Fisher drawing attention to Central Michigan, MAC
Eric Fisher’s presence at Central Michigan’s pro day meant a
little more attention for some of his teammates.
”He brought in the whole world,” defensive back Jahleel Addae
said after showing off his ability in front of a number of NFL
representatives. ”That was good. It gave all of us a chance to
showcase our talent to everybody that was out there.”
Fisher’s stock seems to be rising as the NFL draft approaches.
The hulking left tackle is projected to go in the top five picks in
some mock drafts – which would give Central Michigan and the
Mid-American Conference a major publicity boost. Fisher was a
third-team AP All-American last season, and although he was seldom
in the spotlight in college, that could change soon in a big
”To be honest, I like being under the radar,” Fisher said.
”I’m on a mission to get as high as possible, so we’ll see what
happens in April.”
A CMU spokesman estimated that there were representatives from
over twice as many NFL teams as at last year’s pro day. Fisher
actually spent a lot of time standing around. He didn’t take part
in testing stations like the 40-yard dash, saying he was happy with
his results at the NFL combine, but he did participate in some
drills toward the end.
The 6-foot-7, 304-pound Fisher towered over some of the other
players on the field. It wasn’t hard to find him, even when he was
standing off to the side.
”We saw Fish a few years ago, and we saw a really big, lean guy
that could run,” Central Michigan coach Dan Enos said. ”Our thing
was, we said that if he can ever get to 300 pounds and maintain it,
he’ll have a chance to be as good and go as high as he wants to
Behind players like Fisher, Addae and wide receiver Cody Wilson,
the Chippewas went 7-6 last season, winning their last four games,
including the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl against Western Kentucky.
Fisher received plenty of attention even before the season was
”We had general managers, we had player personnel directors
during the season come watch us practice and everything,” Enos
said. ”Obviously today, we had a really good representation.”
Fisher went to the Senior Bowl in January, and by the time the
combine rolled around, he appeared to be closing the gap on fellow
tackle Luke Joeckel, the presumptive No. 1 pick.
Now, some mock drafts at NFL.com have Joeckel and Fisher going
1-2 – the order depends on the analyst. Kansas City has the first
pick next month, followed by Jacksonville.
Fisher doesn’t put a whole lot of stock in those types of
projections, but if there’s a chance to be taken first overall,
he’d certainly embrace it.
”I think that would be great for this program,” he said.
”Great for me and my family, but it’s awesome representing the
school and the Chippewas.”
If Fisher is taken first, it would be yet another big moment for
the MAC, which sent Northern Illinois to the Orange Bowl last year.
And there’s certainly precedent for a Central Michigan lineman
going early. Joe Staley was taken in the first round by San
Francisco in 2007, and he’s started every game he’s played for the
49ers in the six seasons since.
”I think it just helps give validity to everything we talk to
young men about in recruiting,” Enos said. ”You want to play in
the NFL, you want to be an All-American, you want to be a
first-round draft choice, you don’t have to go to a Big Ten school
or an SEC school to do that. You can come to our school.”
At times, Fisher seems a bit amazed by how this process has
unfolded, but there are still several weeks to go, and he’ll be
evaluated probably all the way up until the time his name is called
at the draft.
It may feel like a whirlwind at times, but Fisher is determined
to keep his focus.
”I’m just a very competitive person,” he said. ”I work to be
No. 1 in everything I do. I’m a very hard worker, I’m good at what
I do. In the end, it’s up to them.”