Did the Rams make the right move selecting defensive tackle Michael Brockers?
(KMOV) -- At this time last year, DT Michael Brockers was getting ready for his first season in the NFL. A season that would see him miss the first three games with a high ankle sprain. But he came back with a vengeance after that and played as well as any defensive tackle in the league.
Brockers had 11 tackles in 52 plays against the 49ers in his best game of the year on December 2nd.
This year, he expects to be even better. And so does defensive coordinator Tim Walton.
"He's a stud up front. He's a big athlete. He gives you a lot of flexibility also being able to play two technique or one technique or put him right over the center so he's gives us a lot of flexibility," Walton said.
Brockers actually put on a little bit of weight in the offseason. Playing last year at around 322 pounds, he added some more to that for the upcoming season. But the former first round pick says that was not by design.
"I really didn't know I was putting on a lot of weight. I was kind of scared I was getting overweight," Brockers said. "That's a bad thing when you're coming into training camp but they said it was good weight, good protein. I feel stronger. I feel faster. They said as long as I can play with it and be productive I can go ahead and get it."
So how good can Brockers be? Can he be among the best in the league in year number two?
"I don't want to say that. I know I work hard. If I work hard and practice hard on the field I bet in the games it'll turn over so that's what I'm working towards. Just trying to get better everyday and then on game day see what I can do," Brockers said.
The more the LSU product can stuff the run and push the pocket, the more he'll open things up for defensive ends Robert Quinn and Chris Long to get sacks on the outside. He'll also occupy blockers to free up linebackers James Laurinaitis, Jo-Lonn Dunbar and Alec Ogletree to make lots of tackles.