Feb 21, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Central Michigan offensive lineman Eric Fisher speaks at a press conference during the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Mock Draft 2013: Jacksonville Jaguars Select Eric Fisher

Feb 23, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Central Michigan offensive lineman Eric Fisher runs the 40 yard dash during the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Eric Fisher would be a great right tackle in his first year in the league.  He’d be a great right tackle for the Jacksonville Jaguars for years, assuming he doesn’t usurp the left tackle position from Eugene Monroe.  But is he worth taking at number two overall?  According to Josh Sanchez in Fansided.com’s last weekly mock draft, he is.

Here’s what Sanchez had to say about the Jags drafting Fisher:

The growing belief around the league is that the Jaguars will select an offensive tackle. Taking Dion Jordan will be tempting, but the Jaguars can take Fisher and then hope Lane Johnson goes off the board early. If that happens, they will be able to dangle Fisher to tackle needy teams as trade bait.

Once a ridiculous thought, the drafting of an offensive tackle by the Jaguars at number two overall has become popular as of late, as Sanchez notes.  What’s most interesting about this mock is that Sanchez then suggests using Fisher as trade bait in order to get more picks in the draft.  Fisher is certainly no Eli Manning but he could pique some interest from teams that are as desperate as the Jaguars to fill a void at right tackle.

If the Jaguars were to select Fisher I hope they keep him.  I think that number two overall is a little high for a right tackle (especially if the Jaguars retain Monroe after his contract year and keep Fisher on the right side) but if the Jaguars are confident that he’s the Pro Bowl caliber player they think he is and they pull the trigger, then I want them keeping him around.  I like the trade bait idea, but it just isn’t as likely as GM Dave Caldwell, who is drafting based on need, keeping Fisher and being content with his new bookend tackle.  Fisher is going to be a good tackle in the league and it pays to have a player of high caliber at the position, even if he isn’t protecting “the blind side.”

– Luke N. Sims

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