With the NFL draft around the corner, the Detroit Lions are preparing for the last significant opportunity to improve their roster before the kickoff of the 2013 season.
The Lions have surprised with some of their selections over the last few years and predicting which direction they take may not be an exact science.
Before the draft (April 25-27), we take a look at the most likely candidates the Lions could select in round one. Today, we evaluate Eric Fisher.
Eric Fisher, Offensive Tackle, Central Michigan
Why the Lions Would Be Interested
Fisher has all the ingredients to be a very good – if not elite – pass protecting left tackle.
He has good pre-snap recognition and can adjust to a shifting defense. He has no issues changing his assignments on the fly.
He has athleticism, power and size to go along with his football intelligence as well.
Fisher is hard working, able to incorporate improvements into his game after receiving coaching and could be reliable presence at the valuable left tackle position for years to come.
Why the Lions Would Pass
Fisher did miss two games at the end of 2011 with a knee injury, so one of the first questions will be around his durability.
He also doesn’t have extensive experience at left tackle. He started a few games at the position in 2010, bounced around the line in 2011 before becoming a full time starter at left tackle in 2012.