Offensive Tackle Eric Fisher Could Be The Eagles Top PickBREAKING NEWS, Eagles Draft, News, NFLDraft Thursday, January 24th, 2013
Central Michigan’s offensive tackle Eric Fisher wants to walk in the footsteps of current San Francisco 49ers All-Pro left tackler Joe Staley, who also played his college ball at Central Michigan. Fisher said he saw Staley’s picture on the wall when he was being recruited at the school as a high schooler and he said to himself, “I want to follow him there”.
He didn’t just say, I could tell from the way he works and the execution of his technique that this young man has put in the time and the work to get himself ready.
The big, lean blocker caught my eye at the Senior Bowl practice yesterday and I couldn’t take my eyes off of him during the one-on-one pass drills and nine-on-seven run drills, then the team drills. He was kicking butt and taking names. He dominated everybody yesterday including fellow likely first round pick Texas defensive end Alex Okafor.
The first thing I thought when I watched Fisher doing the drills at the beginning of practice is “That is a grown man”. He 6’7″ and he weighs 305. This kid is going to get bigger and stronger. He’s got the frame to put on a 20 or 30 pounds, which will make him stronger, but still just as quick and mobile.
Fisher put Okafor on his back on a drive block during the nine-on-seven run drills. The Texas defensive end isn’t a very good run stopper, but it was unusual for me to see him put the defender flat on his back at this level. This young man has been taught very well because he rarely gets out of position. This kid was a beast out there yesterday and he was dominating everybody who came near him, yet he doing it while under control.
Okafor, who is one of the best pass rushers in the draft, did have a good pass rush against Fisher, but it wasn’t a clean win for him. Fisher dominated the Longhorn pass rusher for the most part, all day long.
The Central Michigan product is a very good athlete and he has everything it takes to be an outstanding offensive tackle in the National Football League for a long time. I like the fact that he could play either offensive tackle position right or left, but he’s playing the all important left side right now.
Fisher is disciplined with his technique. He stays balanced and doesn’t make the mistake of trying to attack the pass rusher. He strikes him with his hands, then gets them back into the strike position to strike again. I like the way he keeps himself in position for the next move.
The Central Michigan blocker does a good job of using his hands to stop pass rushers from grabbing his pads. I like the fact that he’s got a mean streak, but he keeps it under control. You could tell that he would love to totally finish off the pass rusher, but he maintains that discipline. I love the way he finishes a block by staying after the defender until the whistle blows.
Is he worth the fourth pick in the draft? YES. I saw nothing to suggest that he wouldn’t be.
The Eagles have stressed the fact that they’re going to draft the best player available, when they pick, so I could see Fisher coming to Philadelphia. He’s got the total package, plus he’s right handed but has been playing on the left side.
I talked to him after practice and I like this kid. He’s a sharp young man, who is focused and motivated.
The youngster says he could play either tackle position, which would give the Eagles the choice of using him to replace Jason Peters if he can’t come back from the Achilles tear, or he could play right tackle and allow them to move Todd Herremans to the right guard position.
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