Typically, you expect the No. 1 overall pick to be a dynamic talent from the get-go. For Kansas City Chiefs offensive tackle Eric Fisher, that hasn’t exactly been the case.
Since taking over as the Chiefs’ starter at right tackle, Fisher has been little more than a disappointment.
Seeing all but one snap for the Chiefs, the Central Michigan product has earned a -6.7 overall rating on the Pro Football Focus system – the fifth-worst rating of any offensive tackle in the NFL. He’s given up seven hurries, one hit and two sacks on the year, earning him a -3.5 pass blocking rating. Despite being touted as a phenomenal run blocker in college, his -3.7 run blocking rating isn’t helping the Chiefs either.
To top it all off, Fisher has been flagged three times, including two holding penalties against the Philadelphia Eagles last Thursday.
So what’s wrong with April’s top pick?
According to a Fox Sports source, Fishers’ biggest issue has been making the mental adjustment from left tackle to right tackle. While the blindside is considered the tougher side to play on, the two spots are completely different in terms of assignments, technique and adjustments. That switch is what the Chiefs believe is giving Fisher fits.
The problem could also be that Fisher simply isn’t used to playing against the speed and size that NFL defensive linemen possess. Hailing from small school Central Michigan, Fisher played largely against below-average talent during his college career. Making the jump from that level of competition to NFL competition simply can’t be easy.
Fisher is a smart guy, so there’s plenty of reason to believe that he’ll get it together in the not-so-distant future. For now, though, the mental errors will continue to plague his rookie season.