I was kind of surprised when the Kansas City Chiefs decided to go with Eric Fisher with the No. 1 pick in last month’s NFL Draft. I was expecting that the Chiefs would go with Luke Joeckel instead just because he played against better competition. The drafting of Fisher to go with Branden Albert on the offensive line was the right move to make because of a few factors.
I really think that Albert wouldn’t be on the Chiefs if they took Joeckel. It became apparent that Joeckel would be a left tackle from day one for whatever team took him. The addition of Fisher in Kansas City allows the team to have solid bookends on their offensive line this season, and they can move Fisher over to the left side after Albert leaves. The Chiefs were an awful team passing the football last season. While Jamaal Charles can really run with it, the move was made to protect new quarterback Alex Smith.
We will learn within the next three years whether the Chiefs made the right move in passing up Joeckel to select Fisher. I have to believe that Kansas City will win more than just two games in 2013 after making this pick, and I could see this team winning at least five games this coming season. I know that a single offensive lineman doesn’t make a team three wins better, but the other pieces that were added do make a big difference. Kansas City will have Fisher anchored at tackle for the next decade, and they may be on their way back up in the AFC West.