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Differences between Eric Fisher and Luke Joeckel

Updated: 2013-04-25T22:44:33Z

The Kansas City Star

If the Chiefs are set on drafting a tackle with the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft, what’s the difference between Central Michigan’s Eric Fisher and Texas A&M’s Luke Joeckel. There are a few besides the pedigrees of their college teams.

Here’s a quick look:

Eric Fisher

•  Height/weight: 6 feet 7, 306 pounds

More of a physical, nasty player. Didn’t become a blocker until his senior year of high school after playing quarterback and outside linebacker.

Powerful run blocker. Helped Central Michigan’s Zurlon Tipton rush for 1,492 yards and 19 touchdowns with a 5.9 yard-per-carry average. The Chippewas finished 7-6 after a 24-21 win over Western Kentucky in the Little Caesars Bowl.

Central Michigan has produced only one NFL first-round pick, tackle Joe Staley, an All-Pro on the San Francisco 49ers’ Super Bowl team.

Luke Joeckel

•  Height/weight: 6 feet 6, 305 pounds

More of a finesse player. Started watching tape of his games in the fourth grade. Loves to talk about technique, especially footwork and hand positioning.

Blocked for Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel. Aggies finished 10-2 in first season in the Southeastern Conference, then routed Oklahoma 41-13 in the Cotton Bowl.

While no Texas A&M player has gone No. 1 overall, the Aggies have had a player taken in the top eight overall the last two years: Linebacker Von Miller in 2011 and quarterback Ryan Tannehill last year.

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