Courtesy: Tim Fitzgerald/CMU Athletics
Fisher Impresses with Standout Performance at NFL Scouting Combine
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – Central Michigan’s Eric Fisher further solidified his lofty draft status with an impressive performance at last weekend’s NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

Under the scrutiny of scouts, general managers, and coaches and a nationwide audience viewing on the NFL Network, Fisher tested well. He demonstrated his quick feet and athleticism in the 20-yard shuttle run, posting the best time among offensive lineman (4.44). Fisher also ran a 5.05 40-yard dash and completed the three-cone drill in 7.59 seconds. He had a 116-inch broad jump, which was second best in his position group, a 28.5-inch vertical jump, and did 27 reps on the bench press.

A consensus first round pick among NFL Draft experts, Fisher’s excellent showing at the Senior Bowl and the NFL Scouting Combine have moved him into consideration as a solid top 10 selection. Many mock drafts have Fisher going to the Arizona Cardinals at No. 7 and the Detroit Lions reportedly have interest in the homegrown Rochester native at No. 5. In a conference call last week, NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock went so far as to list Fisher among four players who potentially could be selected No. 1 overall. That notion was confirmed in a mock draft that appeared on on February 26, which had the Kansas City Chiefs taking Fisher with the top pick.

Fisher will further showcase his talents to NFL player personnel when he returns to Mount Pleasant to take part in CMU’s Pro Day on March 11. The event is closed to the public but will provide comprehensive coverage of the day’s activities.

Fisher was a mainstay up front for CMU in 2012, starting all 13 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 allowed just 15 sacks in 13 games in 2012, which ranks in the top 20 nationally. For his standout season, Fisher earned All-America recognition from (second team) and the Associated Press (third team) and was named First Team All-MAC by the conference and Phil Steele.

Super Bowl XLVII participant and All-Pro offensive lineman Joe Staley was the first Chippewa to be taken in the first round of the NFL Draft when, in 2007, he was chosen by the San Francisco 49ers at No. 28. In all, 33 Chippewas have been drafted by NFL teams, dating back to 1946 when the Detroit Lions selected running back Ben Wall in the 18th round.

The highest a MAC player has ever been selected in the NFL Draft is No. 7. Marshall quarterback Byron Leftwich established that standard in 200 when he was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The 2013 NFL Draft is scheduled for April 25-27 in New York City and will be broadcast live by the NFL Network. The first round will air in primetime on Thursday, April 25 beginning at 8 p.m. ET.