Why Eric Fisher Makes No Sense For Jacksonville Jaguars
The latest rumblings surrounding the Jacksonville Jaguars and the second overall pick in the NFL Draft are that they appear to favor Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher, but as far as I am concerned that would be an absolute waste of a valuable pick.
Sure Fisher is a good player and he is likely going to have a good career as a left tackle in the NFL, but the Jaguars already have a really good left tackle in Eugene Monroe and he is just now entering his prime and figures to anchor the Jags offensive line for the foreseeable future. So if the Jaguars do indeed draft Fisher on Thursday night, they are spending the second overall pick on a right tackle.
Right tackle is a big hole for the Jaguars right now, but drafting a guy like Fisher to fill that hole would be a luxury pick which is something the Jaguars are not in a position to make right now. The Jaguars have gotten absolutely abysmal play from the right tackle position over the past three seasons, so even having an average player there would prove to be a massive upgrade to the offensive line.
The Jaguars could adequately address their need at right tackle in the free agent market, which still has three of the top ten right tackles from last season available, or they could look to the mid-rounds of the draft for a guy they could immediately plug in. All of those options would also come at a cheaper price tag than Fisher, who would be due a contract in the range of $6 million per year as the second overall pick.
New Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell has a chance to get an impact player at an impact position at the top of the draft on Thursday night. The Jaguars absolutely have to upgrade their pass rush if they want to have any chance of competing on defense next season. To me, drafting a player who has a chance to have an immediate positive impact on the Jaguars pass rush like Dion Jordan or Ziggy Ansah would be the better value for the Jags in the first round.
Of course given the nature of the draft, all of this could be a smokescreen set by the Jaguars to get a team who needs a left tackle like the Detroit Lions to move up to two on Thursday night to secure their guy.