 draft but a poor showing at the Combine Monday is certain to give scouts pause before labeling him as one of its best. 

Brockers had made a strong impression on scouts just by measuring in. The 6-5, 322 pounder created quite a buzz during the measuring process once scouts put the tape to his 35" arms. Scouts love long arms on defensive linemen as it can give them an advantage when fighting blocks. Because of this fact, scouts won't be too worried about the fact that Brockers finished tied for last among all defensive linemen performing in the bench press drill (19). Simple physics make it more difficult for long-armed athletes to impress in the bench press and Brockers' strength is obvious on tape. 

Unfortunately, Brockers performed just as poorly in several other Combine tests which should raise red-flags for scouts projecting the one-year starter as an immediate impact defender in the NFL.  

Brockers was clocked at an alarmingly slow 5.36 seconds in the 40-yard dash. This time was the third worst among the 49 defensive linemen tested in Indianapolis this year. The only two defensive linemen with a time more than a hundredth of a second slower than Brockers were Missouri's Dominique Hamilton and Southern Cal's Christian Tupou. As a point of comparison, Brockers is currently rated as NFLDraftScout.com's No. 8 rated prospect overall. Hamilton and Tupou are rated 360th and 378th, respectively. 

Think the 40-yard dash time is an anomoly? Think again. Brockers finished among the worst in defensive linemen tested in the vertical jump (26.5"), broad jump (105") and short shuttle (4.81), as well. 

Brockers elected to leave LSU with two years of college eligibility remaining. While his statistics were less than jaw-dropping (47 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, two sacks), his play got better as the year went on and culminated with a strong showing in the BCS Championship in which he appeared to be one of the best players on the field.

Considering the talent at Alabama and LSU, that's saying a mouthful.  

However, the past two highly regarded LSU defensive linemen -- Glenn Dorsey and Tyson Jackson -- haven't enjoyed the pro success expected after generating top five picks (both by the Kansas City Chiefs) in recent years. And that fact should give scouts pause, as well.  
  •  
Comments

Since: Feb 29, 2012
Posted on: February 29, 2012 9:59 am
 

Combine shows Brockers has plenty of red-flags

His 35" arms are not an excuse...to put it in perspective.  DT Fletcher Cox 6'4" 300 pounds has 34 1/2" arms...and he put up 30 reps. 1/2" shouldn't make that much difference...

And as far as his 40 time...its not "slow", but based on all his workout measurables...there isn't anything ELITE about this guy, well except he is 6'6.  Heck even Poe ran sub 5.0 and he is pushing 350. 



Since: Feb 15, 2011
Posted on: February 28, 2012 5:53 pm
 

Combine shows Brockers has plenty of red-flags

Talk about 'red flags.' When I see 'this LSU tiger,' I know I can ignore the writer's opinion.



Since: Oct 5, 2007
Posted on: February 28, 2012 3:00 pm
 

Combine shows Brockers has plenty of red-flags

Fair or unfair, I definitely look at the school's lineage when sizing up a position in the draft.
Glenn Dorsey, Tyson Jackson, Marcus Spears, even Booger McFarland, going back a few years, for the money expended and their draft positions, were bad selections. Period.
In LSU's defense, 5th round pick Kyle Williams (Buffalo) and 4th round pick Jarvis Green (NE) probably outplayed their draft positions.
Still, this guy looks like a scary proposition for any team selecting near the top of round 1. 



Since: Jan 27, 2011
Posted on: February 28, 2012 12:58 pm
 

Combine shows Brockers has plenty of red-flags

This guy is a bust. STAY AWAY



Since: Sep 28, 2007
Posted on: February 28, 2012 12:04 pm
 

Combine shows Brockers has plenty of red-flags

You are out of your mind to say a 322 lb DL that runs a 5.3 - 40yd is slow. Now the measurable of sub 22reps in the bench press is NOT good, but the arm length of 35inches throws off the leverage. But forget the measurables and check the football stats...this LSU tiger is worthy to be the 8th overall prospect. 



The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com