Eric Fisher Central Michigan An excellent athlete with great length and very good feet for a tall player. A pass blocker with very fluid kick step to slide and defeat pass rusher on up field shoulder, pushing past quarterback drop zone or mirror; hands are held numbers-high with stab and replace to attack defender’s breast plate. A muscular upper body with good feet to slide and adjust vs. spin move. Has a stout anchor, but will need to drop pad level more consistently as pad level rises on defender contact; plays tall at times and is pulled off balance. Good toughness and nasty attitude. Good movement on pulling to play side; turns up in hole and locates defender on the move with vision, attacking target in space. A strong inline down blocker, he also boasts good feet to skip out of stance to fold block with TE; will get narrow based on recovery, but athletic skill set gets him back in play. Can stock and walk defender off LOS (line of scrimmage) with strong UOH (use of hands) to grab outside cloth and steer defender. Good combo block to second level with production; slight lead head to get off balance but recovers, and his tendency to fall off blocks will get corrected with NFL coaching. Very good FBI (football instincts) and awareness to recognize stunts and blitz with production. Will need to continue to develop in weight room during off season to get stronger in both upper and lower body. Softli – First-round talent/Top 15 pick.
Central Michigan University Chippewas
Stoney Creek High School
What first began as whispers started to turn into quiet conversations, as league decision makers began the process of evaluating the talent being showcased during practices at the 2013 Senior Bowl. As the media began to notice, those conversations turned into staff meetings, followed by everyone but “Sherlock Holmes” looking very closely at a football player wearing a Chippewas helmet.
By the time the week of practices had concluded in Mobile, Alabama, any offensive tackle eligible for the 2013 NFL Draft were served notice by Eric Fisher – the line forms behind #79. It is not the first time his school has produced an offensive lineman to garner so much attention from NFL teams. It is also no coincidence that Fisher has been regularly compared to Joe Staley, a second round pick by San Francisco in 2007, who has been the anchor of the 49ers offensive line ever since.
Fisher is bigger and stronger that Staley, but equally athletic, as those skills were further highlighted by the left offensive tackle after yet another outstanding performance a month after dazzling all in Mobile. This time, it was in Indianapolis, with every top-level draft prospect converging on the city for the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine. While folks at home were preparing to watch the Oscars, it was Fisher out on the field winning some honors himself.
When teams sit in the film room and review his performances on the field, they all leave greatly impressed. When they departed Mobile after seeing Fisher in practices, those decision makers knew it was time to rearrange their draft value boards. When they packed up and left Indianapolis, it was if they were all in a choir, singing the praises for a man that is likely to be the earliest draft selection for any player that has ever played in the Mid-American Conference.
Fisher knows that it is the “battle in the trenches” that will tell the real story about his football skills, and he takes all the talk of being an early first round draft pick in stride. But for a few days at the Combines, he knew he could cement his status among the best prospects to come out of college and he did not disappoint.
Checking in at 6:07.2 and weighing 306 pounds, Fisher was clocked at a quick 5.05 seconds in the 40-yard dash. He then showed teams that he has above average lateral movement and overall agility, as his 20-yard shuttle time (4.44) and three-cone drill (7.59) were some of the best for any lineman on either side of the ball in Indianapolis. When he performed a 9’8” broad jump, other linemen were quick to notice. He then showed off his raw power, putting up 225 pounds in the bench press 27 times. Consider his performance a “job well done.”
Any team looking to add Fisher to their roster in 2013 will see a player who has a developing frame that could carry at least another twenty pounds of bulk with no loss in quickness. He has a thick upper body with broad shoulders, good muscle development, long arms and strong hands. He has impressive lower body thickness with a big bubble, wide hips and well-developed thighs and calves. He looks a bit lean for his size, but has good leg drive and lower body strength to gain advantage and leverage coming off the snap.
The first thing you notice about Fisher is his quickness and flexibility in his kick slide. He has classic natural knee bend with good hip snap to redirect and mirror the edge rushers. He is nimble moving his feet in his pass set-up, retreating fluidly while maintaining body control. He shows good urgency and leg drive coming off the snap, demonstrating the knee bend to drop his weight well.
Fisher possesses very good strength to create and hold the rush lanes and is consistent attaining strong anchor. His balance and flexibility allows him to change direction fluidly and shows very good acceleration when blocking into the second level. He is quick to readjust and plays on his feet, showing good body control and balance operating in space. His lower body flexibility lets him recover to anchor and he is very smooth changing direction to get in front on traps and pulls.
Fisher has that quick first step, above average body control, exceptional balance and good leg drive to walk his assignment off the snap. He is quick and agile enough to generate solid second level blocks and works hard to maintain the rushing crease (219 of his 341 knockdown blocks came in run support). He shows ease-of-movement when redirecting and keeps his weight down and hips loose to flow with the play.
Fisher knows how to use his size to wall off and has the foot balance to sustain. You can see on film that Fisher comes off the snap with a hard charge, using his leg drive and foot balance to stay on his blocks. He has the more than enough lower body strength and explosion to consistently drive and create rush lanes, but he can also gain position and use his body to wall off and hold. He is a great incline blocker due to his ability to scope, and does an excellent job of keeping his hands active when trying to reach.
As a pass protector, Fisher shows very good foot quickness in his kick slide. He has exceptional knee bend and hip flexibility in his retreat and shows good patience waiting for the defender to attack rather than overextend and get knocked off balance. With his lateral quickness, body control and balance, He can easily readjust and mirror. He uses his arms adequately to separate and sustain, and does a nice job shuffling his feet, sliding laterally and staying square with good balance.
Fisher’s exceptional athleticism, at least for an offensive lineman, can be attributed to his days as a standout football and basketball player at Stoney Creek High School. The Rochester, Michigan native started three times, but did not line up at the demanding left offensive tackle position until his senior year.
The 250-pound lineman also served as team captain during his prep senior season. The two-time All-Area and All-League choice earned a berth on the Detroit Free Press “Fab 50” squad in 2008 and garnered All-State honorable mention accolades from the Detroit Free Press, Detroit News and Associated Press.
Fisher helped lead the gridiron team to the 2006 and 2007 OAA Blue championships, as he was tabbed first-team All-League, All-Eccentric, All-North and All-Detroit Metro. The All-Oakland County Dream Team member would close out his career after being selected to play in the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association all-star game.
On the basketball court, Fisher lettered three times, finishing his career as an All-League, All-Metro and All-Oakland County selection. He also served as the hoops team captain during his senior season.
After receiving just a two-star prospect rating from Rivals.com, the underrated talent decided to stay in-state when Fisher accepted a scholarship offer to attend Central Michigan. As a true freshman, he was the recipient of the team’s “Future Ace” Award while appearing in eight games for a senior laden offensive line. His performances in reserve duty would eventually earn him a pair of starting assignments at left tackle, facing off vs. Ball State and Northern Illinois in late November match-ups.
In 2010, Fisher proved to be an invaluable “sixth man” on the offensive line – filling in wherever the coaches needed him. He would appear in twelve games, earning nine starts, with four coming as a right tackle, two at right guard and three others at the position he would embrace and dominate at as a junior and senior – left offensive tackle. His pass protection skills greatly aided a CMU offense that ranked second in the Mid-American Conference and 17th in the nation with an average of 284.0 passing yards per game.
As a junior, Fisher started each of the Chippewas’ first ten games at left tackle, but sat out the final two contests due to a knee injury. He was the first CMU lineman since Joe Staley in 2006 to record over 100 knockdown blocks in a season (118) and helped an offensive front wall that yielded just seventeen sacks for the 2011 season. Without Fisher available for the final two games, his replacements allowed three sacks, four quarterback pressures and the team threw two interceptions without their protection available on the left side.
Fisher returned with a vengeance in 2012. The league’s coaches might have ignited a fire within the senior after they awarded him just third-team All-Mid American honors the previous season. He was determined to serve notice, which he did, after recording 143 knockdowns and twenty touchdown-resulting blocks, the highest figures for any other offensive lineman eligible for the 2013 draft.
CMU capitalized on Fisher’s dominance up front. Central Michigan blockers allowed just fifteen sacks in thirteen games, tied for 17th nationally and second in the conference. He protected a backfield that would account for 5,122 yards, the most by a CMU team since the 2007 squad set the school season-record (6,258). His standout performance was duly recognized, as the league’s coaches selected him to the All-MAC first-team.
The two-time Central Michigan Offensive Upfront Player of the Year, Fisher also received several All-American accolades. He was named the top offensive lineman eligible for the 2013 draft by The NFL Draft Report and invited to play in the 2013 Senior Bowl. He would go to Mobile and dominate vs. any other major college defensive lineman that dared to challenge him in practices.
Fisher started 34-of-42 games that he appeared in for Central Michigan – 28 at left offensive tackle, four at right tackle and two at right guard…As a starter, he registered 341 knockdowns/key blocks, as he also produced 45 touchdown-resulting blocks.
Fisher earned All-American Dream Team honors (consists of the best draft prospects at each position by The NFL Draft Report, as that scouting information service regards the senior as the best offensive lineman eligible for the 2013 draft…Also named first-team All-American by The NFL Draft Report, second-team by Sports Illustrated and third-team by the Associated Press…For the second-straight year, he was selected the Chippewas’ Offensive Upfront Player of the Year…The unanimous All-Mid American Conference first-team choice was also named to the inaugural Senior Bowl All-Futures Team…Started all thirteen games at left offensive tackle, where he led the major college ranks with 143 knockdowns, along with producing twenty touchdown-resulting blocks, as a member of a front wall that yielded just fifteen quarterback sacks (losses of 101 yards), as their average of 1.15 sacks allowed was the second-lowest average in the conference and tied for 17th in the nation…The offense used Fisher’s blocking and pass protection to amass 5,122 yards in total offense, their best figure since the 2007 squad set the school annual record with 6,258 yards, an average of 5.82 yards per play…The 2012 team finished with an average of 6.19 yards per play, the best for any team in CMU annals…After rushing for just seven touchdowns in 2011, the ground game accounted for 22 scores in 2012, with Fisher coming up “big” on twenty of those marches into the end zone…Fisher opened the season in explosive fashion, posting fifteen knockdowns by halftime, along with three touchdown-resulting blocks, as he upended defensive end Justin Love on a 2-yard scoring burst by tailback Anthony Garland, as CMU scored four times and gained 324 yards on the ground vs. Southeast Missouri…In the Toledo clash, he flattened linebacker Robert Bell to kill a blitz on a 23-yard scoring strike from QB Ryan Radcliff to “Z” receiver Titus Davis, as CMU tallied 337 aerial yards…The passing game added 339 yards and three touchdowns, as Fisher took down middle linebacker Travis Freeman on Radcliff’s 22-yard touchdown pass to tight end Ben McCord vs. Ball State…Made sixteen knockdowns and two touchdown- resulting blocks, including one that crushed middle linebacker Kurt Mangum on a 72-yard scoring scamper by tailback Zyrlon Tipton, as the Chippewas totaled 444 yards vs. Akron.
Fisher received All-American honorable mention and All-Mid American Conference first-team honors from The NFL Draft Report, but the league’s coaches mysteriously only accorded him third-team All-MAC accolades…Selected CMU’s Offensive Upfront Player of the Year…Started the team’s first ten games at left offensive tackle before a knee injury would sideline him for the Chippewas’ final two contests vs. Ohio University and Toledo…
Part of a front wall that allowed only seventeen sacks for the season, when Fisher was sidelined, his replacement allowed three sacks and four quarterback pressures during that two-game span…The junior led the team with 118 knockdowns and recorded twelve touch-down-resulting blocks, as the offense averaged 389.92 yards per game…With Fisher leading the way, CMU produced more than 560 yards in total offense in two contests – 563 vs. Northern Illinois and 569 at Ball State.
Fisher appeared in eleven games, starting nine contests, as he was part of a unit that ranked second in the MAC and 17th in the nation in passing offense, an average of 284.0 aerial yards per game…The sophomore delivered 68 knockdowns and eleven touchdown-resulting blocks, despite starting at three different positions…Fisher did not earn his first starting assignment until CMU’s fourth game, taking over right tackle duties vs. North-western, followed by three more starts there vs. Ball State, Virginia Tech and Miami (Oh.)… The sophomore then shifted inside, starting at right guard vs. Northern Illinois and Bowling Green…He would then close out the season starting at left tackle vs. Western Michigan, Navy and Toledo…Was part of an offensive line that allowed a season-low one sack in loss vs. Miami (Oh.)…Helped contribute 495 total yards of offense and five touch-downs at Navy…Contributed eight knockdowns as part of an offensive line that allowed a season-low one sack at Toledo.
The recipient of the program’s “Future Ace” award, Fisher appeared in eight games as a true freshman…His performance as a reserve would lead to a pair of starting assignments to close out the season, taking over left tackle chores vs. Ball State and Northern Illinois.
2011 Season…Fisher suffered a knee sprain that would sideline him for CMU’s final two games, vs. Ohio University (11/10) and Toledo (11/18).
5.05 in the 40-yard dash…1.69 10-yard dash…2.83 20-yard dash…4.44 20-yard shuttle…
7.59 three-cone drill…28 ½-inch vertical jump…9’8” broad jump…Bench pressed 225 pounds 27 times…34 ½-inch arm length…10 ½-inch hands…82 1/8-inch wingspan.
Fisher attended Stoney Creek (Rochester Hills, Mich.) High School, lettering three times in both football and basketball…The three-year gridiron starter did not line up at left offensive tackle position until his senior year…The 250-pound lineman served as team captain during his senior season…The two-time All-Area and All-League choice earned a berth on the Detroit Free Press “Fab 50” squad in 2008 and garnered All-State honorable mention accolades from the Detroit Free Press, Detroit News and Associated Press…Led
the gridiron team to the 2006 and 2007 OAA Blue championships, as he was tabbed first-team All-League, All-Eccentric, All-North and All-Detroit Metro…The All-Oakland County Dream Team member closed out his career after being selected to play in the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association all-star game…On the basketball court, Fisher received All-League, All-Metro and All-Oakland County honors while serving as the hoops team captain during his senior season.
Mechanical Engineering major…Born 1/05/91…Resides in Rochester, Michigan.
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