Central Michigan left tackle Eric Fisher doesn't have as big of a name as some of the other offensive linemen entering the draft, but he has the potential to be an early first-round pick in the upcoming draft, as there are plenty of teams looking to solidify their offensive lines. He was named First Team All-MAC and Offensive Upfront Co-Player of the Year. He also earned third-team All-American honors. He anchored an offensive line that gained 6.2 yards per play, which was second-best in the MAC, and only allowed 14 sacks in 2012, which was fourth-best in the conference.
The 6'7, 305-pound Fisher played well as a blindside protector while at Central Michigan but has the versatility to play right tackle in the NFL as well. If he has a successful Senior Bowl and Combine, Fisher could be the first offensive tackle taken in the upcoming draft.
Fisher is 6'7 and checked in at 305 pounds at practice this week. Nothing seems to be slowing down Fisher -- not even a knee injury he suffered in 2011. He missed the final two games of the season because of the injury, but he returned to start all 12 games for Central Michigan in 2012.
- Quick off the ball and does a good job handling speed rushers
- Shows good strength to handle bull rushers
- Shows good power blocking in the run game as well as a solid pass protector
- Shows leadership ability on and off the field
- His height causes him to stand up, which allows defensive players to get under his pads and push him in the backfield
- He doesn't have high-level strength in his upper or lower body
- Never faced many elite pass rushers while playing his career in the MAC
Fisher would likely attract teams looking to solidify their offensive line with a player that has the potential to be an immediate impact player. He could be attractive to teams like Chargers or Steelers in the first round.
The stud of the day was Eric Fisher of Central Michigan. He extended away from his body to seal the edge well, arched his back to absorb bull rushes, and overall showed the body control, kick slide, balance, and hand adjustments to merit being considered the top OT in this draft. Looking forward to keeping up with him as well as reviewing Luke Joeckel this week to compare the two.
Fisher tweets at @Big_Fish79:
Heading to the hospital with the oline/dline to visit with the kids!— Eric Fisher (@Big_Fish79) January 24, 2013
- As an offensive lineman at a smaller school, Fisher's honors aren't crazy: he was first team all-MAC as a senior, when the Chippewas allowed only 14 sacks fewest in their conference.
2013 NFL Combine performance
Fisher was one of the biggest winners at the combine, as he measured in just over 6'7, but still managed to display some impressive athleticism. He was one of the top performers among offensive lineman in almost all drills, including ones like broad jump and short shuttle which showed strong lower body burst.
While he's still behind Luke Joeckel in the eyes of most, his showing at the combine has led many to believe that he is the most talented of the offensive tackle prospects and has the most upside.
- Fisher has moved up draft boards in a major way with his performance in Senior Bowl practices. SB Nation's Randy Booth ran a roundup of some of the praise that's been heaped upon Fisher during practice starting with a simple question: "Who's Eric Fisher?" Rams blog Turf Show Times tried to find out by interviewing the tackle.