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Courtesy: Tim Fitzgerald/CMU Athletics
Fisher Receives Invitation to NFL Scouting Combine
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – Central Michigan senior offensive tackle Eric Fisher is one of more than 300 prospects to receive an invitation to participate in the 2013 National Football League Scouting Combine, which is scheduled for February 20-26 in Indianapolis, Ind.

For Fisher, the NFL Scouting Combine is his next step towards the professional ranks. The Rochester, Mich. native’s post-collegiate journey began in January when he wowed scouts, general managers, and coaches with his impressive performance in practices leading up to football’s premier pre-draft event, the Senior Bowl. In March, Fisher will further showcase his talents when he returns to Mount Pleasant to take part in CMU’s Pro Day.

Attended by executives, coaches, scouts and doctors from all 32 teams, the NFL Scouting Combine is a four-day job interview in advance of the NFL Draft. In addition to a battery of medical assessments, personality and intelligence tests, and personal meetings, players are put through a set of measurable drills including the 40-yard dash, bench press, vertical jump, broad jump, three cone drill, and shuttle run.

The NFL Network provides comprehensive coverage of each of the four days of the combine. Offensive linemen are scheduled to workout on day one, Saturday, Feb. 23.

On his combine player profile on NFL.com, Fisher is assigned a 91.3 rating, the sixth highest of the 333 players invited to the event. The lofty rating projects Fisher to be a first round selection, an “immediate starter,” and “an impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player.” ESPN draft experts Mel Kiper and Todd McShay, in separate projections, have Fisher being selected at No. 7 by the Arizona Cardinals.

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 SI.com (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 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.
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