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Road to the Draft: Eric Fisher

By Jay Skurski

Eric Fisher

Position: Left tackle
School: Central Michigan
Measurables: 6-foot-7, 306 pounds
40 time: 5.05 seconds. 225-pound bench press: 27 repetitions. Vertical: 28.5 inches. Broad jump: 9 feet, 8 inches. 20-yard shuttle: 4.44 seconds.
2012 stats: 12 games, 12 starts
Draft projection: Top 10 of first round 

Lowdown: Fisher was lightly recruited out of Stoney Creek High School in Michigan, where he didn't play on the offensive line until he was a senior. In fact, he never weighed more than 238 pounds at any point during high school. At Central Michigan, he lined up at right tackle and right guard before moving to left tackle full time as a junior. He made the All-Mid-American Conference first team in 2012.

Fisher is a great athlete with ideal height for the position. He can add weight to his frame without sacrificing athleticism. A former basketball player, he's got quick feet to stay with defensive ends, and can get to the second level to make blocks for running backs. 

Needs to add strength in both the upper and lower body. Can sometimes be slow to get his hands up off the snap. Competing with Luke Joeckel to be not just the first left tackle taken, but possibly the first overall player by the Kansas City Chiefs.

They said it: "He's got the frame that he could put on 20 pounds naturally without losing any of his quickness or footwork. I think what you're looking for, first and foremost, in a left tackle is the ability to protect your passer. He looks a little bit to me on tape like Joe Staley. But the more I see of him the more I like him better than Staley when he came out." -- NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock

The Buffalo News is profiling 50 prospects in 50 days leading up to this month's NFL Draft.

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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