Central Michigan left tackle Eric Fisher moved up many NFL Draft pundits’ boards to the No. 1 overall pick, which the Chiefs will use Thursday night shortly after 7.
With it looking more likely the Chiefs will take the 6-foot-7, 306-pound Fisher instead of Texas A left tackle Luke Joeckel, here are some excerpts from an interview with Fisher at the NFL Scouting Combine.
•What has the past year been like, rising from an unknown to perhaps the top pick in the draft?
“It’s just amazing watching my dream becoming reality slowly. 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.”
•Why weren’t you recruited more heavily in HS?
“In high school I was a 230-pound offensive tackle. I didn’t really go around the country selling myself to every college team out there, and Eastern Michigan and Central Michigan were my only two offers, and went with Central Michigan and never looked back. I love the program and atmosphere when I was being recruited, loved the coaching staff at the time and like I said, never looked back and I’m very happy with my time there.”
•How beneficial was hour performance at the Senior Bowl against top competition?
“Yeah, I thought the Senior Bowl was absolutely huge for me. I knew what I had to do to impress a lot of people and cancel all the doubt in people’s minds at the senior bowl so I went down there with a little chip on my shoulder on a mission to prove to a lot of people who Eric Fisher is and what he’s made of.”
•Can you play right tackle?
“Yeah, I think I’m a very versatile offensive lineman. I’ll play anywhere on the offensive line. I love the territory, I love playing in the trenches and doing my job.”
•How much do you communicate with Joe Staley, a first-round pick from Central Michigan in 2007 who is a two-time Pro Bowler with the 49ers?
“Yeah, me and Joe have been in touch. It’s great having a role model like him. I remember being recruited and seeing his picture up on the wall as a first-round tackle, and he was a tight end when he started out so I kind of came in a tight end, and he showed me that it was possible.
“He’s gotten in touch with me recently and it’s great having somebody like that to look up to and be able to talk to about what to expect from the Senior Bowl to the combine to pro day and then to the draft. It’s great keeping in touch with him.”
•What are your strengths as a player?
“I like to consider myself as an overall rounded offensive lineman. I don’t like to have certain strengths. I don’t want to be dominant in the run game but slack in the pass game. I like to be well rounded, not let the quarterback get touched and get rushing yards.”
•How did playing high school basketball help with your footwork?
“I thought being a basketball player in high school was huge. There’s a lot of similarities between basketball and offensive line as far as the lateral movement, so I think that really prepared me for college.”
•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.”