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Eric Fisher, David Amerson visit Detroit Lions on Thursday

Posted Mar 28, 2013

NFL Draft prospects Eric Fisher and David Amerson were at the Detroit Lions' team facility, Thursday, for pre-draft visits

The Detroit Lions continued to visit with potential draft picks ahead of next month's NFL Draft, hosting Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher and North Carolina State cornerback David Amerson on Thursday.

Fisher (6-7, 307) is considered one of the top two tackle prospects in the draft -- along with Texas A&M's Luke Joeckel -- and could be a candidate for the Lions' No. 5-overall pick.

Fisher told Detroitlions.com Thursday that the last few months have been a bit of a blur. Last August, when Fisher was getting ready for his senior season at Central Michigan, he didn't envision he'd be in a situation where he was a top-five pick.

"I set really high goals for myself, almost unachievable goals, but this is kind of crazy and has gone way farther than I ever dreamed," he said.

Fisher said that, despite everything he's proven on the field over the last few months at Central Michigan, the Senior Bowl, the Combine and his Pro Day, he still feels like he has a chip on his shoulder.

"As a football player, I'll always have one," he said. "Now it's onto the next step and you need that chip on your shoulder or else you'll get complacent."

If the Lions were to select Fisher at No. 5 it would allow them some flexibility up front with the ability to move a versatile player like Riley Reiff to the right side to help solidify the unit.

"A team is getting a very blue-collar player and a player who likes to get down and dirty in the trenches," Fisher said of what a fan base can expect from him at the next level. "I love what comes along with the territory. I'm a very hard worker. I'm from the Detroit area, so I know all about hard work."

Like Fisher, Amerson says he's also coming into the NFL with a chip on his shoulder.

He broke the ACC record with 13 interceptions in 2011 and entered 2012 with a lot of NFL eyes on him. But he had a couple shaky games, which made some take a step back to reevaluate him.

David AmersonDB David Amerson (AP Images)

Amerson told reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis last month that his approach to the 2012 season was all wrong that he was fishing for interceptions instead of incompletions.

Amerson opened some eyes at the combine when he ran 4.44 seconds in the 40-yard dash at 6-foot-1, 205 pounds.

It's that type of size and speed that teams at this level are trending towards and what has him looking like a second-round pick.

"I think some of the coaches are wide-eyed when they see a taller and bigger corner and I think it's definitely working to my advantage," he told Detroitlions.com.

Also working to his advantage are the ball skills that earned him 13 interceptions in 2013 and the fact that he is right size to make him a candidate to also play safety in the NFL.

The Lions recently signed safety Glover Quin, who played corner his first two seasons in the NFL before becoming one of the league's best young safeties over the last two seasons.

"I feel like I can play anywhere in the secondary," Amerson said. "I think I have the versatility to do so. I really love corner but I have love for safety too from my high school days."

Amerson certainly has some of the traits the Lions are looking for at corner and the versatility to move around if needed. Players who can do more than one thing are valuable in this league.

"A team is definitely getting a player who can cause turnovers," Amerson said. "Someone who's not going to back down from anyone.

"I'm definitely coming in with something to prove and a chip on my shoulder. I love to compete and I'll never turn down competition. There are not too many things that scare me or make me nervous. I live for that stuff."