The 2013 NFL Combine is in the history books and teams are starting to prepare for free agency and the upcoming NFL Draft. Draft boards are starting to be constructed. Evaluations are in full throttle.
The Arizona Cardinals have the seventh overall pick in the NFL Draft, which begins on April 25. There most pressing needs are at quarterback, the offensive line and improving their pass rush. Head coach Bruce Arians and company have a lot of work to do.
Let's take a look at some draft prospects that may be available to the Red Birds when they are on the clock, whether at pick number seven or higher, if they decide to trade up for a better selection.
Today's prospect is offensive tackle Eric Fisher, a senior offensive tackle from Central Michigan. The 6-foot-7, 306-pound Rochester, MI product had an impressive combine and is moving up some experts' draft boards. He played well in the Senior Bowl and ran a 5.05 40 at the NFL Combine. He was named a third-team All-America player by the Associated Press.
Here is a profile look at Fisher per cbssports.com:
STRENGTHS: Balanced athlete. Nimble feet and plays with excellent coordination and length for a 6-7, 305-pound blocker. Fisher is a smooth mover in any direction and does a nice job breaking down in space to handle speed rushers, showing the eye discipline to mirror defenders. He has added "good" weight the past few years and players with a strong frame and core.
Fisher is a fiery competitor and plays with more pop than expected, delivering power in the run game. But he looks comfortable in pass protection and has worked hard to improve his technique and instincts at the position. Proved more than capable of handling the "jump" in competition in Mobile, establishing himself as the elite prospect at any position to play in the 2013 Senior Bowl.
WEAKNESSES: Lacks elite upper- and lower-body strength. When he was beaten during Senior Bowl practices it was normally by bull rushers able to get into his pads and drive him backward. Naturally because of his height, Fisher will allow his pads to rise at times and can be walked backwards because he doesn't have a stout anchor. Didn't face many NFL-caliber pass rushers while at Central Michigan.
Compares to: Nate Solder, OT, New England Patriots — Like Solder, Fisher's height can make him vulnerable to undersized power rushers. His length, power and impressive athleticism, however, certainly suggest that Pro Bowls could be in his future as a prototypical blind side pass protector in today's NFL.
He'd sure look good in a Cardinals uniform.
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