Offensive tackle Eric Fisher has emerged as the likely No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.
The Central Michigan left tackle has met three times with members of the Kansas City Chiefs' management team, including at the Senior Bowl and NFL Scouting Combine. He also worked out for them privately and confidently told his mother, Heidi, to retire from Volkswagen after 33 years on the job (she hasn't yet). As the top pick in the draft, Fisher or Texas A&M's Luke Joeckel are in line for a four-year deal (with fifth-year option) worth more than $23 million.
We're expecting the unexpected in 2013 -- meaning don't write that Fisher pick in ink on your tally board, Chiefs fans -- a year in which scouts are setting up for a bevy of surprises.
In their final mock drafts, NFLDraftScout.com's Rob Rang and Dane Brugler were split on Fisher and Joeckel. One or both might prove a solid longtime starter as Jake Long did for the Dolphins after going first overall, but for relative comparison sake, consider Brugler does note Matt Kalil would be the No. 1 pick in this draft. He went fourth to Minnesota in 2012.
According to USA Today's Lindsay Jones, there are at least two other options in play for GM John Dorsey if the Chiefs sit tight at No. 1.
According to multiple reports, the Chiefs are fielding calls from teams considering trading up for the top pick.
But we've been arguing for months that Andy Reid and Dorsey wouldn't overcomplicate the Chiefs' pick, the first time in franchise history they've drafted No. 1. The preference for Dorsey, running his first draft after 20 years as a linchpin in the Packers' scouting operation, is to know what kind of hand he's holding before the lights come up tonight. That means resolving trade discussions for offensive tackle Branden Albert and finding the best available offer -- if any truly exist -- for the top pick.
If the Chiefs move down, they would still likely be in the market for an offensive tackle, but could turn their attention to defensive line, linebacker or defensive back prospects depending on how far they move down in any potential trade.
Negotiations with the Miami Dolphins, who are hopeful they can acquire franchised left tackle Albert for a second-round pick, were ongoing Thursday.