The St. Louis Rams had the second overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft. Then they traded down to the sixth overall pick. Then they traded down again to the 14th overall pick. That’s where they finally put in their card, selecting LSU defensive tackle Michael Brockers.
Some will see Brockers as a bit of a reach at 14, but new Rams head coach Jeff Fisher has always liked big defensive tackles, and Brockers is definitely that. In 2011 at LSU the 6-foot-5, 322-pound Brockers started every game, had 9.5 tackles for loss and was an All-SEC selection.
For the Rams, the Brockers selection instantly upgrades the defense. Fisher has to be happy about that.
And now the Rams focus on Friday, when they will own the second round of the draft: They have pick No. 33, tomorrow’s first pick, which means they’ll be able to spend all day fielding calls from teams interested in trading for it. Then they have pick No. 39, acquired from the Redskins, and pick No. 45, acquired from the Cowboys. Brockers is Fisher’s first pick, but he’ll have a bunch more coming soon.