Inside The Bills

Brockers wasn’t going to run

Posted by Chris Brown on March 1, 2012 – 6:44 am

LSU DT Michael Brockers, widely considered one of the top three DTs in this year’s draft pool, has been getting a lot of advice from Bills DT Kyle Williams. Last week at the NFL Combine Brockers said he wasn’t going to run the 40 or do the bench press. That changed.

Here’s what Brockers said the day before the defensive line workouts in Indianapolis.

“I’m not running the 40,” he said. “I’ll do that at my Pro Day. I’ll do all the other on-field drills. Just not doing the 40 or benching. I feel like I need more reps under my belt. I want it to be perfect. Just want to get some more technique under my belt and do it perfectly.”

Something obviously changed because Brockers went out and did everything. At 6’5″ 322 pounds Brockers posted a 5.36 40-time, got 19 reps on the bench, 7.46 seconds in the three-cone drill, 8’9″ inch broad jump, 26.5-inch vertical leap and a 4.81-second 20-yard shuttle.

Before you knock Brockers for being tied for the lowest rep count on the bench press among DTs at the combine with 19, keep in mind that he also has some of the longest arms among the DT class at 35 inches. Only Regina’s Akiem Hicks has longer arms at 35 1/8″ and he put up 26 reps. So that’s what Brockers should shoot for at his pro day on March 22nd.

It’s likely Brockers had a change of heart and elected to participate. Though some of his numbers weren’t great, he’ll earn points in the eyes of scouts for electing to give it a shot.

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