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Central Michigan OT Eric Fisher Speaks

Posted by nickwagoner on February 21, 2013 – 9:58 PM

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- Central Michigan OT Eric Fisher has solidified himself as a top tackle in this year’s draft. He had a strong effort at the Senior Bowl and looks like a potential top 10 pick, likely taking himself out of the Rams’ range in the first round.

- Fisher spoke to the media Thursday and discussed his position and how he’s taking aim at being the best tackle in this class.

Want to go No. 1 overall?

“That would be a huge, huge honor, and obviously a dream complete and it would just open up another dream for me. But anybody who would give me the chance to play football I’d really appreciate it and I’d definitely work real hard to be successful on their team.

Pattern game after anyone?

“Joe Staley out of Central Michigan. Obviously he’s the only first-rounder out of my school and being a tackle, it’s really nice to have him to look up to and watch him play and see his progression and the things he does to beat people on the field. I just like watching him play.”

Watch film on pro guys?

“Oh yeah, I watch a lot of NFL film. I think films one of the bigger parts of the game, studying your game and studying other off linemen who have been there and done that to see how they play.

How handle pressure of top 10 pick?

“I don’t put any more pressure on myself then I did back whenever this all started happening. I just play how I know how to play. I’m confident in my abilities and what I can do.”

How much bigger can you get?

“I think potentially I could put on 10, 15 more pounds. The big thing on the offensive line, you always want to be comfortable at the weight you’re at. But at the same time you need to be at a weight that you can do your job and perform well.”

What’s your upside?

“I think I have a lot of room to improve. I definitely don’t think I’ve played my best football. I still have a lot to grow into my body. It’s really come a long way in the last year and physically, I feel a lot better cause obviously I came in, put on over 70 pounds and I took a while to develop into that but I’m finally starting to feel used to a solid 300, 310 pounds and I think I definitely have room for growth, and just looking forward to playing some more ball here.

Goal to be No 1 tackle taken?

“I’m working to be the No. 1 tackle. That’s not up to me in the end. That’s up to coaches and general managers, but that’s what I’m working for.”

What has the past year been like, rising from an unknown to top 10 pick?

“It’s just amazing watching my dream becoming reality slowly. Obviously there’s still 2 months till the draft and I’m going to do whatever I have to do to get drafted as high as possible and make my dream complete, but it’s been absolutely amazing. Just a surreal experience.”

- Fisher checked in at 6’7, 306 pounds in official measurements.


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