Chiefs Select OT Eric Fisher With First Pick from The Mothership
With the first pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Kansas City Chiefs selected LT Eric Fisher from Central Michigan.
Chiefs general manager John Dorsey and head coach Andy Reid both agreed that Eric Fisher was the "best player available" and proved it by making him the first offensive lineman since Jake Long (2008) to be selected with the league's top pick.
Fisher has admitted all along that his goal was to be taken as high as possible and just minutes ago, that mission was accomplished.
The Chiefs chiseled a new face into Kansas City professional football history Thursday night, using the first No. 1 overall NFL Draft pick in their 50-plus years to select left tackle Eric Fisher of Central Michigan.
With red-clad fans in the crowd and "Kansas City Here I Come" pumping through the Radio City Music Hall loudspeakers, Fisher strolled out, blinked into the bright stage lights and bear-hugged NFL commissioner Roger Goodell before accepting a Chiefs cap and jersey.
Eric Fisher is as big as a giant and looks a bit like a bouncer at a rough bar. That's part of what the Chiefs liked about him. He plays football like an ornery cuss, with a nasty streak and the kind of factory-worker style that old-timers sometimes say doesn't exist anymore.
That's part of why the Chiefs made Fisher, a left tackle from Central Michigan, the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft on Thursday night, and it's part of why people sometimes get the wrong idea about him. He's a 6-foot-7, 305-pound sweetheart who puts pass rushers in the dirt because he wants to make his mother proud.
Chiefs Fans Like The Fisher Pick from KC Star
There may have been an element of mystery to the overall first pick in the NFL Draft - the Chiefs never tipped their hand - but by the time Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher was selected, fans kind of knew.
Mitch Holthus, the Chiefs' radio play-by-play announcer and master of ceremonies for the team's draft party, was reporting the Twitter messages and rumors some 30 minutes before the coverage. The day's lean had been toward Fisher instead of Texas A&M's Luke Joeckel, so when the call was made, the 4,000 or so who filled the team's practice facility cheered the selection they mostly had expected.
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Chiefs reflect On Their NFL Draft Experience from The Mothership
Ryan Succop- (2009 NFL Draft, seventh round, 256th overall - South Carolina)
Describe Draft Day:
"Obviously that's an exciting day and being a place kicker, you don't know; a lot of teams show interest in you, but you really don't know whether or not you're going to be drafted because a lot of times it is just tough to be drafted as a kicker. Draft day was an exciting time. I worked out for six or seven teams probably; I thought I had a decent shot at being drafted but wasn't sure and as the day progressed a couple of teams (that) I thought were going to pick me didn't and then when everything went on and we got into the seventh round, I knew Kansas City was a team that was interested and I knew they had the last pick and so it was kind of neat how that whole thing worked out being 'Mr. Irrelevant'. It was an exciting time."
Chiefs Make Eric Fisher Top Pick from The Associated Press via ESPN
The crowd didn't seem to care that early on the picks were all heifers, not hoofers. No Andrew Lucks or RG IIIs at the top of this crop.
"What you're getting is a very athletic player, a great kid, smart kid, engineering major," Reid said of Fisher, who really began to draw attention with a strong Senior Bowl, showing he could handle the highest level of competition. "He can play any position along the line, and loves to play the game."
Joeckel didn't seem any less thrilled to go No. 2.
What he brings to the team: Immediately, Fisher gives Andy Reid the kind of athletic, nasty tackle he always preferred in his years with the Philadelphia Eagles. The pick allows the Chiefs to either trade Branden Albert, or move him to right tackle, and sets their balanced offense up very well.
Was it the right pick? Without question. Backside protection is going to be an issue for the Chiefs as Albert has expressed his displeasure with his current situaiton. Fisher is the best overall player in this draft class, and he's still got a chip on his shoulder from the days when he was ignored by the Big 10 when he was a high-school recruit.
Fisher Pick Has Reid, Chiefs Ready To Tackle 2013 Season from USA Today
In the 3 1/2 months since his 14-year tenure with the Philadelphia Eagles ended, Reid has worked to reinvent his career through a partnership with an old friend, general manager John Dorsey, splashy moves like a trade for quarterback Alex Smith and a new contract for star wide receiver Dwayne Bowe, and now, drafting Fisher.
Reid wants the Chiefs to play with fury and "light 'em up" on the scoreboard, he told USA TODAY Sports on the eve of the draft. Fisher, he said Thursday, fits that vision.
With the Dolphins not drafting a tackle in the first round to replace Jake Long, their interest in trading for Albert could increase, meaning the Chiefs wouldn't be stuck with a player who carries a $9.8 million franchise tag and who plays the same position as Fisher.
Chiefs general manager John Dorsey previously said the team would not let Albert's status deter it from taking the best player on its board Thursday night.
The Chiefs, looking to become a contender under new head coach Andy Reid and GM John Dorsey after a 2-14 season, made their first splash this offseason by trading for 49er QB Alex Smith. Now they have protected the pure pocket passer with a superb athlete in the 6-7, 306-pound Fisher. If he is a bit raw, he is also nasty.
Some may have questioned his dominance against mid-major competition until he started tossing around defensive ends at the Senior Bowl. A former high school QB and hoop star, he's very athletic with quick feet, which probably pushed him ahead of Joeckel on the Chiefs' draft board.
Report: Joeckel Informed He Won't Go To Kansas City from The National Football Post
Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel has been informed that the Chiefs plan to use the first pick in the draft on Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher.
Rochester native and former Stoney Creek High School star Eric Fisher was picked by the Kansas City Chiefs with the first selection in the 2013 NFL Draft.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell made the announcement before a packed house at Radio City Music Hall in New York City as time expired in the Chiefs' window to make the top selection.
Eric Fisher, Central Michigan OT, Selected No. 1 By Kansas City Chiefs: NFL Draft 2013 from The Cleveland Plain Dealer
The Kansas City Chiefs have selected Central Michigan left offensive tackle Eric Fisher with the first pick in the NFL draft.
Thus, it's the Mid-American Conference, which includes local members Kent State and Akron, which gets the honor of having the first player picked. Fisher becomes the first MAC player ever taken with the No. 1 pick.
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His mom, who has never fallen short of giving him full support, could not hold back the tears when she heard her son's name called.
"I think I saw some tears there," Fisher said. "I knew she was probably going to cry, but she's been my biggest supporter for everything in my life. She's been behind me in everything I wanted to do in life and sacrificed so much to help me get here. She's worked for 33 years, so hopefully she'll retire now."
Fisher said he cannot wait to be able to help her out and return the favor.
Kevin Haskin: Chiefs Play It Safe, Pick Tackle from The Topeka Capital-Journal
As soon as the Kansas City Chiefs locked up the first overall pick in the NFL draft, the development prompted a collective groan.
No quarterback a pig's throw close to Andrew Luck, or any other passer who ever merited top-line consideration, was turning pro in 2013.
Worse yet, there was apparently no certifiable impact player worth drafting at No. 1. No rush specialist, no cover corner, no game-breaking wideout, no shifty rusher.
So the groan was repeated on Thursday.
NFL Drat: Pick-By-Pick Analysis from The Orlando Sentinel
Kansas City Chiefs: OT Eric Fisher, Central Michigan -- His length, power and impressive athleticism caught the eye of scouts at the Senior Bowl, and he was just as good in interviews and workouts in the months that followed. A better athlete than Texas A&M junior Luke Joeckel and the ideal fit in Andy Reid's West Coast offensive system.
2013 NFL Draft: Reid Sticks Close To His Heart With Fisher Pick from CBS Sports
Fisher's selection is a telling departure in an annual event that celebrated a quarterback taken first in 10 of the previous 12 drafts. Fisher, although a big name in his own right, especially at 6-foot-7 1/4, 306 pounds, becomes the poster boy for a draft that offers more talent, or value, on the offensive and defensive lines than the more high profile "skill" positions of quarterback, running back or wide receiver.
That was evident in the fact the Chiefs' final decision for the No. 1 pick was between Fisher and Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel, two of at least four offensive tackles expected to go high in the first round.
Eric Fisher To Protect Chiefs QB Smith, One Side Or The Other from Central Michigan Life
Nobody could be happier with Kansas City drafting Eric Fisher than newly acquired quarterback Alex Smith.
The Chiefs could possibly have both tackle positions solidified heading into training camp, depending on what happens with current left tackle Branden Albert.
Kansas City placed the franchise tag on Albert earlier this off-season, but he is still searching for a new contract, and it appears the Chiefs are willing to trade him.
"Stunned," said football coach Jeff Allor who coached Eric Fisher at Stoney Creek High School, reacting to the news of Fisher's No.1 overall pick to the Kansas City Chiefs.
Allor, of Rochester, coached Eric Fisher during his 7-year position as head coach of Stoney Creek High School's varsity football team. Allor, teammates and friends of Fisher's gathered at Buffalo Wild Wings in Rochester to watch the draft pick Thursday evening.
In the high school class of 2009, Rivals.com ranked 95 offensive tackles. Eric Fisher wasn't one of them.
On Thursday night, he was the first overall selection of the NFL draft, by the Kansas City Chiefs.
Fisher was a two-star, unranked recruit. He was a skinny offensive tackle (Rivals listed him at 260 pounds, but Fisher said he was 230) who had scholarship offers from Central Michigan and Eastern Michigan, and that's it. He said at the combine he talked to Michigan State and Purdue about walking on and "neither of them really wanted anything to do with me."
"This is what America is all about," said ESPN analyst and Super Bowl winning coach Jon Gruden folowing the announcement by Roger Goodell. "A kid that comes from nowhere to the No. 1 pick in the National Football League draft, this is a great night for me. I love seeing things like this."
Luke Joeckel of Texas A&M was the presumed favorite to go No. 1 overall after paving the way for Johnny Manziel. However, Fisher's athleticism and potential propelled him to the No. 1 overall choice, despite coming from the Mid-American Conference.
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In the end the Kansas City Chiefs chose the ceiling over the floor, taking Central Michigan left tackle Eric Fisher over the presumptive favorite to go No. 1 overall, Texas A&M's Luke Joeckel.
Joeckel, also a left tackle, was the far safer pick and ended up going No. 2 to Jacksonville. Fisher's advantage in athleticism, however, was enough to convince new Chiefs coach Andy Reid and his hand-picked general manager, John Dorsey, that the CMU star was the best option.
NFL Draft 2013: Eric Fisher Goes First Overall As Offensive Tackles Dominate Early Picks from The Washington Post
In the final 24 hours before the draft, however, it became increasingly clear that Kansas City's new brain trust of General Manager John Dorsey and Coach Andy Reid preferred Fisher. Some draft observers had expressed wariness about the lack of top-notch college competition faced by Fisher, but he was considered a gifted athlete with a bit of an on-field streak of nastiness and considerable NFL promise. The Chiefs also appeared to believe that Fisher was a better fit for Reid's offensive system.
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Is it a good pick? Hard to know, but Fisher did play well against Big Ten teams such as Michigan State and Iowa. And Fisher more than held his own in the Senior Bowl practices against top competition. The Chiefs are rebuilding; they have a number of needs, and Fisher -- in their minds -- is the best of the bunch. This team scored 13.2 points per game last season. Ineptitude doesn't describe the depths of their offensive woes a year ago. Every little bit helps.
Andy Reid and his Hawaiian shirt have done pretty well drafting offensive linemen, and if he can turn Todd Herremans (Saginaw Valley State) into a standout, then Fisher should be just fine.
Chippewa Fans Rock O'Kelly's As Eric Fisher Picked No. 1 from The Morning Sun
Clad in maroon and gold, crowds of Central Michigan University fans cheered loudly from O'Kelly's Thursday night as Eric Fisher was selected as the Kansas City Chiefs' No. 1 overall pick in the National Football League Draft.
Loud chants of "Er-ic, Fish-er! Er-ic Fish-er!" echoed off the bar's walls, and fans joyously yelled each time Fisher appeared on ESPN.
N.F.L. Draft: How Good Are Teams At Picking The Best? from The New York Times
When the Kansas City Chiefs make the first pick in the N.F.L. draft on Thursday night, that player is likely to give them what they are after: seasons as a starter and, if things go well, a handful of Pro Bowls. With notable exceptions, the first overall pick has, on average, proved to be the most productive player in the class.
Dolphins Trade Up To Take Pass Rusher Dion Jordan from Ocala.com
Trade talks cooled Thursday between the Dolphins and the Kansas City Chiefs, who have been shopping veteran tackle Branden Albert.
"We're nowhere on that thing right now," Ireland said.
Tackle will remain a priority Friday, when Miami still has one pick in the second round and two in the third.
After several minutes of intense negotiations, Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid agreed to trade the team's No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft for a bite of a bacon double cheeseburger, repeatedly insisting that the offer was too juicy and dripping with melted cheddar to refuse. "Sure, Texas A&M left tackle Luke Joeckel might provide excellent quarterback protection for the next 10 years, but this bacon double cheeseburger is just massive and loaded with succulent charbroiled beef patties," said Reid, who was also impressed by the sandwich's four strips of crispy bacon.
Fisher's Meteoric Rise from EuroSport Australia
Rejected by the major footballing colleges, he went to Central Michigan and used his snub as motivation.
"I had a chip on my shoulder," he said. "I'm just a very competitive person."
The Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, who was an offensive lineman when he was at college, saw something in Fisher that he liked, picking him primarily to protect new quarterback Alex Smith, who was traded from San Francisco.
As the number one pick, Fisher is likely to earn in excess of $20 million for his four seasons and has promised his mother, who he said had worked tirelessly to get him through college, a new life.
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As I spoke to league sources in the past few days and asked them what would make the difference for Central Michigan's Eric Fisher over Texas A&M's Luke Joeckel in Kansas City at No. 1, I kept hearing the same phrase: nasty. Fisher has some nasty in his blocking and his playing style, and Kansas City didn't see quite so much of that in Joeckel. That scrappiness on Fisher's part is what apparently separated the two elite tackles, prompting the Chiefs to lean toward the player who was less celebrated and played in the smaller Mid-American Conference.
Chiefs Make Right Choice With Fisher from ESPN
Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid has to like his offseason so far. He found the quarterback he needed for next season in a trade for Alex Smith. He kept the wide receiver (Dwayne Bowe) that was his team's best pass-catcher, and he improved his secondary with savvy free-agent acquisitions (Sean Smith, Dunta Robinson). Now comes the decision the whole football world had been waiting to see: The Chiefs made the right move in drafting Central Michigan left tackle Eric Fisher with the first overall pick in the NFL draft.
Now Chiefs Must Decide: What To Do With Branden Albert from USAToday
The bleachers at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile would be nearly empty after each Senior Bowl practice last January, except for the group huddled near the top.
It was the contingent from Kansas City. New head coach Andy Reid. New general manager John Dorsey. Position coaches. Scouts. Together, pouring over their notebooks from each practice session.
It was a deliberate process, repeated over and over throughout the week, and not replicated - at least not there, in the stadium - by any other teams.
Chiefs, Fins To Talk Branden Albert from ESPN
The Kansas City Chiefs intend to resume trade talks with Miami on Friday that could ultimately send franchise left tackle Branden Albert to the Dolphins.
The two sides had been discussing a potential trade that would give the Chiefs a second-round pick, but shelved the talks while the first round of the draft was going on Thursday night.
Chiefs general manager John Dorsey said he spoke with Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland midway through the first round and they agreed to speak again Friday, before the second and third rounds.