Matt LaPan

Comparing Draft Prospects To NFL Players

Created on Mar. 16, 2013 1:45 PM EST

Eric Fisher and D'Brickashaw Ferguson

NFL GMs and coaches are constantly searching for the next great left tackle, and Eric Fisher has all the tools to be one. Fisher combines size (6-7, 34-plus inch arms) and great natural body bend. This allows Fisher to use his near-perfect footwork and leverage to dominate opposing pass rushers. One of the biggest traits Fisher displays that allows him to be in the elite class is his balance, consistently maintaining blocks when leaning forward or to the side. This allows him to hold blocks long enough for quarterbacks to stay in the pocket and throw.

All of the traits Fisher displays have been shown by Jets left tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson since he was drafted eight years ago. Ferguson has one of the most powerful hand strikes in the NFL and maintains blocks at an elite level, using great footwork and balance. Along with all of the good traits these men share, they both display a similar problem: struggling to get out of their stance and get their hands on speed rushers late in games.

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