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NFL Draft grades 2013: KC Chiefs draw solid marks for Eric Fisher pick

The first round of the 2013 NFL Draft is complete which means it's time to over-analyze the picks before they've set foot on the field. Yes, it's NFL Draft grades time.


You can't grade a draft class until after three years, blah, blah...

We all know. It's too early to be grading the 2013 NFL Draft picks. Whatever. We're gonna do it anyway.

The KC Chiefs selected Central Michigan's Eric Fisher with the No. 1 overall pick. That it was the top pick, and arguably the best player available, would lend you to believe the Chiefs would receive A's across the board. But that's not how it worked. Most people seem to be fine with the Chiefs selection but they're not receiving straight A's.

Here are what a few of the NFL Draft folks are saying about the Chiefs pick:

SB Nation (B+): When it came down to Fisher versus Joeckel, the Central Michigan product is just a better fit for the Chiefs. Fisher's ascent to the top of the NFL Draft really began at the Senior Bowl. There he turned heads as an athletic left tackle with good functional strength. What I like about Fisher is his attitude. He excels at finishing off blocks and dominating at the point. He's going to be a franchise left tackle for the Chiefs. That alone makes it a good pick.

CBS Sports (B): They get the best left tackle in this draft and fill a position of need for the next decade.

Rob Rang (B): A smooth pass-protector and a more physical run-blocker than Texas A&M's Luke Joeckel, Fisher provides the Chiefs with a physical presence and insurance in case the club elects to trade franchised left tackle Branden Albert. (A): Fisher is strong (and getting stronger) in the run game and brings to the table enough pass-protection prowess to keep Alex Smith upright in Andy Reid's West Coast scheme. Plus, it's worth mentioning that Smith's two best statistical years, 2011 and pre-injury 2012, came with Joe Staley, an average pass blocker, protecting his blindside. The Chiefs can drop Fisher in at left tackle and turn their full focus to remaking the rest of the team to fit Reid and GM John Dorsey's vision. Fisher has all the tools to live up to his No. 1 pick.

We asked after the Fisher selection whether you agreed with the pick. A large majority did.


Now it's your turn to be a teacher. Assign a grade to the Chiefs No. 1 pick.

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