Luke Joeckel might be the top pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, but Mike Mayock doesn't think he's even the best at his position. Mayock put Eric Fisher out of Central Michigan as the top offensive tackle, the most notable shift in his latest positional rankings.
Fisher's rise from a maybe first-rounder to a probable top five pick has been pretty rapid. It's tough to show your dominance playing in the MAC - sure, Fisher wrecked most who came his way, but he very rarely faced off against NFL-caliber defensive ends, so it was tough to see what he was really capable of. But from his performance in practices at the Senior Bowl to the combine to Pro Day to team workouts, Fisher has absolutely soared.
He's got the physical capabilities -- 6'7, 306 pounds -- the athleticism -- he showed well in the broad jump and shuttle at the combine -- and as scouts have found, the natural instincts and moves of an elite left tackle prospect - perhaps better than Joeckel, a guy who's always been considered can't miss. Not bad for a guy who was just a 2-star tackle out of high school.
That doesn't mean one should expect Fisher to go first overall, as Mayock's ranking is just supposed to be an indicator of who is the better player, now where players will go. Dan Kadar's most recent mock draft still has Joeckel going first overall to Kansas City, but it would be surprising to see Fisher slip out of the top five.
The other big move on Mayock's board saw Ezekiel Ansah surpass Bjoern Werner. Both foreign-born prospects are going to be top-10 guys and are physical freaks, so perhaps its a matter of preference: Ansah's taller, with superior burst and speed suited to rushing passers from the weak side, while Werner looks to be a little bit more of a bully better built for shedding guys against the run.
A summary of what happened elsewhere. Mayock's whole rankings are here.
Up: Tyler Bray (previously unranked, now No. 5)
Down: Landry Jones (previously No. 5, now unranked)
Up: Christine Michael (previously unranked, now No. 3)
Down: Quinton Patton (was No. 4, now unranked)
Up: Brian Schwenke (was No. 3, now No. 1), Barrett Jones (was No. 3, now No. 2)
Down: Travis Frederick (was No. 1, now No. 3)
Up: Kyle Long (was No. 4, now No. 3)
Down: Larry Warford (was No. 3, now No. 4)
Up: Eric Fisher (was No. 2, now No. 1)
Down: Luke Joeckel (was No. 1, now No. 2)
4-3 defensive end
Up: Ezekiel Ansah (was No. 2, now No. 1)
Down: Bjoern Werner (was No. 1, now No. 2)
Down: Margus Hunt (was No. 2, now No. 3), Jesse Williams (was No. 4, now No. 5)
Up: Barkevious Mingo (was No. 3, now No. 2)
Down: Jamie Collins (was No. 2, now No. 3)
Up: Johnthan Banks (was unranked, now No. 5)
Down: Blidi Wreh-Wilson (was No. 5, now unranked)