It’s that time of year again. The unveiling of Mel Kiper Jr.’s first mock draft of the year took place this week and there are plenty of surprises already in the first round projection. It’s never too early to see just which prospects may be the most likely to land on your favorite NFL team next season. For the San Diego Chargers, Kiper has a very intriguing name pegged as their first-round selection in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Obviously, the Chargers need some help keeping quarterback Philip Rivers upright. 2012 was a disaster, with the team relinquishing 49 sacks on the year, which ranked 29th in the league. Numbers like that are enough to rattle any man under center, and Rivers was no exception. His play has dipped in recent years and the offensive line is a primary reason why.
That’s why it is no surprise that Kiper has the outstanding Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher penciled in as the team’s selection with the 11th overall pick. Fisher is a Joe Staley (San Francisco 49ers) look-alike, and it isn’t just because he is an offensive lineman from the same school. Perhaps the only similarity that they won’t have is where they were selected in the draft, as Staley went 28th overall back in 2007 and Fisher will be gone long before that point.
At 6’7” 305lbs., Fisher is the prototypical build for an NFL left tackle. He has the frame to add some weight, which will come with hours spent in an NFL weight room, and his footwork is already outstanding. As a pass protector, Fisher is ready to step in from day one and be the blindside safety net that Rivers has so desperately needed in recent years. Even as a run blocker, Fisher generates way more power than expected, and if he adds strength to his lower body, that will only increase as time progresses.
It isn’t often that Kiper’s opinion is spot-on with my own, but this is one of those rare cases. Eric Fisher would look outstanding with a lightning bolt on the side of his helmet in 2013, and it would make a ton of sense for the Chargers to bring him to San Diego.
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