History could be made Thursday night at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, as Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher could become the highest ever player from the Mid-American Conference selected in the NFL Draft. Take a look at mock drafts and you'll find Fisher anywhere from the No. 1 selection to selections within the Top Five or Ten picks.
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The previous highest player from the MAC was Marshall quarterback Byron Leftwich, who was selected No. 7 overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2003 NFL Draft. The last player from Central Michigan selected in the first round was offensive tackle Joe Staley (No. 28 overall) by the San Francisco 49ers. Staley last season was a part of the NFC Champion 49ers, started at left tackle in the Super Bowl and was selected to the Pro Bowl.
Eric Fisher was a mainstay up front starting all 13 games at left tackle last season for Central Michigan. He anchored a line that helped the Chippewas offense average 6.2 yards per play, second best in the MAC, and produce nearly 400 yards of offense per game. Central Michigan allowed just 18 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. Widely considered as the top senior left tackle in the nation, Fisher was also selected to the inaugural Senior Bowl All-Futures Team, an honor presented to the nation’s top seniors based on their college careers and NFL future.
MAC First-Round NFL Draft Selection History
2011, DT Muhammad Wilkerson, Temple, NY Jets (30)
2009, DE Larry English, Northern Illinois, San Diego (16)
2007, OT Joe Staley, Central Michigan, San Francisco (28)
2004, QB Ben Roethlisberger, Miami, Pittsburgh (11)
2004, DE Jason Babin, Western Michigan, Houston (27)
2003, QB Byron Leftwich, Marshall, Jacksonville (7)
2000, QB Chad Pennington, Marshall, NY Jets (18)
1999, OT L.J. Shelton, Eastern Michigan, Arizona (21)
1998, WR Randy Moss, Marshall, Minnesota (21)
1993, DE Dan Williams, Toledo, Denver (11)
1978, DB Ron Johnson, Eastern Michigan, Pittsburgh (22)
1969, LB Bob Babich, Miami, San Diego (18)
1961, B Bernie Casey, Bowling Green, San Francisco (9)