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CENTRAL MICHIGAN’S FISHER GOES FROM UNKNOWN TO FIRST ROUND

Posted by Kevin Bowen on February 22, 2013 – 9:28 am

Flashback to four years ago and as a 230-pound graduating high school senior, Eric Fisher could hardly get Division I colleges to notice the tight end prospect.

He had a pair of MAC offers and there was still the question of whether or not he could put on the necessary weight to become a Division I offensive lineman.

Turn the clock to 2013 and the now 305-pound Fisher is on the minds of nearly every NFL general manager this week with the possibility of being the first offensive tackle selected in April’s NFL Draft.

“It’s just amazing watching my dream becoming a reality, slowly,” Fisher said at Thursday’s NFL Combine.

“Obviously there’s still 2 months till the draft and I’m going to do whatever I have to do to get drafted as high as possible and make my dream complete, but it’s been absolutely amazing. Just a surreal experience.”

While Fisher grew into a dominant tackle in the MAC and the All-American honors followed, he still felt he had to prove himself at the Senior Bowl.

Going up against some of the nation’s finest defensive linemen, Fisher wowed scouts and has seen his stock blossom into a potential top-10 pick.

“I knew what I had to do to impress a lot of people and cancel all the doubt in people’s minds at the senior bowl so I went down there with a little chip on my shoulder, on a mission to prove to a lot of people who Eric Fisher is and what he’s made of,” Fisher said.

At this point it seems to be a foregone conclusion that Fisher will hear his name called in the first round of the 2013 draft.

When that time does come, Fisher will join San Francisco 49ers offensive tackle Joe Staley as the lone CMU products to become first round picks.

“It’s great having a role model like (Staley),” Fisher said. “I remember being recruited and seeing his picture up on the wall as a first-round tackle, and he was a tight end when he started out so he showed me that it was possible.”

“He’s gotten in touch with me recently and it’s great having somebody like that to look up to and be able to talk to about what to expect from the Senior Bowl, to the combine, to the pro day and then to the draft. It’s great keeping in touch with him.”

Fisher returns to the Midwest this week looking to supplant himself as the top tackle in this year’s class.

“That would be a huge, huge honor, and obviously a dream complete,” Fisher said.


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