I was at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama earlier this year and I stood and stared at Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher as he was kicking butts during the team practices. I didn’t go down there to see this young offensive tackle in particular, but he stood out so much that he was the player I remember more than any other player.
Fisher was dominating everybody who lined up on him whether it was a defensive end or linebacker, passing play or running play, it didn’t matter. I was totally impressed with his discipline in his technique and loved the way he finished his blocks. It looks like he’s going to be the number one pick in the draft.
It’s starting to look like the Eagles are going to have the chance to draft Oregon linebacker Dion Jordan, Oklahoma offensive tackle Lane Johnson and Utah defensive tackle Star Lotuleilei. They could also fool everybody by drafting West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith. E.J. Manuel has come out and said that the Eagles want him very badly. Be aware of the head fake by the Eagles.
I think the Birds will eventually settle on drafting Johnson, if they can’t find the right trade down partner. Johnson is the most athletic of the three top offensive tackles and that fits what Chip Kelly and his staff want to do with their offensive linemen. He may have the biggest upside of all the three top offensive tackles.
Johnson was a quarterback in high school and was a tight end when he went to Oklahoma. He’s only been playing offensive tackle for a couple of years and seems to get better every time he plays. They want athletes on the offensive line, so they can get out there on those quick screens to the wide receivers. That was a favorite play for Kelly while he was a college coach. Johnson is a perfect fit.
He will move into that right tackle starting position and Todd Herremans will take over from Danny Watkins at right guard. Eventually Johnson will move over to the left tackle spot when Jason Peters retires.
They can’t make the mistake of drafting BYU defensive end Ezekiel Ansah because he’s only started nine games in his entire college career. He had 4.5 sacks a year ago, but is that enough to draft him. How could anyone be confident that he’ll be able to star at the NFL level against professional competition because he hasn’t proven that at the college level?
There’s talk of West Virginia wide receiver Tavon Austin flying up draft boards and he’s likely to get swallowed up by the Jets at pick number 13. The Rams are said to want him badly, but they won’t be able to get him unless they move up.
1. Kansas City Chiefs – Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
2. Jacksonville Jaguars – Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
3. Oakland Raiders – Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida
4. Philadelphia Eagles – Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
5. Detroit Lions – Ezekiel Ansah, LB/DE, BYU
6. Cleveland Browns – Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
7. Arizona Cardinals – Johnathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina
8. Buffalo Bills – Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse
9. New York Jets – Dee Milliner, DB, Alabama
10. Tennessee Titans – Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama
11. San Diego Chargers – Dion Jordan, DE/LB, Oregon
12. Miami Dolphins – D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama
13. New York Jets – Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
14. Carolina Panthers – Star Lotuleilei, DT, Utah
15. New Orleans Saints – Barkevious Mingo, OLB, LSU
16. St. Louis Rams – Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
17. Pittsburgh Steelers – Jarvis Jones, LB, Georgia
18. Dallas Cowboys – Kenny Vaccaro, FS, Texas
19. New York Giants – D.J. Hayden, CB, Houston
20. Chicago Bears – Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia
21. Cincinnati Bengals – Jonathan Cyprien, SS, Florida International
22. St. Louis Rams – Datone Jones, DE, UCLA
23. Minnesota Vikings – Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
24. Indianapolis Colts -DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson
25. Minnesota Vikings – Robert Woods, WR, USC
26. Green Bay Packers – John Jenkins, DT, Georgia
27. Houston Texans – Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee
28. Denver Broncos – Bjeorn Werner, DE, Florida State
29. New England Patriots – Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
30. Atlanta Falcons – Jonathan Banks, CB, Mississippi State
31. San Francisco 49ers – Eric Reid, FS, LSU
32. Baltimore Ravens – Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee