04/25/2013 - DANE BRUGLER'S FINAL 2013 DRAFT BOARD: 1. OT Eric Fisher, Central Michigan (6-7, 306, 4SR)...Fisher proved in the Senior Bowl and at the combine that he could hang with the big boys and not just dominate MAC competition. He has room to grow, but the upside is undeniable. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
04/25/2013 - Offensive tackle Eric Fisher has emerged as the likely No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. The Central Michigan left tackle has met three times with members of the Kansas City Chiefs' management team, including at the Senior Bowl and NFL Scouting Combine. He also worked out for them privately and confidently told his mother, Heidi, to retire from Volkswagen after 33 years on the job (she hasn't yet). As the top pick in the draft, Fisher or Texas A&M's Luke Joeckel are in line for a four-year deal (with fifth-year option) worth more than $23 million. We're expecting the unexpected in 2013 -- meaning don't write that Fisher pick in ink on your tally board, Chiefs fans -- a year in which scouts are setting up for a bevy of surprises.
In their final mock drafts, NFLDraftScout.com's Rob Rang and Dane Brugler were split on Fisher and Joeckel. One or both might prove a solid longtime starter as Jake Long did for the Dolphins after going first overall, but for relative comparison sake, consider Brugler does note Matt Kalil would be the No. 1 pick in this draft. He went fourth to Minnesota in 2012. According to USA Today's Lindsay Jones, there are at least two other options in play for GM John Dorsey if the Chiefs sit tight at No. 1. According to multiple reports, the Chiefs are fielding calls from teams considering trading up for the top pick. - Jeff Reynolds, The Sports Xchange
03/16/2013 - 2013 Central Michigan Pro Day: Central Michigan's Eric Fisher keeps his draft stock soaring...Representatives from 28 NFL teams gathered at Central Michigan's pro day Monday, where 18 players participated in a workout that was held indoors on FieldTurf. Projected top-10 draft pick Eric Fisher - NFL.com's Bucky Brooks had him going No. 1 to the Kansas City Chiefs in his latest mock draft - was the main attraction and did not discourage the continuing rise of his draft stock.
Fisher (6-foot-7 1/2, 304 pounds) displayed his athleticism in a workout led by Jacksonville Jaguars offensive line coach George Yarno. Fisher stood by his numbers from the NFL Scouting Combine, where he was a top performer in his position group in both the broad jump and 20-yard short shuttle. Fisher can follow in the footsteps of the San Francisco 49ers offensive tackle Joe Staley, a first-round draft pick in 2007 out of Central Michigan and a Pro Bowl selection in 2012. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
03/01/2013 - 2013 NFL PRO DAY DATES TO REMEMBER: March 11 - Central Michigan ... After excellent results at the combine, it's unlikely that Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher will run or lift, but it's very likely the Kansas City Chiefs and other top-10 teams will want to see him in positional drills. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
02/27/2013 - TOP 10 COMPELLING NFL COMBINE STORY LINES: 3. Eric Fisher's story is one to keep in mind every Signing Day. The Central Michigan offensive tackle, who is projected to go in the Top 15 by many draft analysts, on why he wasn't recruited heavily out of high school, when he was a 6-7 kid who also excelled on the basketball court: "I was a 230-pound offensive tackle," he said, adding that "it's just amazing watching my dream becoming reality slowly. It's surreal."
I asked him the other day if any Big Ten schools even talked to him about walking on. "The only Big Ten schools I talked to was Michigan State and Purdue, and neither of them really wanted anything to do with me," Fisher said. "So hey, it doesn't matter where you start, it's where you end up. That's a big thing I take to heart." - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com
02/27/2013 - 02/27/13 NFL DRAFT SCOUT RISER: 1. Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan...Coming off an excellent Senior Bowl week in Mobile, Fisher entered the combine as a likely top-10 pick as the No. 2 offensive tackle in the draft. However after a strong performance at Lucas Oil Stadium, the Central Michigan product belongs in the conversation with Luke Joeckel to be the No. 1 overall pick to the Chiefs. Fisher showed off his athleticism and natural body control during positional drills, also impressing with a 5.05 40-yard dash, 4.44 20-yard shuttle and 27 reps on the bench press. He isn't head and shoulders above Joeckel as a prospect, but he has shown that he's on a similar level as the former Aggie, evidence by my most recent mock that projects Fisher to Kansas City with the top pick. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
02/21/2013 - When Eric Fisher took a recruiting trip to Central Michigan several years ago his eyes became fixed upon a framed picture of Joe Staley, the team's left tackle and 2008 first-round pick of the San Francisco 49ers. Now, Fisher a potential top-10 pick in the NFL Draft, is leaning heavily on Staley as he makes a similar transition from the small MAC school. Fisher spoke often with Staley leading into this week's NFL Scouting Combine. "It's great having someone like that to look up to and be able to talk to about what to expect," Fisher said. "It was really nice to watch him play, see his progression and the things he does to defeat people on the field."
Staley, a former tight end, is regarded for his quick feet and athleticism. By comparison, Fisher (6-foot-7, 306 pounds) arrived at Central Michigan with a tight end stature before adding 70 pounds. An all-league performer in basketball in his senior year at Stoney Creek High School in Rochester, Mich., Fisher developed strong footwork on the hardwood. "I thought being a basketball player in high school was huge," Fisher said. "There's a lot of similarities between basketball and offensive line as far as lateral movement. I think that really prepared me."
Fisher impressed scouts with a strong showing at last month's Senior Bowl, often pancaking Texas defensive end Alex Okafor and several others in practice. It helped boost him to No. 6 overall in CBSSports.com's latest projection, second among left tackles behind Luke Joeckel of Texas A&M. The Eagles, Lions, Colts, Bears, Giants and Steelers are among teams that could pursue a tackle with an early round pick. "I'm looking to be the number one tackle," Fisher said. - Matt Rybaltowski, CBSSports.com
01/24/2013 - The most talented position on offense at the Senior Bowl this year is along the offensive line. Both squads feature a luxury left tackle, very capable guards and plenty of girth in-between. This while perhaps the most intriguing tackle in the draft, D.J. Fluker from Alabama, weighed in Monday and vanished by Tuesday while another quality tackle, Luke Joeckel, watched from afar since he's entering as an underclassman. With no elite quarterbacks to speak of, the Senior Bowl kind of turned into an offensive line coach's dream world. It was hard to pick the three best of the group, as well as three who need the most work, but after three practices we made our tough choices.
Three up...1. Eric Fisher, Central Michigan (6-7 ??, 305). Everything you've seen/heard/read about this guy is legit. He's ready for the pros now. He hasn't been perfect this week - battles with UCLA's Datone Jones and Texas' Alex Okafor in practice have gone both ways - but everything from his footwork to his hand placement to his explosiveness out of the snap is solid. He won't last past the 15th pick in the draft. - Dave Richard, CBSSports.com
01/22/2013 - 2013 SENIOR BOWL, TUESDAY RISER: OT Eric Fisher, Central Michigan (North Team)...After two days of practice, it's clear that Eric Fisher has separated himself as the best prospect in Mobile this week. He hasn't been perfect, but has won more battles than he's lost, displaying the coordination and feet to hold up in space. Although he will get too tall at times, Fisher has shown better base strength than expected to absorb contact and hold his ground to control blockers, flashing a nasty demeanor as well. He has cemented himself as a top-12 pick and it isn't a stretch to consider him one of this year's top prospects. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/22/2013 - 2013 SENIOR BOWL, MONDAY RISER: OT Eric Fisher, Central Michigan...After a great weight-in Monday morning (6-7, 305, 34" arms), Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher finished strong with an excellent Monday practice, performing excellent in pass protection drills. He showed off his nimble feet and natural body coordination to square his frame and control the rusher in front of him. Fisher's lack of elite upper and lower body strength showed at times, but overall it was a great start to the week as he competes with Oklahoma's Lane Johnson to be the first senior offensive tackle drafted. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/21/2013 - 2013 Senior Bowl, Monday North practice: After a great weigh-in Monday morning (6072, 305, 34" arms), Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher finished strong with an excellent Monday practice, doing terrific in pass-protection drills. He showed off his nimble feet and natural body coordination to square his frame and control the rusher in front of him. Fisher's lack of elite upper- and lower-body strength showed at times, but overall it was a great start to the week as he competes with Oklahoma's Lane Johnson to be the first senior offensive tackle drafted. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/03/2013 - Safety Jahleel Addae and offensive tackle Eric Fisher have accepted invitations to play in All-Star games in front of NFL scouts, coaches and player personnel. Addae accepted an invitation to the East-West Shrine game, while Fisher accepted an invite to the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala.
Fisher started all 13 games at left tackle for CMU, anchoring an offense that averaged 6.2 yards per play and nearly 400 yards a game. He earned All-America recognition from SI.com and the Associated Press and was named all-league. - Cory Butzin, Michigan Live
12/16/2012 - 2012 AP ALL-AMERICAN THIRD TEAM: OT - Eric Fisher, senior, Central Michigan...A 2012 First Team All-MAC honoree, Fisher was a mainstay up front for CMU this season, starting all 12 games at left tackle. He anchored a line that helped the Chippewa offense average 6.2 yards per play, second best in the MAC, produce nearly 400 yards of offense per game, and score 30 or more points in the season's final six games. CMU also ranked fourth in the conference in sacks allowed (14). A three-year starter and two-time winner of CMU's Offensive Upfront Player of the Year Award, Fisher is widely considered to the top senior left tackle in the nation and is projected to be an early round selection in the 2013 NFL Draft. - Central Michigan football
12/02/2012 - 2012 ALL-MAC FIRST TEAM: Offensive Lineman - Eric Fisher, Central Michigan, has been selected First Team All-Mid-American Conference for the 2012 college football season. Fisher, who earned third team honors in 2011, was a mainstay up front for CMU this season, starting all 12 games at left tackle. He anchored a line that helped the Chippewa offense average 6.2 yards per play, second best in the MAC, and produce nearly 400 yards of offense per game. CMU also ranked fourth in the conference in sacks allowed (14). Fisher is widely considered to the top senior left tackle in the nation and is projected to be an early round selection in the 2013 NFL Draft. - Central Michigan football
10/16/2012 - 10-15-12 NFL DRAFT SCOUT RISER: OT ERIC FISHER, CENTRAL MICHIGAN...When discussing the top offensive tackles for the 2013 NFL Draft, the first round talents are mostly underclassmen. But if any senior tackle has a chance at being a top-32 pick, that prospect might be Eric Fisher. He is a balanced athlete and plays with excellent coordination and length for a 6-7, 305-pound blocker. Fisher is a smooth mover in any direction and does a nice job breaking down in space to handle speed rushers, showing the eye discipline to mirror defenders. He has added "good" weight the past few years and even though he lacks much bulk, he plays with a strong frame and core. Fisher is a fiery competitor and plays with more pop than expected, delivering power in the run game. Naturally because of his height, Fisher will allow his pads to rise at times and can be walked backwards because he doesn't have a stout anchor. But he looks comfortable in pass protection and has worked hard to improve his technique and instincts at the position. Although he doesn't face top-level pass rushers each week in the MAC, Fisher currently projects as the No. 1 senior offensive tackle and will become much more well-known if he holds his own in January during Senior Bowl week. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com