Michael Brockers is not the next coming of Ndamukong Suh, let’s get that clear from the start. The former linebacker, now undersized nose tackle, has an impressive 6’6” and 303lbs frame and is best utilized as a space eater in the middle. In 17 games for LSU he only managed two sacks but still draws great reviews for his high motor and work ethic, which leaves people in a quandary. Do you believe that the two-year starter can be coached into improving his pass-rushing repertoire, thus boosting his fantasy value, or will he be a Sione Pouha style run stuffer? If that’s the case then his fantasy value peaks at high-end DT2. By comparison, Marcel Dareus, last year’s #2 overall pick, who had similar run stopping skills, but far superior pass rushing ones, could only manage to be the 20th ranked DT last season, so buyer beware.
After trading back twice in the first round, the Rams eventually settled at pick 14 and selected Brockers. He will start immediately as St Louis had already released last year’s ageing starters, Fred Robbins and Justin Bannan as part of the roster overhaul under the new front office and coaching staff. Brockers will certainly see plenty of time early and face San Fran and Seattle offenses twice a year that thrive off the back of their running games, which will give him tackle opportunities. Unless you play in a defensive tackle required league, Brockers should go undrafted in your league, but keep an eye on his development.