- 04/23/2013, 02:44PM ET
MNSportsfan14 said 04/23, 02:44 PM
Although Eric Fisher displayed brilliant blocking abilities at the Senior Bowl this year, I feel the better overall Offensive Tackle is Lane Johnson. It is nearly a certainty that big Luke will be the first tackle taken, and rightfully so, He is a dominant force. However if you are looking for the player with the better overall athletic ability, and possibility of being a cornerstone for years to come, it is Oklahoma's Lane Johnson. Early in the season he was a relative unknown, but once he got a true handle on what he needed to do as an offensive tackle, he straight up dominated. He is only 4 years removed from being a high school quarterback, and has been a quick learner while playing multiple positions on the offensive line for the Sooners. I can not wait to see what this kid can do with the help of an NFL offensive line coach at his disposal, Scary Good!
Mrlns Fn said 04/24, 11:12 PM
Both Fisher and Johnson are really good so this is somewhat a case of splitting hairs, but whatevs. I'm gonna give it a whirl.
First off, I don't necessarily agree that Joeckel is the obvious number one choice, mainly because I didn't see anything from him that separates him from Fisher or Johnson, but for the purpose of this TD I'll let it go and just say Joeckel will be drafted first. I honestly believe that this may be one of the best O-Line drafts of all time; Joeckel, Fisher, Johnson, Fluker, Warmack, Cooper, even Barrett Jones... there will be quality, starter-caliber O-Linemen being selected in the second and third rounds, easily, but I digress...
Reasons Fisher should be selected before Johnson:
-Fisher is infinitely stronger than Johnson. No doubt about it. And strength is critical for left tackles.
-Johnson played on a good line, meaning his flaws may have been masked. Not so with Fisher; what you saw is what you'll get.
-Johnson' lack of experience. One year of right tackle, one year of left tackle, no HS experience. Fisher's been blocking his whole life.
-Fisher's leadership. Three year starter at Central Michigan, voted team captain.
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