Last year the Kansas City Chiefs were accused of falling for the 'ol workout warrior trick. Dontari Poe crushed it at the Combine but not all the scouting reports were as high on him as a prospect as his Combine numbers would suggest. The Chiefs selected him with the 11th pick anyway, and he turned in about what was expected of him his rookie season, a good season.
Eric Fisher's story isn't quite as dramatic as that but he was a player viewed as a fast riser coming into the 2013 NFL Draft. Before the Combine in late February, Fisher was not a consensus top five pick, let alone top 10 pick. Sometime over the last couple of weeks it became apparent that Fisher likely wouldn't get out of the top five, and probably not even the top three.
So how do you go from someone who is viewed as a mid-to-late first round prospect in February, not play any games, and then emerge as the top pick in the draft in April?
Andy Reid said on Thursday night, after the Chiefs turned in their card, that Fisher was "right up there" on the Chiefs board before the Combine. This seems like a situation where the media was off on their projections early on. "The board moves, but he was up there pretty high," Reid said.
"I went down [to the Combine] as a pure business trip," Fisher said, "I wasn't playing different than I was at any other time. It was more of a mindset that I'm here to take care of business and thisis all business for me, I'm going to come out on top when I leave this place."
Dorsey said Fisher's game tape, the Combine, and workouts were all part of one big process but that Fisher's individual workout was one of the best he's seen in recent years.
"How he played during the fall is one way, how he, in the process, how he played in the Senior Bowl was another, and how he also performed in his individual workout. I thought he had an exceptional individual workout, asgood of an individual workout that I have seen in a couple years here from an offensive lineman."
I hope they got this one right.