Eric Fisher is a relative unknown amongst casual college football fans. However, those that know about the Central Michigan senior rave about him. Let’s see what all the fuss is about.
OT Eric Fisher, Central Michigan
Any player from a small school is going to have questions about the level of competition that they’ve faced. Fisher has done his best to alleviate these questions. He was a standout at the Senior Bowl, and he’s performed very well in big games, especially the matchup against Iowa seen below.
Fisher is a very big guy. He weighs 305 lbs. and stands at least 6’7″. Of course, this presents more questions about his potential. He has an excellent frame and does a good job of keeping his man in front of him in pass protection, but at his height he can occasionally get his pads high. He has a great work ethic, as he arrived at Central Michigan weighing only 241 lbs. He certainly has no bad weight on his frame.
Fisher has great instincts and awareness in all aspects of his game. He also has great balance and uses his hands well. He is a good run blocker. He seals off well, and shows off his athleticism when moving to the second level.
You’ll notice that Fisher looks very natural in the passing game. This has a lot to do with his biggest strengths. He moves very well, with great footwork and very smooth technique. But it also presents all of his biggest negatives. It’s obvious that Fisher doesn’t have elite strength, and he doesn’t have a mean streak. He doesn’t always dominate his blockers, and rarely finishes them off, which can allow them to make plays.
Overall, I like Fisher as a prospect. I may not be as big of a fan of his as some, because I think that a mean streak is what really separates elite linemen, on both sides of the ball, from the rest of the pack. But I think he can be a very solid left tackle in the NFL.