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Former Central Michigan OT Eric Fisher is shooting up the NFL Draft boards

Posted Jan 23, 2013

The 6-foot-7, 305-pound left tackle has been one of the most impressive players through the first three practices of the week and he has analysts and scouts buzzing.

Eric Fisher

Mobile, Ala. -- Eric Fisher came to the Senior Bowl with a chip on his shoulder.

The Central Michigan tackle wanted to prove that a kid from a small conference, who wasn’t heavily recruited out of high school, can hold his own against some of the best college talent in April’s NFL Draft.

“Yeah I have a chip on my shoulder,” Fisher admitted after the North squad’s practice Wednesday. “I’m coming out of a MAC school and not a lot of people give MAC school’s credit. I’m down here to prove that we’re just as good as everyone else.”

Fisher hasn’t just held his own this week -- he’s dominated.

The 6-foot-7, 305-pound left tackle has been one of the most impressive players through the first three practices of the week and he has analysts and scouts buzzing.

Thought to be the second best tackle available in the draft after Texas A&M junior Luke Joeckel before this week began, some now think that gap isn’t as big.

Fisher said it’s his goal to be the first tackle taken in the draft.

“I always want to be the best in everything I do. I’m a very competitive person,” he said. “I wasn’t very highly recruited out of high school at all, so I’m down here to show everybody that I’m one of the best tackles in the nation.”

Fisher was 6-foot-7, 230 pounds coming out of Rochester Stoney Creek High School in 2009, which is undersized for most big college tackle prospects. Most big-conference schools like their tackles to be closer to 275 pounds, or above, with room to grow more coming.

“I was kind of lanky and took a while to grow into my body,” Fisher said. “Central wanted to take me as kind of a developmental player and it all worked out really well.”

Fisher played some right tackle and right guard as a sophomore at Central but was predominately a left tackle his entire career, which is where he projects to be in the NFL.

"He's a very big man, but to be that agile and to be that athletic at the offensive tackle position is pretty impressive," said Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen, who is coaching the North team.

Fisher has played his way into the top portion of the draft through the early portion of the evaluation process this week and could be in the conversation for the Lions at No. 5.

The Lions took tackle Riley Reiff in the first round last year, but with left tackle Jeff Backus at the end of his career, right tackle Gosder Cherilus an unrestricted free agent and reserve tackles Jason Fox and Corey Hilliard being somewhat unproven, a legitimate top left tackle prospect might not be a bad way to go for a team in need of some upgrades upfront.

It’ll also allow them to be flexible with Reiff, who can play four positions along the line.

Fisher said he’s talked with Lions' representatives while he's been in Mobile.

The Senior Bowl is an opportunity for players to showcase what they can do against some of the best talent in college. It’s an extended job interview, and so far Fisher is acing it.