February 16, 2012
Agent: Brockers to visit Panthers
Former LSU defensive tackle Michael Brockers is scheduled to visit Charlotte for a pre-draft meeting with the Panthers on March 8, according to his agent.
Brockers, 6-5 and 306 pounds, had 54 tackles, an interception and three pass breakups in 2011 in his only season as a starter at LSU. He blocked a field goal in the Tigers' BCS championship game loss to Alabama.
In his latest mock draft, ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr. projected Brockers to go to the Panthers, who will pick 8th or 9th, pending a coin flip with Miami at next week's NFL scouting combine.
The Panthers drafted a pair of defensive tackles in the third round last season -- Terrell McClain and Sione Fua, who were starters before ending the season on injured reserve.
The Panthers signed veteran defensive tackle Ron Edwards in free agency last summer, but Edwards tore his triceps at the first training camp practice and was lost for the year.
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Posted by: jiyugh | Feb 17, 2012 9:01:15 AM
I'm not hating on the guy, but seriously, he's been a starter one year only, and apparently had no sacks-how exactly is he an upgrade to the two other DTs we drafted last year and have a year of pro experience under their belts now to go with Edwards (assuming he is healthy?) Think we need to shore up the secondary more or address another pass rusher or burner at WR.
Posted by: Wow | Feb 17, 2012 11:09:03 AM
Posted by: DL | Feb 17, 2012 11:54:42 AM
i agree, i think we need to either draft coples, kirkpatrick, or best WR available
Posted by: jason | Feb 17, 2012 12:54:46 PM
We don't need Coples, aka Julius Peppers, JR! Coples did not play well enough to warrant a top 10 pick! He takes too many plays off!!
Posted by: dbigcat | Feb 17, 2012 1:04:01 PM
Kirkpatrick is the best choice. Don't forget about Shirley and Kearse. Re-sign both of them and Nesbett. I would also interview a few FAs out there. Brackers is worth talking to - nothing wrong with that.
Posted by: Dirt | Feb 17, 2012 1:44:48 PM
@dbigcat Yeah I'd hate to have a player like Peppers. 10 sacks 4 of 5 ff,s a int and a field goal blk a year would be awful.
Posted by: bryant80 | Feb 17, 2012 3:07:55 PM
Ditto, Dirt !!!
Posted by: nasty704 | Feb 17, 2012 3:08:24 PM
Enough with the Project picks already , There were 52 Defensive Tackles that had more Sacks than this guy did last year , and A lot more defensive ends , but magically because he went to LSU he is going to become a beast and dominate at the NFL level . I've seen the film from last year and there were a lot more impressive D Tackles out there .
Put it this way , if you cannot be as disruptive as Nick Fairley was in 2010 , you should not be a top 10 pick at D Tackle , Period .
Posted by: Ploggins | Feb 17, 2012 3:31:19 PM
Melvin Ingrim or Alshon Jeffrey!!! Why isn't anyone talking about these two studs from South Carolina??? They would fit in perfectly and instantly.
Posted by: TheChadd1982 | Feb 17, 2012 3:45:16 PM
These draft predictors who get paid by agents to sell their guys as the greatest prospect since sliced Bread are at it again .
2 sacks all year but in two to three years he'll become worth a first round pick .There were six D Tackles had more that 6.5 sacks , and this GREAT Tackle from LSU , playing with two of the 3 best Corners in all College Football , and some of the best D Ends and Linebackers anywhere could only get to the quarterback twice , with so much talent around him. That's pathetic.
The Guy playing Tackle next to Jerel Worthy (# 98-Mich State) generated more pressure than either Worthy or Brockers did , but you don't hear anything about him,because these draft experts are getting big bucks to push these overrated payers onto stupid GMs' like Marty Hurney and the Panthers .
They did it already with Jimmy Clausen , let's see if they're that dumb to fall for it again .
Posted by: Mark | Feb 17, 2012 3:53:59 PM
Ingram yes , Alshon Jeffrey , maybe in the fifth round .
Why would you ever spend a first round pick on a receiver who cannot get open . If all you're going to do is throw the ball up high and let him go get it then fine , i'll say third round,but but seeing the routes he runs , how slow he is , he is not worth a top 64 pick.
Posted by: ploggins | Feb 17, 2012 4:03:21 PM
Forget the tackle position at #8 or #9. Get cornerback help or that stud linebacker from Alabama if he's available.
Posted by: SC Ken | Feb 17, 2012 4:06:39 PM
I don't think we need a trouble maker on the team like Kirkpatrick. If he's stupid enough to do what he did during the most crucial point of his life, then only God knows what he'll be up to after the draft. He's really not a shut down CB anyway. I think they should give Hogan a chance or bring in a worthy FA at CB. We don't need to draft another DT. Brockers or Coples would be a waste. I really like Jeffrey or Ingrim for the first pick. Ingrim and Johnson on the ends and Neblett and Edwards on the inside. If not Alshon Jeffrey
Posted by: TheChadd1982 | Feb 17, 2012 4:07:46 PM
By the way , Dre' Kirkpatrick is not close to a cover Corner. He is a glorified safety .
Sure he hits hard , but after the ball has already been caught .If you know what to look for there are five or six Cornerbacks who are better than Kirkpatrick . Just because he went to Alabama, let's not be stupid people.
Posted by: ploggins | Feb 17, 2012 4:13:38 PM
@ ploggins Alshon Jeffrey will be gone within the first 2 rounds dude. U must be a Clemson fan, lol. Stephon Gilmore would be another South Carolina stud to steal in the later rounds of the draft. Same for Antonio Allen.
Posted by: TheChadd1982 | Feb 17, 2012 4:22:21 PM
Dude , did you watch Jeffrey run routes , do you think he'll get open for CAM in the NFL with that speed(so to speak) and route running ability .
He has big play capability , but that's once or twice per game . If you're going to draft a Receiver in the first round he better be able to get open , and not be solely reliant on passes up high where he can outjump smaller defensive Players.
sure some team will take him in rounds 1 or 2 , but does not change the fact that he doesn't belong there . Gilmore is also a better cover corner than Kirkpatrick by the way
Posted by: ploggins | Feb 17, 2012 4:30:27 PM
If we're gonna get a receiver this year then Kamar Jorden the kid out of BGSU will be a stud in the NFL.
Has Good to very good speed , great hands and is a great route runner. Also great at catching passes in jump ball situations., and he'll probably not be drafted . I wish the Panthers would give him an invite to camp after the draft , or better yet , take him in the 6th or 7th round.
Posted by: ploggins | Feb 17, 2012 4:50:14 PM
I watched every game he played for the Gamecocks. If u throw it anywhere near him he'll catch it. Newton throws high off his back foot alot anyways so, it works out to his advantage. He may not be a burner, but that really is his only flaw. I would be completely suprised if he makes it to the third round undrafted. At least we agree on other issues, lol.
Posted by: TheChadd1982 | Feb 17, 2012 4:57:09 PM
If we're gonna draft a receiver we should wait till next year and take either Marquess Wilson or Keenan Allen . Both are 6'3 or taller , have terrific speed , are far more athletic than Jeffrey , are great run after catch players , and they get open for their quarterback .
something i'd like to mention .
Cam throws a Discuss , he does not throw a shot Putt like Phillip Rivers does , So unless we can get receivers who can get open , Cam is gonna be trying to throw a Discuss type pass over O line , D line, Linebackers, and in front of safeties . That's a recipe for a very high interception total.
Posted by: Mark | Feb 17, 2012 5:04:15 PM
You can'be asking the quarterback to throw a pass just because a receiver can jump high to get the ball .The receiver needs to get open too . Sooner or later there will be a tipped ball or a pass too high as you say Cam throwing off his back foot , and all you have to do is look at Cam's interceptions this past year . His receivers could not get open so he was throwing passes over the middle up high and getting picked off .
Yes if Jeffrey was there he would catch his fair share of high passes , but the ,so would the opposing teams defensive backs .
Posted by: ploggins | Feb 17, 2012 5:12:19 PM
I thought Jeffrey got open for his QB alot considering he was constantly in double coverage. Sometimes triple coverage. He would really do well in single coverage while Smith gets all the attention. Mark my words, whoever drafts this kid is getting a stud! Hopefully the Panthers realize that and make a move.
Posted by: TheChadd1982 | Feb 17, 2012 5:15:06 PM
C'mon man , Alshon Jeffrey is a Tight End , he's not a wide receiver. Dude only looked open cause he was twice the size of the Dbs' covering him . if he's sucesful in the NFL it will be because he can out physical his defenders most of the time , it will not be because he is open for a pass..LOL .
The Jorden receiver out of BGSU , Allen out of Cal and Wilson out of Washington State are far far better receiving prospects than Jeffrey . No contest .
Posted by: ploggins | Feb 17, 2012 5:33:03 PM
This seems to be a deep draft after the 10 selection in the 1st rd,so if we can find a good trading partner (a big IF)and pick up more draft choices, that might be the smart way to go.
Posted by: Black--Panther | Feb 17, 2012 8:27:45 PM
they need to go with kirkpatrick!! We need more secondary help than d-line at this point. With Brees, Ryan, and Freeman in our divison...we got to stop the pass. With the second pick, we need to try and get alshon jeffrey...kind of reminds me of Mushin Muhammad. He probably won't be on the board in the second round but it's a shot
Posted by: Eric | Feb 17, 2012 11:04:57 PM
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