This week I’m focusing on a prospect that just recently played in the National Championship with LSU. He also could be a guy that could provide tremendous help to our crippled defensive line. And that guy is Michael Brockers.
Going into this past season Carolina’s defensive line was a weak spot in their defense, and after finishing that season those concerns remain the same. The Panthers were at the bottom of the league in rushing defense. And teams constantly had 100-yard rushers against the Panthers. They definitely could use another big body on the inside that could disrupt opposing backfields and Brockers could be just the man they’re looking for. He may be just a bit of a stretch for our number 8 pick in the draft, but not enough of a stretch where it would be absurd to take him. But the Panthers might elect to trade down anyways and pick up some more draft picks.
Brockers is a redshirt sophomore and is an absolute beast inside. At 6-6, 306 lbs, he is a huge problem for offensive lines to block. He can over power offensive lineman and get into the backfield and bring down ball carriers. He also draws a lot of attention from opposing lineman, and that frees his linebackers up to make tackles. He has a good football IQ and has great quickness with his hands and feet. Brockers is someone that has a very good motor and works hard to fight through double teams. He also is not a guy that’s going to bring a lot of off-field issues to the team, and also has a great work ethic, which should fit in well with some of the others guys on the team.
Rookies Terrel McClain and Sione Fua weren’t as productive as the Panthers had hoped they would be. Both men played hard, but they just simply weren’t being effective. Neither one of them caused of enough disruption for teams to even consider putting a double team on them. The Panthers do have Ron Edwards coming back, but with his age it’s hard to see him being a huge contributor. Therefore I could see Carolina drafting a guy like Brockers, or waiting till the second round and drafting a guy like Brandon Thompson from Clemson.