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There is a feeling among NFL scouts and front office men that Eric Fisher no longer is gaining on Luke Joeckel.

He is passing him.

And that could mean Fisher will be the first player selected in the NFL draft.

The early thinking was Joeckel was clearly the better player, a top five pick compared to a 10-to-20 pick. And that thinking was based on Joeckel’s game tape. At Texas A&M, against the best group of pass rushers on anyone’s schedule, Joeckel was very impressive. Fisher did not play against the same type of competition at Central Michigan. He did acquit himself well in the Senior Bowl, however.

Joeckel is a pretty complete physical package. And he is a finished product. Joeckel should be able to step into an NFL starting lineup immediately and remain there for ten years. “His angles are so good,” one AFC general manager said. “Everything is perfect with him. He’s technically smooth. He’s incredibly instinctive, and sometimes that passes people by.”

But this is why he might be leapfrogged by Fisher: Joeckel isn’t the athlete Fisher is. “Fisher is probably better in pass pro,” the AFC G.M. said. “He has better feet.”

Joeckel is the superior run blocker, according to scouts. But left tackles usually don’t get drafted based on their run blocking.

Fisher also has slightly better length. His arms are 34

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