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Eric Fisher (OT) | Central Michigan | Scouting Report
Prospect – Eric Fisher
School – Central Michigan
Position – OL
Best Position In The NFL: LT
Weight – 305
Year – Senior
Scouting Report Overview: Due to their connections at Central Michigan, Eric Fisher is going to naturally draw comparisons to former Chippewa Joe Staley. Fisher and Staley have many of the same attributes although Fisher displays more athleticism than Staley did at Central Michigan. Staley was taken with the 28th pick in the 2007 NFL Draft and I can’t see Fisher lasting nearly that long in the 2013 draft.
Pass Blocking: Fisher was an outstanding pass protecting Left Tackle in College. For a lineman with a 6-8 frame, Fisher moves remarkably well. He has a exceptional kickslide and utilises solid footwork to mirror defenders preventing speed rushers getting around the edge consistently. His long arms do a good job of keeping defenders at “arms length” preventing defenders gaining leverage against Fisher. He uses his hands well off the line of scrimmage but he will need to improve at the next level to combat smaller rushers that can attack him with a bullrush.
Run Blocking: While pass protection is Fisher’s speciality, he is far from a liability in the run game. His solid footwork and hands help Fisher to stay in front of the defender and remain in control throughout the block. He isn’t going push Defensive tackles around, put against most defensive ends in the NFL, Fisher should have his way. With such a great frame for a NFL Left Tackle he should be able to add a bit of bulk and strength to make him more dominant in this area.
Technique: Fisher isn’t a complete prospect in terms of technique but he isn’t far off. The biggest struggle for Fisher is his height/leverage. Off the line of scrimmage is where he is most at risk. Once he gets out of his stance though, he has excellent hands and once he locks onto a defender it’s pretty much game over.
Size/Strength/Athleticism: Fisher has excellent size at almost 6 -7 and 305 pounds. He has vines for arms and moves very well. With an NFL offseason under his belt, Fisher will get stronger, making him an all-round force.
NextEra RAP Grades: 115.5 (LT) (#1 Rated Left Tackle) (#1 Overall Prospect)
Using the RAP grading system is without a doubt a top 10 pick. His Risk Adjusted Potential grade of 115.5, shows with some rather straight forward improvements in a few areas he is destined to be an All-Pro Left Tackle. His high rating given that he has been downgraded slightly due to the competition he faced in the MAC, is a credit to how exciting a prospect this kid is. Across the board Fisher displays better skills and athleticism over highly rated Luke Joeckel, if your looking for a pro style left tackle, Fisher is your guy.
As a right tackle his rating is only 97.3, clearly showing Fisher’s home is as a NFL left tackle. For more information on the RAP system click here.
Projection: Top 5
NFL Player Comparison: Joe Thomas