The St. Louis Rams have asked for a little one-on-one time with LSU defensive tackle Michael Brockers following this week's 2012 Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, according to Joe Everett of RookieDraft.com. The Rams were one of four teams requesting a visit.
Would Brockers be a good fit for the Rams?
Brockers is considered by many to be the best defensive tackle in the draft, potentially the best defensive lineman, inside or out. He surprised the football world with his decision to enter the draft after his redshirt sophomore season. A first-round grade from the draft advisory committee changed his mind. The film does not lie, and he has the potential to be a top ten pick, despite a relatively short college career.
As for the Rams, Brockers would be a potential target should they choose to trade down from the second spot, in exchange for another team moving up to draft Robert Griffin III, the Baylor quarterback.
Head coach Jeff Fisher has a lengthy history of drafting defensive players over offensive players in the first round of the draft. However, few coaches and GMs have any sort of iron-clad philosophy about drafting defense versus offense. The Rams will visit with a number of players in the weeks leading up to the draft.
Brockers would fill a big need for the Rams. He might also be a good match of the best available player if the Rams end up picking sixth or somewhere else in the top ten. A defensive line with Brockers in the middle, bookended by Robert Quinn and Chris Long would be a fearsome thing for opposing quarterbacks.
Outside of the top two quarterbacks and Matt Kalil, Brockers might have the most upside of any player in the draft.
Here is the scouting report on Brockers from Mocking the Draft.