As expected, LSU Tigers cornerback Morris Claiborne and defensive lineman Michael Brockers are leaving Baton Rouge for the big time. The pair announced at a Thursday afternoon press conference that they're entering the 2012 NFL Draft.
Claiborne is expected to be a top-10 pick and could go in the top five, while Brockers said he's been told he could go as high as the end of the first round himself. Our own Mocking the Draft served up a Michael Brockers scouting report just before the announcement came out:
In the 2012 NFL Draft, few players carry as much potential and upside as Brockers, a redshirt sophomore. On a loaded LSU defensive line, Brockers routinely stood out and should transition well to the NFL. At 6-foot-6, Brockers has an impressive frame with a lot of room to grow. Because of his relative inexperience (one season as a full-time starter), he'll need to get drafted on a team that can rotate him in while he develops.