Eric Fisher should start from day one for an NFL franchise.
Eric Fisher wasn't a name you were probably familiar with during the 2012 college season. However, he had a strong showing at the Senior Bowl and an even stronger showing at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine to prove he's worthy of a top pick in the NFL draft.
Fisher has the athleticism, size and strength to start from day one for an NFL franchise. Let's take a look at five things you need to know about the former Central Michigan offensive tackle.
Combine results courtesy of NFL.com. College stats courtesy of Sports-Reference.com.
Full Name: Eric Fisher
Birthday: January 5, 1991
Hometown: Rochester, Michigan
High School: Rochester Hills (MI) Stoney Creek
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Coming out of high school, Fisher was only ranked a 2-star recruit by Rivals.com. However, he was an honorable mention All-State lineman.
2009: Two starts, 168.4 rushing yards per game, 29 rushing touchdowns, 255.5 passing yards per game, 28 passing touchdowns, 33.9 points per game
2010: Nine starts, 105.8 rushing yards per game, 18 rushing touchdowns, 284 passing yards per game, 17 passing touchdowns, 24.4 points per game
2011: 10 starts, 115.8 rushing yards per game, 7 rushing touchdowns, 274.2 passing yards per game, 25 passing touchdowns, 22.6 points per game
2012: 13 starts, 150.2 rushing yards per game, 22 rushing touchdowns, 243.8 passing yards per game, 23 passing touchdowns, 28.8 points per game
During his four-year career at Central Michigan, Eric Fisher played in games in all four seasons.
As a freshman, he started two games at left tackle and participated in another six games. Fisher's sophomore season saw him start nine games at a combination of left tackle, right tackle and right guard.
Over his final two seasons at CMU, Fisher started a total of 23 games at left tackle. He missed the last two games of his junior season due to a knee injury.
He was voted a First Team All-MAC selection and an AP Third Team All-American in 2012.
All statistics courtesy of CFBstats.com and are team statistics.
Weight: 306 lbs.
Arm Length: 34-1/2"
40-yard dash: 5.05 seconds
Bench press: 27 reps
Vertical jump: 28.5"
Broad jump: 116" (top performer)
3-cone drill: 7.59 seconds
20-yard shuttle: 4.44 seconds (top performer)
Eric Fisher put on an absolute show for NFL teams and scouts at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine. He was exceptional throughout all the drills and displayed his elite athleticism and huge upside.
All results courtesy of NFL.com.
The last great offensive lineman to come from Central Michigan was Joe Staley of the San Francisco 49ers.
Staley has become one of the best offensive tackles in the NFL in recent seasons, and Eric Fisher could easily follow in his footsteps. In fact, in terms of being effective early in a career, Fisher might make a bigger impact than Staley did as a rookie.
It's never easy to be compared to a great NFL player, but Fisher has all the tools to not only compare to Staley, but to possibly become a better player.
While Luke Joeckel has often been considered the top offensive line prospect in the 2013 NFL draft, NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock (via Ian Rapoport) likes Eric Fisher better:
In Mike Mayock's newest positional Top 5, a shift at offensive tackle. Eric Fisher moves up to #1, Luke Joeckel moves down to #2
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 5, 2013
Donovan McNabb to @dpshow: questions about Eric Fisher's lack of competition remind him of what people said about him coming out of 'Cuse.
— Andrew Perloff (@andrewperloff) April 23, 2013