NFL Draft: Chiefs select Eric Fisher with No. 1 pick

By Evan Hilbert |

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After soaring up draft boards the last couple of months, former Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher was taken by the Chiefs with the No. 1 overall pick in the first round of the NFL Draft Thursday in New York City.

All along, it was thought that Texas A&M tackle Luke Joeckel would be the No. 1 pick, but in the past 48 hours, the trend of making Fisher No. 1 swung many a mock draft. Now, it's resulted in the first MAC player to be drafted No. 1 in the NFL Draft.

Fisher (6-8, 305) wowed scouts with his athleticism in pre-draft workouts, though his play on the field was nothing to scoff at. His alma mater isn't quite as sexy as that of fellow offensive tackles Joeckel or Lane Johnson (Oklahoma), but Fisher was still one of the nation's best at his position, earning third team All-American honors from the Associated Press.

There is some concern with regards to Fisher's strength, mainly because he didn't often face NFL-caliber pass-rushers while at Central Michigan. Fisher struggled in Senior Bowl practices against big, physical bull-rushers that could get in his pads and push him back, but clearly the Chiefs didn't see that as a major concern.

Still, Fisher has added "good weight" since entering college at just 230 pounds, and his athleticism, technique, and agility figure to serve him well at any o-line position in the NFL.

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