Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher was in town on Thursday for a pre-draft visit with the Detroit Lions. He is the first real big name to visit the Lions as part of their pre-draft preparations, and he is the first non-running back/wide receiver to stop by the Lions' facility in Allen Park.
Fisher is one of the favorites to be the No. 5 overall pick of the 2013 NFL Draft. Before the Senior Bowl, most people viewed Fisher as a first-rounder, but not necessarily a threat to be a top-five pick. After delivering an outstanding performance, however, Fisher's stock went up quite a bit, and his momentum hasn't slowed down.
It's entirely possible the Lions won't even get a chance to draft Fisher next month. He could be taken first overall, and if not, he could still go in the top four. If he does fall to No. 5, it would be pretty surprising if the Lions pass on Fisher, especially with Jeff Backus retiring. The Lions would be able to plug Fisher in at left tackle and have Riley Reiff start at right guard or right tackle.
To say the least, adding Fisher would go a long way in improving the Lions' offensive line, both in 2013 and beyond. It remains to be seen if the Lions will get a chance to take him, but Thursday's visit is merely the latest sign that they are interested in him.