The War Room: Levar Fisher, LB, NC State

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Levar Fisher
North Carolina State
Year: Senior
Height: 6’1″
Weight: 223
Birthday: November 29, 1979

Strengths: Levar Fisher is fast. Very fast. Last year, he ran a 4.55/40. He flies around the football field, wreaking havoc and forcing an offense to react to what he’s doing, sometimes breaking up plays before they even have a chance to get started.

Levar Fisher is strong. Very strong. Last year, he posted the highest strength and conditioning point total (bench press, squat, power clean, dips, pull-ups) on the 2001 Wolfpack squad.

Fisher is a strong tackler who simply makes plays. Last year, he forced six turnovers and registered 15 tackles behind the line of scrimmage. He has range to cover ground and keeps his head in the game. He’s also a leader who played through such excruciating pain last year (he had shoulder surgery during the off-season) that coaches actually held him out of contact drills during practices.

Areas of concern: There are concerns about Fisher’s size. He likes to use his frame (a bit undersized for a linebacker) to squeeze into tight spots, to exploit holes in the offensive line, something he likely won’t be able to do on Sundays. Some think he might project better as a safety in the NFL, while most believe, at the very least, he’ll likely have to play the weak side. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

Fisher also needs to work on the mental aspect of the game. He plays it well, but there’s room for improvement and he knows it. Last year, despite leading the nation in tackles, he found himself out of position too often, relying too much on his physical skills.

Is he sponge-worthy?: Fisher’s back at NC State because scouts last year graded him out as a third-to-fourth round pick, despite being named ACC Defensive Player of the Year. He played very well last season, and another season building on what he started in 2000 could put him into the second round, maybe even the late first round.

A smart kid (he’s was on the ACC’s All-Academic team in 1999), Fisher’s on schedule to graduate, and by all accounts, is a levelheaded, nice guy off the field who teammates absolutely love. So yeah, the Texans will and should be interested.

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