Eric Fisher is a true talent: It is easy to see the skill set the LT brings to the field. Fisher has great flexibility, power in his base and is strong on the initial punch. The Central Michigan product stands out in One-on-One drills and plays with technique. That sells in Mobile when you can consistently win matchups in front of the entire league. There is no question Fisher carries a first round grade and I would bet he is climbing up some draft boards.
Keep an eye on safety Jonathan Cyprien: The FIU product stood out on the practice field and is built like an NFL safety. Cyprien took good angles to the ball and he was physical at the point of attack on Tuesday. A player to watch the rest of the week.
Lane Johnson: The Oklahoma offensive tackle has top tier athletic ability, good feet and moves well in pass pro. The question: can he add some more size to his frame? One scout told me he would like to put 10 pounds on Johnsion.
USC safety TJ McDonald: Scouts aren't sold on his game tape, but McDonald showed some range on Tuesday, the ability to flip the hips in coverage and he wasn’t shy about setting his pads on the edge. I know McDonald is stiff in his pedal and needs to come out of his breaks with more speed. However, looking at his size (6-2), I see the USC safety as an interesting player. Tue Strugglers-
Ricky Wagner, OT, Wisconsin (6061, 310 and 5.25): Wagner struggled again today, as he lacked quickness off the ball and was too passive with his hands, resulting in him getting literally bull rushed into the QB on one occasion. Like yesterday, he tended to stop his feet on contact against speed rushers, duck his head and get beaten around the edge. This week he has looked like a day three prospect despite being a multi-year starter Wisconsin.
Oday Aboushi, OT, Virginia (6052, 310 and 5.15): Despite displaying smooth athleticism and body control, Aboushi was not aggressive with his hands today and allowed pass rushers to get into his chest and jolt him at the POA. His lack of aggressiveness with his hands also enabled defenders to beat him with secondary pass rush moves both inside and out. Throughout practice he struggled to change directions against quick pass rushers. Tue Shiners-
Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan (6072, 305 and 4.80): Fisher looks the part of an NFL starting left tackle, as he not only has the size and length to play the position, but throughout practice today displayed excellent athleticism and competitiveness. He flashed solid power on drive blocks and was shockingly fluid and quick in space. He did a great job of using his hands to get a good fit on blocks and was highly competitive throughout practice. Our one issue with his play today was his tendency to block upright, which leaves him susceptible to bull rushes and hinder his ability to redirect back inside.
Kawann Short, DT, Purdue (6032, 308 and 4.85): Short displayed excellent strength and initial quickness which allowed him to press the pocket with an aggressive bull rush. Impressive hand quickness and strength made him very productive against blockers today and was essentially unblockable during one-on-one drills.
Datone Jones, DE, UCLA (6041, 280 and 4.75): During one-on-one drills Jones showed the ability to win with quickness and misdirection as well as pure power on a bull rush move. This was even more impressive because he defeated Eric Fisher with one quick and explosive inside pass rush move and drove Fisher back into the pocket on an aggressive bull rush. He also displayed a very good first step, which allowed him to press the edge on the pass rush. Jones was most impressive when using his hands to defeat blockers, as he displayed the violence and quickness needed to keep blockers off balance and off his frame.
Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma (6062, 302 and 4.95): Johnson had another strong performance today as he showed very good quickness out of his stance and into his set and in general displayed excellent athleticism. Like yesterday, he used his hands well to get a strong, inside fit in pass protection. Playing strength is a concern, as he was jolted backward on multiple occasions, however he showed the great trait of being able to reset and anchor after initially being knocked off the POA. Johnson was also effective sliding side to side with excellent base, which allowed him to maintain pass blocks.
Cornelius Washington, DE, Georgia (6040, 264 and 4.75): Despite jumping offsides on several snaps and drawing the ire of Detroit’s defensive line coach, Washington had a very impressive day overall. He was quick off the ball and showed the ability to change directions and beat blockers with quickness inside. His most impressive trait was his violent hands, which allowed him to bull rush blockers and collapse the pocket.