NEW YORK — As the 2013 NFL Draft quickly approaches, Central Michigan offensive tackle and potential No. 1 overall pick Eric Fisher had a chance to reflect on his rise to the top of the draft boards Wednesday.
“I have kind of expected everything throughout the process,” Fisher said. “This has been a dream of mine for a long time so I’ve tried not to let it be a surreal experience. I want it to be a reality because I think if it stays surreal too long you forget about the things you have to do to be successful.”
Despite questions about his level of competition at Central Michigan in the Mid-American Conference, Fisher believes that he has displayed his athleticism and ability to play at a high level, which is exactly what has the 6-foot-7, 308-pounder atop of many mock drafts.
“I was an under-the-radar guy and that happens coming from a smaller school,” Fisher said. “Going through the Senior Bowl and the NFL Combine I was able to show everyone where Central Michigan is and what kind of players we can produce. A lot of people have questions about the competition I faced, but I think my biggest games last year were against Iowa and Michigan State and I was able to play my best football.”
Fisher is among a trio of offensive lineman – including Texas A&M tackle Luke Joeckel and Oklahoma tackle Lane Johnson – that are projected to go within the top 10 picks Thursday night, something that has pushed each of them to work harder throughout the process according to Fisher.
“We have a lot of great competition in this draft,” Fisher said. “It was a quarterback class last year, but this year is more offensive line dominated. [Offensive lineman] don’t always get the most exposure but it's been a fun experience so far. When you have someone pushing you to be your best it really helps. It has been a constant battle and we’ll see who comes out on top.”
Even with the rise to instant stardom, Fisher has no plans of letting the spotlight change his core values and strong work ethic that made him a two-time All-MAC selection and All-American following his senior season.
He also has continued to express that the National Football League is a dream come true and that no matter which team takes him Thursday night, he will be prepared to bring that work ethic to their organization.
“I’m always going to be the same person,” Fisher said. “I don’t plan on changing for anything. My dream has been to play in the NFL and the NFL strictly. There are 32 teams and they all have a lot to offer.”
And should Fisher become the highest pick in the MAC history, or even the No. 1 overall pick, it will be something that will make the entire experience even more sweet.
“It would be a huge honor [to be drafted No. 1 overall],” Fisher said. “I almost don’t have words for it. I don’t think I would be able to describe that feeling until after it happened. It has been my dream and my goal going through this process to be drafted as high as possible and you can’t go higher than number one.”