Eagles 2013 Draft Prospect Profile: OT Eric Fisher

Background

Name: Eric Fisher

Position: Offensive Tackle

Height: 6’7″

Weight: 304 pounds

Conference: MAC

School: Central Michigan

Years of College Experience: 4

Accomplishments: 1st Team All-MAC (2012), SI 2nd Team All-American (2012), AP 3rd Team All-American (2012), 2-Time Bowl Winner

Combine Results

40-Yard Dash: 5.05 seconds

Bench Press: 27 reps of 225 pounds

Vertical Jump: 28.5 inches

Broad Jump: 116 inches

3 Cone Drill: 7.59 seconds

20 Yard Shuttle: 4.44 seconds

His stock really went up with his Combine workout, as he demonstrated an elite combination of length, athleticism, and flexibility.

Pros/Cons

His hand technique appears to be his biggest flaw, as he needs to work on getting his hands inside of his target in order to sustain blocks. One of his biggest knocks is also that he’s lean and needs to put on weight to compete at NFL level.

His footwork is his biggest advantage, as Central Michigan used him on all sorts of pulls and trap blocks in order to take advantage of his athleticism and terrific feet. He would fit in Chip Kelly’s more athletic offensive line mold that carries over from the Howard Mudd days.

He’s also a very patient pass blocker, letting the rusher get an extra step upfield before taking out of the play. He can do this because he’s so nimble, and this gives him time to adjust to whether it is an edge rush or a disguised inside rush.

Should the Eagles Take Him?

Fisher is considered the 2nd-best OT prospect in the draft.

With the Eagles having the 4th pick in the draft, and three starters on the offensive line coming off of injuries, there is a possibility that they could take an offensive tacklM The two best available are Luke Joekel from Texas A&M and Fisher. Joekel is more than likely going to be taken by the Chiefs with the 1st overall pick.

If the Eagles were to take him, he would be both a starter at RT (which would allow Herremans to move back to guard) and eventual replacement for Jason Peters. Peters is 31 and coming off of two ruptures to his achillies tendon. The word from the Eagles is that Peters is making quick progress, and could have played last year had the Eagles of need him. As I had mentioned earlier, Fisher is a bit on the slender side, and is 36 pounds lighter then Peters who weighs 340. So he wouldnt be able to dominate from a physical standpoint.

It would not be a shock if the Eagles took Fisher, as many mock drafts have him going to the Eagles at #4. And it would not be a reach if the Eagles drafted Fisher. The only question is, do the Eagles want to draft a player that high, for a position that is considered more of a question mark then a glaring need? Personally, i think they should either draft a quarterback like Geno Smith, or use the pick to help the defense.

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