On January 21st at the Senior Bowl, Central Michigan OT Eric Fisher’s arms were measured at 34″ even.
Today, February 21st, in Indianapolis at the NFL Combine, they measured 34 1/2″:
That is extremely impressive. By the time September 21st rolls around, if he keeps his arm-growing pace up at a half inch per month, Fisher’s arms will be 40 inches long by the time the playoffs begin:
“Great arm length” is anything greater than 35 inches, according to Wes Bunting of the National Football Post. Fisher will have longer arms than Manute Bol by the time he has been in the league for 2 years. The longer your reach, the bigger advantage you have as an offensive tackle against pass rushers.
However, my biggest concern regarding Fisher’s arm growth is that his arms will be longer than the entire length of his body by the 2020 season. He’ll look something like this:
At some point, whatever team drafts him is going to have to move him to TE so that he has room to extend his arms pre-snap, and not be offsides. This will require his team to move him off the line of scrimmage, making him a TE:
Of course, when his arms are that long, you’ll want him to play TE anyway, so that he can be the red zone target that Eagles fans have been clamoring for over the last decade. That should put all the Plaxico Burress talk to bed:
He’ll lead the NFL in TDs, however, they’ll probably have to hire somebody to wipe his ass.