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Posted: 4/1/2012 3:17 PM

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Michael Brockers' Potential Could Make Him Exciting Draft Target for Patriots

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by Jeff Howe on Sun, Apr 1, 2012 
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Michael Brockers.

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick loves building depth on the defensive front, evidenced by the 20-plus linemen he had in training camp in 2011. Even though they appear to be set in the middle of the line as they gear up for 2012, the feeling is the Patriots won't settle at that position.

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Enter LSU defensive tackle Michael Brockers, who is the latest Tiger to emerge from the front line. His draft stock has been all over the place during the last few months, but he should be someone who would draw interest from the Patriots.

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Brockers is the focus of the first installment of a 26-day series that will highlight draft prospects who could land with the Patriots at the end of April. Maybe the prospect fits perfectly in the range of their 27th and 31st picks. Maybe he's intriguing enough for them to make a rare move up the board. Or maybe it's a player who could be available in the mid-30s, causing the Patriots to, gasp, trade down.

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Key Stats

The 6-foot-5, 322-pounder had two sacks, 10 tackles for loss, one interception, one blocked field goal and 54 tackles as a redshirt sophomore last season.

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Why the Patriots Would Want Him

Brockers has a ton of potential, and he's still growing into his frame, which means he still doesn't have the exact awareness of how to attack opponents with the best utilization of his size and explosion. He's a project, but he really broke out last season. Brockers is only 21 years old, too, so again, there's plenty of room for improvement, and he could turn into a front-line staple for his NFL team.

Brockers has the positional versatility to play anywhere in a three-man front, so he'd fit into whatever scheme the Patriots run with in 2012. And because they've stocked up on defensive linemen, there wouldn't be any pressure for Brockers to step in right away as a rookie. The Patriots would have enough time to develop him.

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Why the Patriots Might Stay Away

While Brockers showed plenty of potential last season, he also disappeared at times. Therefore, his draft stock is tied into the way each team projects him, more than most anyway. If the Patriots like him, he might be a steal at the end of the first round. If they don't, no biggie -- there's going to be plenty of talent available at that point in the draft.

One other thing, which isn't completely related to Brockers: There's a good group of interior linemen who should be available in that area of the draft. If the Patriots grade Brockers similarly to other prospects, they could address a thinner position with the 27th pick and simply hope he's still there at No. 31. If that's the case, it might not be an intention of simply staying away rather than maximizing their value with two close picks on the board.

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Potential Impact in 2012

Brockers will make his plays, but he'll also get exposed due to his lack of experience. Again, the Patriots can afford that type of luxury more than other teams because they've got a good group of interior linemen. If the Patriots take him, he'll show up enough as a role player during his rookie year to create more excitement about his potential in 2013.

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Likelihood Brockers Is Available at No. 27

The group of defensive tackles looks cloudy, so it's still a guess at this point. Less than three months ago, Brockers looked like a rock-solid top-10 pick, but that poor combine performance dropped him down the latter. If Brockers is the third defensive tackle off the board, he probably won't last to No. 27. But as the fourth or fifth? Yeah, he could definitely be there.

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Posted: 4/6/2012 1:38 PM

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2012 NFL Draft: Brockers Appearance Suggests New England Patriots Might Trade Up

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by Sean Rollins
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Crystal LoGiudice-US Presswire
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The New England Patriots are going into the 2012 NFL Draft with two pressing needs: defensive line and defensive back. Over the last 24 hours, LSU star defensive lineman Michael Brockers has been spotted at Patriot Place and Gillette Stadium, home of the Patriots.

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So are the Patriots planning a move? Michael Brockers is one of the top defensive lineman in the draft and by all indications, he will not be available when the Patriots make their first selection late in the first round. However, these reports seem to indicate that the Patriots are taking an interest in the lineman described as similar to Richard Seymour who the Patriots traded prior to the 2009 season. This would seem to be a possible move for the team as they have been unable to fill the void left by Seymour at right end since his departure.

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With the 27th selection in the first round being the first selection for New England, chances are virtually non-existent that Brockers would be available that late. Most projections for the big lineman have him going about midway through the first round possibly as high as 11th and as low as 25th but it would be very surprising to see him go any lower than that. It’s possible that the Patriots could make a trade with one of those teams to acquire what the Patriots may see as an essential piece to the future of their defense.

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Currently the Patriots interest level in Brockers is purely speculation as pre-draft visits are common in the NFL and in no way mean that a team is serious in pursuing a particular player or pick. However, with the potential of a player such as Brockers, there exists a real possibility that his skill set may convince the Patriots front office to make a move to grab one of the premier defensive linemen in this year’s draft.

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Posted: 4/6/2012 2:01 PM

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Hmm.  If they like him they may move up but I doubt to anything above 20.  The price and risk would be too high.
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Posted: 4/6/2012 7:54 PM

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I actually like Devon Still alot more and the other kid Fletcher Cox.I would trade up for those guys.Another guy is Whitney Mercilus.
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Posted: 4/6/2012 8:14 PM

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I'm with you with Still and Cox. I just hope the Patriots stay away from Mercilus. He was no existent his Freshman and Sophmore seasons and broke out his last year. Guys who only hav one good college season are incredibly risky to me. Brockers has the greatest potential of the 3 IMHO. Still and Cox are both a little suspect in pass rush.
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Posted: 4/17/2012 6:51 PM

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stealthdog666 wrote: I'm with you with Still and Cox. I just hope the Patriots stay away from Mercilus. He was no existent his Freshman and Sophmore seasons and broke out his last year. Guys who only hav one good college season are incredibly risky to me. Brockers has the greatest potential of the 3 IMHO. Still and Cox are both a little suspect in pass rush.
Hearing a lot of things about Brockers.  

Certainly you've names guys who can play, and all of them would beat out Brace IMHO.  

The team just can't afford to pass up a true dominant DT at this point.  Gerard Warren isn't getting any younger and the Haynesworth experiment was a joke.  Imagine if Haynesworth actually played well. 

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Posted: 4/17/2012 8:15 PM

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Yep, I'd take any one of Brockers, Cox, or Still.  I'd even throw in Worthy.  Only concern with Brockers is his being just a RS Soph.  Wondering if BB will draft him for his potential, and wondering why he came out this year considering if he went back he had the potential to be a top 7 pick next year. 

So if all those guys are on the board, which one would BB take?

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