Typically, the holder of the top overall pick in the NFL draft is the source of a great deal of fanfare — and that fanfare normally centers around the quarterback position.
But for 2013, there were no high-profile quarterbacks (and no high-profile players at all, really) to get people excited. In fact, the draft for the Kansas City Chiefs essentially came down to which of two offensive linemen the team was going to draft. And no matter how great either of them were, the impact was going to be a hard sell.
However, the Chiefs did draft a great left tackle prospect in Eric Fisher. Because he’s a natural left tackle prospect, there is a small snag. Fisher will likely go into training camp as the top of the depth chart on the right side, and the left tackle will be Branden Albert. Albert was given the franchise tag this offseason to assure he’d be retained, and he then proceeded to assert that he was the starting left tackle and had no plans of moving to the right side.
But who cares? He’s an employee of the Chiefs under contract, and should be willing to do whatever it takes to help his team win. The fact of the matter is Albert is not an elite left tackle, but there’s a really good chance Fisher will be.
The focus of training camp should be to get Albert acclimated to the right side and allow Fisher to get fully up to speed on the left. The only other tackles on the roster of any importance are Donald Stephenson and Steven Baker, but the reality is they are both simply competing to see which side of the line they will be backing up.
Is it possible that the Chiefs will use their no. 1 overall pick as a right tackle to placate Albert? Possibly, but this team has made some real moves to win now, and they should put their best players in the best spots to help them win. That means Albert moves to the right side, and slotting Fisher and his athleticism plus top notch technique to anchor the left side where he belongs.
Fisher might not be a flashy pick, but once training camp rolls around, the Chiefs will get to see their future on the offensive line, and they are going to be happy with what they see.