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Rams Take LSU DT Michael Brockers in First Round of Draft

The Rams added some defensive punch to their roster on Thursday night, taking LSU defensive tackle Michael Brockers with the 14th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Brockers played just two seasons and started just 14 games at LSU before turning pro after his redshirt sophomore season. The 6-foot-6, 322-pound Brockers totaled 79 tackles, including 11 tackles for a loss and two sacks with one interception and a blocked kick during his 27-game career in Baton Rouge.

Brockers should be an instant starter for the Rams, who released veteran defensive tackles Justin Bannan and Fred Robbins in March and signed former Miami Dolphins defensive lineman Kendall Langford to a four-year, $22 million contract on March 17. The Rams also picked up former Philadelphia Eagles second round pick Trevor Laws in free agency, giving them a pass-rushing option in nickel situations.

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