2013 NFL Draft: Kansas City Chiefs Chooses Eric Fisher Over Luke Joeckel

By Curt Popejoy
Eric Fisher
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The 2013 NFL Draft is in full swing, and the first surprise of the round came with the first overall pick. The Kansas City Chiefs have been on the clock for months and all their work and research culminated with them selecting Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher with the #1 overall pick.

If there was a tipping point that put Fisher ahead of fellow offensive tackle Luke Joeckel from Texas A&M, it was likely the Senior Bowl.

Joeckel only a junior wasn’t eligible to compete as an underclassman, and that gave Fisher the opportunity to have a week to shine up close and personal in front of all 32 NFLteams during practice. This gave Fisher, who didn’t have a tremendous amount of film against great players, a definite leg up in the eyes of at least one NFL franchise.

My take — Great pick. I had and still have Joeckel rated higher than Fisher, but where Joeckel is a 98, Fisher is a 95.5, so it isn’t like the difference is drastic. I give the nod to the player with the better body of work, but I think both will be great players for a long time.

The real game now is what do the Chiefs do with fellow offensive tackle Branden Albert? He’s stated he will not move to right tackle, so did the Chiefs just draft their starting right tackle No. 1 overall? My guess is yes, unless the Chiefs can work a trade at some point during the draft. If not, the Chiefs will have excellent bookends for at least one season.

Curt covers the Pittsburgh Steelers, the NFL draft, and college football for Rant Sports. Connect with Curt on Twitter @nfldraftboard.

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