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Position: Offensive Tackle
Draft Pick: First Overall
Kansas City Chiefs
Strengths- Pass blocking
Fisher is a dominant pass blocker.
Throughout his four years playing for Central Michigan, he consistently showed off his tremendous blocking ability. He was also named as a First-Team All-American in his senior season.
At 6 ft 7 inches tall and 306 lbs, he has the ideal frame for a starting tackle in the NFL. The Chiefs will be looking to Fisher to contribute early in his career and he is likely to start straight away.
He will be protecting their new quarterback Alex Smith in the passing game along with blocking for one of the most explosive running backs in the league in Jamal Charles.
Experience going up against effective pass rushers is my biggest issue with Fisher.
This may come as a surprise to some. The level of talent he faced in the MAC simply couldn’t have prepared him very well for the talent level he is going to face in the NFL.
Going up against players like J.J. Watt and Von Miller isn’t going to be an easy transition for the former Central Michigan star. This is why he will likely start out playing as a right tackle with Brandon Albert starting on the left side given his veteran experience.
Why should we watch out for him?
I want to see how good Eric Fisher really is.
The 22-year-old was the first offensive lineman taken with the first overall pick since the Miami Dolphins selected Jake Long back in 2008. He was also the first non-quarterback selected first overall since then.
The intriguing part of all this is that Fisher does not even come close to the type of prospect that the Dolphins selected in Long.
Long went to Michigan and played against elite competition which prepared him well for life in the NFL. He was named as an All-American twice and he also won the Jim Parker Trophy in 2007.
Fisher went to Central Michigan and certainly did not play against elite competition. This was something I addressed earlier and is one of the few question marks I have with Fisher.
Was he picked this high because of his talent or because of the less than stellar quarterback class which had no standout stars? In reality, it is likely a mixture of both.
With the only other competition for the number one overall pick coming from a fellow offensive lineman in Luke Joeckel, Fisher turned out to be the preferred pick for Andy Reid and the Chiefs.
The pressure is now on him to succeed in the NFL and show why he was picked first overall.
So that’s my scouting report on Eric Fisher.
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