YORK -- As the 2013 NFL Draft quickly
approaches, Central Michigan offensive tackle and potential No.
1 overall pick Eric Fisher had a chance to reflect on his rise
to the top of most teams wish list. At the media opportunity pre-draft,
many NFL player personnel directors coveted the 6-foot-7, 308-pounder.
He is at the top of most draft boards.
questions about his level of competition at Central Michigan in
the Mid-American Conference, Fisher believes that he has displayed
his athleticism and ability to play at a high level. This is exactly
what has him at the top of many mock drafts conducted by scouts.
“He is at the top of most lists,” said veteran NFL
scout, Joe Collins.
have kind of expected everything throughout the process,”
Fisher said. “This has been a dream of mine for a long time
so I’ve tried not to let it be a surreal experience. I want
it to be a reality because I think if it stays surreal too long
you forget about the things you have to do to be successful.”
was an under-the-radar guy and that is to be expected coming from
a smaller school,” Fisher said. “Going through the
Senior Bowl and the NFL Combine I was able to show everyone where
Central Michigan is and what kind of players we can produce. A
lot of people have questions about the competition I faced, but
I think my biggest games last year were against Iowa and Michigan
State and I was able to play my best football. I definitely had
a great game in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl against Western
Kentucky during Christmas. Ford Field wetted my appetite for the
a lightly recruited, lanky 6-8, 250 lb. prospect from Stoney Creek
High School in Rochester Hills, Michigan, came to Central originally
as a tight end. When he left four years later, he was considered
to be one of the elite college football players in the nation
at any position. His highest compliment was that he was a hard
worker and was very coachable.
is among a trio of offensive lineman – including Texas A&M
tackle Luke Joeckel and Oklahoma tackle Lane Johnson – that
are projected to go within the top 10 NFL picks. Fisher spoke
about how that competition was something that has pushed each
of them to work harder throughout the process. “We have
a lot of great competition in this draft,” Fisher said.
“It was a quarterback class last year, but this year is
more offensive line dominated (Offensive lineman). We don’t
always get the most exposure but it’s been a fun experience
so far. When you have someone pushing you to be your best it really
helps. It has been a constant battle and we’ll see who comes
out on top.”
the rise to instant stardom, Fisher has no plans of letting the
spotlight change his core values and strong work ethic that made
him a two-time All-MAC selection and All-American following his
senior season. He also has continued to express that the National
Football League is a dream come true and that no matter which
team takes him Thursday night, he will be prepared to bring that
work ethic to their organization.
are 32 teams and they all have a lot to offer.” If Fisher
becomes the highest pick in the MAC history, or even the No. 1
overall pick, it will be something that will make the entire experience
even sweeter. “I’m always going to be the same person,”
Fisher said. “I don’t plan on changing for anything.
My dream has been to play in the NFL and the NFL strictly.
a MAC player had previously been selected in the NFL Draft was
No. 7; a distinction that belonged to Marshall QB Byron Leftwich
when he was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2003. Among
current members of the MAC, Bowling Green back Bernie Casey went
the highest, at No. 9, to the San Francisco 49ers in 1961. Miami
(Ohio) quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (2004, Pittsburgh Steelers)
and Toledo defensive tackle Dan Williams (1993, Denver Broncos)
were both selected at No. 11.
would be a huge honor (to be drafted No. 1 overall),” Fisher
said. “I almost don’t have words for it. I don’t
think I would be able to describe that feeling until after it
happened. It has been my dream and my goal going through this
process to be drafted as high as possible and you can’t
go higher than number one.”
couldn’t be more excited for Eric,” said CMU head
coach Dan Enos. “It’s extremely gratifying to see
how his toughness, determination and focus have made him the player
he is today and we are glad to be a part of that process. We are
proud to have had him in our Chippewa Football program and look
forward to his continued success.”
is the second CMU player to be selected in the first round of
the NFL Draft. He follows in the footsteps of All-Pro offensive
lineman Joe Staley. Fisher has been compared with him often. Staley
set the standard in 2007 when he was chosen in the first round
by the San Francisco 49ers at No. 28. In all, 34 Chippewa’s
have been drafted by NFL teams, dating back to 1946 when the Detroit
Lions selected running back Ben Wall in the 18th round.
on the CMU campus with so much talk about the draft, the football
team continued the tradition of giving back some energy to the
community. The athletes recognize that the local population provides
them with so much support. Team members took part in numerous
service activities throughout the Mount Pleasant area. Each of
the service activities that the football team was involved in
was organized through C.A.R.E. (Central Athletes Reaching Everyone),
a program that coordinates community appearances for each of CMU’s
beats WKU 24-21 in Little Caesars Pizza Bowl at Ford Field