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History Awaits CMU’s Fisher on Thursday Night at 2013 NFL Draft
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – The eyes of the professional football world will turn to famed Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Thursday night for the 2013 NFL Draft and taking center stage for the event will be Central Michigan’s Eric Fisher. The All-American offensive tackle is poised to make history by becoming the highest NFL draft pick ever from CMU and the Mid-American Conference.

Fans are invited to attend an NFL Draft Viewing Party at O’Kelly’s Sports Bar & Grille on Thursday beginning at 5 p.m. Food and drink specials will be offered throughout the event. All fans in attendance will be entered in a raffle to win memorabilia from Chippewas in the NFL. No reservations are necessary. The first round of the 2013 NFL Draft is scheduled to get underway at 8 p.m.

If you can't make it to O’Kelly’s, the 2013 NFL Draft will be televised by ESPN and the NFL Network. NFL.com will also offer a live stream of the event online. In addition, fans can follow Eric Fisher’s draft experience on CMUChippewas.com, which will feature comprehensive, behind-the-scenes, exclusive coverage leading up to and during the draft.

Fisher will be at Radio City Music Hall for the draft; one of only 23 players nationwide to accept an invitation to attend the event. When his name is called, Fisher will follow tradition by taking the stage, donning his new team’s hat, and posing for a photo with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Lightly recruited out of Stoney Creek High School in Rochester Hills, Mich., Fisher arrived at CMU as a 6-8, 250 lb. fledgling offensive linemen and left as one of the nation’s top players at any position. During his Chippewa career, he was a part of a MAC Championship, won two bowl games, and earned All-MAC and All-America honors.

In his senior season, Fisher was a mainstay up front for CMU, 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 ranked in the top 20 nationally.

Fisher began to gain national notoriety during the 2012 campaign for his dominating performances against Big Ten foes Michigan State and Iowa. Momentum continued to pick up when the spotlight shined on him and his Chippewa teammates at the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, as CMU defeated Western Kentucky in front of a national television audience on ESPN.

From there, Fisher’s rise to the top of draft boards has been meteoric. Excellent showings at the Senior Bowl, the NFL Scouting Combine, and CMU Pro Day, at which he impressed scouts and personnel directors with his athleticism and attitude, solidified his lofty status as one of the nation’s elite players and a near-consensus top five pick. Draft projections as far back as late February have Fisher being selected as high as No. 1 overall to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Also owning top 10 first round selections following the Chiefs in succession are the Jacksonville Jaguars, Oakland Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles, Detroit Lions, Cleveland Browns, Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, New York Jets, and Tennessee Titans.

Super Bowl XLVII participant and All-Pro offensive lineman Joe Staley, with whom Fisher is routinely compared, 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.


To date, the highest a Mid-American Conference player has ever been selected overall in the NFL Draft is No. 7. Marshall quarterback Byron Leftwich established that standard in 2003 when he was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars. Among current members of the MAC, Miami (Ohio) quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (2004, Pittsburgh Steelers) and Toledo defensive tackle Dan Williams (1993, Denver Broncos) went the highest, both at No. 11.

The 2013 NFL Draft will continue on Friday, April 26 (6:30 p.m) with rounds 2-3. The draft will conclude on Saturday, April 27 when rounds 4-7 are held (12 p.m.). CMU safety Jahleel Addae, offensive lineman Darren Keyton, and wide receiver Cody Wilson are also receiving mention as potential draft selections.
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