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LSU's Brockers up to 322 pounds for combine

Posted on: February 25, 2012 3:49 pm
Edited on: February 25, 2012 3:52 pm
 
Brockers somehow put on another 15 pounds before the combine. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

INDIANAPOLIS -- Between the time he came to LSU as a freshman in 2009 and the time he left after the 2011 season, Michael Brockers gained more than 50 pounds. (Although Brockers might try to tell you it's closer to 30.) Since the end of the season, he's gained another 15 pounds, clocking in at 322 pounds on Saturday at the combine.

But the weight is, as NFLDraftScout.com's eighth-ranked prospect put it on Saturday, "good." Brockers, who won't run the 40 or bench at the combine, said that the addition of any weight is primarily muscle-based.

"I guess I'm just blessed to have this body frame and still be able to be quick," Brockers said before acknowledging that the weight does slow him down some. "Oh yeah. When I went from 280 and I jumped up to 310 my 40 time went from like 4.8 to five-flat."

Brockers, who said he'd probably need to put on even more weight if he wanted to truly play defensive tackle in the NFL, is a guy analysts are fawning over at the combine. He's got the combination of size, speed, success, raw talent and ability to play multiple positions is enticing.

"I'm all over the board," Brockers said. "Since I played so many positions at LSU, I feel like I'm all down the line. I played the five [technique]. Not on passing situations, really more run situations."

Some teams to watch for Brockers are the Panthers at No. 9 overall; Carolina's definitely going defense and his biggest need  gave up the 25th most rushing yards per game in the NFL in 2011 and the eighth-most yards per carry in the NFL.

"I play the run, and I feel like I'm a force in the middle," Brockers said.

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Since: Apr 14, 2011
Posted on: February 25, 2012 9:47 pm
 

LSU's Brockers up to 322 pounds for combine

If it is anything to compare positions, Brockers at 322 seems to weigh less that the current weight of JaMarcus Russell's alleged 340.  All that muscle must have been amassed at his waistline because not much of it seemed to get to his legs, where strength is very important for a down lineman.  At this size and his alleged quickness, Carolina could use a 3-4 and have brockers clog the middle.  This could be the ticket for the Panthers to improve their run defense. 


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