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2013 NFL Draft: Eric Fisher of Central Michigan a First Round Prospect?

January 29th, 2013 at 6:57 PM
By Donald Lappe

Eric Fisher of Central Michigan joins Luke Joeckel and Lane Johnson as the cream of the crop amongst the offensive tackles in the 2013 NFL Draft class. As the player in that group not from a traditional football factory, Eric Fisher will have to allay concerns about the level of competition he faced throughout his collegiate career. He went a long way towards doing just that with his standout performances all week at the Senior Bowl against the best of this year's senior class.

Don't expect Eric Fisher to make it past pick No. 15 in the 2013 NFL Draft. The Central Michigan product lived up to the hype at the Senior Bowl. Just like Luke Joeckel and Lane Johnson, Eric Fisher is a surprising athlete for a player of his size (6'7", 305), which is exactly what NFL teams are looking for at left tackle. Left tackles in the NFL are rare athletes – it's the only way they can compete with the freak athletes that play defensive end.

Lightly recruited coming out of high school, Eric Fisher knows he has something to prove. There were knocks on him that kept him off the radar of the big-time FBS schools, but Central Michigan saw a good athlete that just needed to fill out. It wasn't easy for Eric Fisher to do, but he has accomplished that. Now he is looking to join Joe Staley of the San Francisco 49ers as the only first round picks in the history of the Central Michigan Chippewas.

And unless something changes drastically, Eric Fisher will join Joe Staley in earning that distinction. After silencing the whispers about his competition level by performing well against Alex Okafor of Texas and Datone Jones of UCLA, it seems unlikely that Eric Fisher will last past the Top 10. The opportunity to show his skills at the Senior Bowl is one that Luke Joeckel didn't get, as he is a junior.

Beyond his impressive athleticism and size, Eric Fisher is possibly the most polished left tackle in the class. His hand placement is excellent. Something we noticed about Luke Joeckel is that his hand placement isn't always great. Not so with Eric Fisher. He does need to work on consistently playing lower, an issue created by his height, because he does struggle with countering the bull rush from time to time. Improving his strength will also help him.

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Tags: 2013 NFL Draft, Central Michigan, Eric Fisher, Joe Staley, Lane Johnson, Luke Joeckel, NFL, NFL Draft, San Francisco 49ers

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