When the Kansas City Chiefs made Eric Fisher the number one overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, it completed a long process of Fisher proving people wrong who never gave him a chance. Of all the rankings, all the ratings, and all the lists Fisher has been on throughout his career, he was never number one. But now he is on the only list that matters.
Coming out of high school, Fisher was just another lowly two-star recruit who wasn’t even among the top 100 players at his position (which at that time was offensive guard, not tackle). Despite growing up in the state of Michigan, no one in the Big Ten Conference offered him a scholarship, depriving him of the chance to play BCS level college football. Instead, Fisher had to settle for playing at Central Michigan.
Despite the snub from major college football and all the recruiting services, Fisher grew into a dominant offensive tackle. By the end of his college career, his name was mentioned among the other offensive tackles in a deep class at that position. But coming out of Central Michigan, it was tough for Fisher to compare with players like Luke Joeckel of Texas A&M, who came out of the mighty SEC, and Lane Johnson of Oklahoma, a classic big body up front out of the Big 12. Until right before the draft, few had Fisher at the top of the draft board. Even with stiff competition, Fisher found a way to convince the Chiefs to make him the top overall pick in this year’s draft.
Not only is this a great accomplishment for Fisher, but it’s yet another strike against those recruiting services that gave him a two-star rating years ago. It’s also a strike at all those mock drafts that put Joeckel and Johnson ahead of him because they played for bigger schools in more prominent conferences. It just goes to show, you really never know which player is going to emerge as the best. Congratulations to Fisher for finally being at the top of the list.
Bryan Zarpentine is a New York Mets writer at RantSports.com. He also writes frequently about the NFL, College Football, College Basketball, and International Soccer. Follow him on twitter @BZarp and add him to your network on Google+.