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Luke Joeckel vs. Eric Fisher, an analysis

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From the FanPosts - Joel

Is there a more polarizing discussion than who will be the #1 pick in the draft? Probably, but its a pretty controversial debate. The consensus pick is that Luke Joeckel, offensive tackle at Texas A&M will be the pick. But the draft has shown time and time again that GM's could care less what draft "experts" think.

Lesser known analysts may select Star Lotulelei, Dion Jordan, even Sheldon Richardson, Sharrif Floyd or Chance Warmack.

Those picks are... Unlikely. Joeckel's only real competition is Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher.

Many people assume that Fisher is worse because of the conference he plays in, others inherently like him better because they don't like the thought of Joeckel at #1. Others have no idea, because frankly they think offensive linemen don't matter or are boring. This is for the people who want to know who to pull for based on strengths and weaknesses of both told to you by some guy on the Internet, or just don't want to spend the weeks compiling and watching footage that I have recently.

It SUCKS... Lets get started.

Eric Fisher Strength's and Weaknesses

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Strengths

-Lengthy 6'8, 307 pound frame with 35 inch arms means he seems to be everywhere at once. His giant frame and wingspan allow him to engulf defensive ends and swallow up defenders at the second level. The best part? He still has room to grow. Even at 307 pounds, he hasn't filled out and could easily get up to 325 if need be.

-Very athletic for a guy of his stature. Gets out of his stance smoothly and with a lot of urgency. Very quick in the open field, and you can see that 5 second forty time on tape (on the subject, watch tape of Menelik Watson. It's crazy how his speed and size translates onto the field). Turns his hips and moves laterally like a much smaller man, and knows exactly where he is on the field at all times. Always knows how to target and eliminate a defender in space by hitting them in the perfect spot and driving them out of the picture or into the ground.

-Explosive, relentless run blocker. Even at the end of games he's just as fearsome as he was the first play of the game, and it shows on the defenders. He fires out and hammers the defender with all the might in those tree trunk legs, and doesn't let up until (or maybe a little after) the whistle. You would be shocked at how often I saw blocks like the one on The Blindside (where he took his guy all the way to the sidelines and past), he just would blow people off the ball like no one else. Way better drive blocker than I was expecting.

-Powerful punch, wide hips and quick feet make pass rushers look sorta silly as they often don't get any push at all no matter how hard they struggle as this guy just stands there, looking unimpeded.

-Despite his height, has a great understanding of leverage and never plays too tall (I'm looking at you, Dion Jordan!). Especially on the goalline where a lot of tall guys struggle with getting below the pads of the opponent, he excels at rifling into the abdomens of defenders and bringing his body with him, and once he rolls his hips through and brings his legs into you it's over, there is a clean land and the runner is in.

-Played plenty of quality defenses and players. Michigan State (top 5 in fewest points allowed, I believe) and William Gholston, Iowa, and Northern Illinois jump to mind immediately. Always played hard and you could hardly see the difference between him playing the MAC teams and the B1G Ten teams, which is a good sign that he's ready to take on a challenge.

-Look at that guy! Is he not the meanest looking S.O.B you've ever seen? I didn't even get the scariest pictures. He just looks the part of an NFL right tackle. Square jaw, broad shoulders, giant frame, crew cut. He could just grow out the beard and he'd be a Viking. We could poke fun at him being (probably) Scandinavian and call him "Eric the Red" (get it? We're a red colored team and his name is Eric. It's also the name of Viking chieftain Eric the Red, father of North American discoverer and Nordic explorer Leif Erickson)!

Weaknesses

-Lunges too much, needs to know when to tone it down a bit and not be so aggressive and play smarter. Know when I said he rifles out of his stance and hammers defenders? Well if he does it too many times in a row, a smart defensive end will just sidestep him or just brush him off.

-Could stand to add a few pounds. He's strong and has a strong base, but will get pushed back into a QB's face by stronger defensive ends and there's really nothing he can do about it.

-Needs to play smarter. I saw too many holds and illegal chop blocks that went uncalled because of shitty NCAA refs. A truly great offensive lineman knows how to cheat just to the point of breaking the rules but not quite enough to call a penalty, but he won't get away with this stuff in the NFL, plus he'll get someone hurt.

-Played in the MAC... Yeah... That sort of explains itself and is probably his biggest weakness. It's hard to evaluate talent when he's dominating guys from Ball State, Akron, Toledo, Western/Eastern Michigan and UMass.

-Would like to see him be a bit more polished, he's effective but sometimes looks a little awkward.

NFL Comparison: Former Redskins offensive tackle Chris Samuels. A more recent comparison would be a guy like Andrew Whitworth.

Luke Joeckel's Strengths and Weaknesses

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Strengths

-Just an all around great pass blocker in every facet. He's big, has flawless fundamentals, and always knows how to redirect his defender's momentum to keep him off his QB. You can tell he's just a student of the game who knows what he's doing and is ready for any move a pass rush might throw at him.

-Does a great job of seeking draws and then quickly getting in position to wall off defenders.

-A 4 quarters guy, you can tell he takes conditioning seriously and is able to stave off fatigue when defenders begin to succumb to it. Dedicated worker.

-Played in the goddamn SEC and still was a dominant player.

Weaknesses

-When I say he's good at pass blocking, I mean it. He's super awesome. But that's really his biggest and only selling points. It's a big selling point, but had little versatility to play guard or RT because...

-When I say he does a good job at walling off defenders, its because its really the only run blocking I see him do consistently. He almost always seems to be blocking for a draw or the handoff goes to the right side (and coincidentally, Jake Matthews). A&M's tackles always play in an upright two point stance, so its hard to tell how he would really do with his hand in the dirt.

-Plays a little tall and soft on the goalline. Often tends to not try and make a big move, just not let him get in the lane and it often comes down to a stalemate that just plugs up the hole.

-Struggle getting to the edge and sealing off the DE on the few Off tackle plays they run to the left, and the DE always seems to string it out.

-Just lacks the attitude. Doesn't act like a big, bad offensive lineman to me. Has little mean streak, and seems content to just not let his guy tackle the runner and nothing greater. He seems to think of himself as just a wall, and not a bulldozer, to use a cool analogy.

-Blocked for a very mobile QB who could cover up an inefficincies he has.

-His name has "Joke" write in it. That's awful nickname fodder.

NFL Comparison: D'Brickashaw Ferguson, but more technically sound and not as athletic.

Overall Evaluations

I guess it all comes down to want they're gonna want to do on offense (which we really don't know, Reid has shown a willingness to branch out from his comfort zone and try some new stuff). If its really gonna be a pass oriented, draw play offense then Joeckel is your man (just don't expect to be able to do that inside zone off RG much anymore). He would excel and be a very safe, sure fire pick. But he just don't bring the thunder with him that Fisher does. Whereas Joeckel would be cogent to just impede a defenders movement and delay him just enough to not be able to get to the runner, Fisher would make a crushing block that makes the audience go crazy and makes that defender think twice about going back. Fisher's combination if intriguing athletic ability (but keep in mind, this isn't a Poe or Jordan type deal. He isn't just an athletic freak who is relatively unproductive in college. He still straight dominated), violent competitveness and versatility to play either tackle spot makes this pick riskier, but one that could pay off way harder.

If it came down to me, I know who I would be drafting at #1...

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Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Stay classy, Kansas City.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Arrowhead Pride's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Arrowhead Pride writers or editors.

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