Andy Reid enjoyed possessing one of the NFL‘s elite left tackles in Philly with Jason Peters, and saw how much rougher life is without that elite left tackle last year. The new Kansas City Chiefs coach found his next franchise offensive tackle in selecting Eric Fisher out of Central Michigan with the first overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Fisher becomes the first MAC player to go No. 1 in the NFL draft, and just the first prospect from a non-BCS conference school to be selected in the top 10 since Alex Smith was drafted No. 1 out of Utah in 2005.
Speaking of Smith, he is now the ostensible starter for the Chiefs in 2013 and, like Reid, also has plenty of experience with elite left tackles. Smith played behind Central Michigan alum Joe Staley with the San Francisco 49ers, who was taken in the first round back in the 2007 draft. It is assumed current Chiefs left tackle Branden Albert will be dealt to the Miami Dolphins or, far less likely, bumped over to right tackle while being paid the franchise tender.
Fisher stands at 6-7, just over 300-pounds and possesses the highly sought-after elite combination of size, agility and length at the left tackle position. His ability to keep up with speed rushers and his savvy with both pulling and hitting the second level helped fuel his rise up draft boards. Some do wonder how well he can do in drive-blocking right out of the gate, but overall expectations have him among the league’s best blindside protectors in the near future.
For more information on Eric Fisher check out his 2013 NFL Draft Profile here!