By Eric Schmidt

For the first time in franchise history, the Kansas City Chiefs held the first round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. The Chiefs are expected to ship OT Branden Albert out of town via trade and the team has used the first overall selection to pick Central Michigan tackle Eric Fisher. Kansas City laid out a smokescreen in recent weeks by working out West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith.

Fisher’s stock was really rising in recent weeks as many pundits thought that Texas A&M’s Luke Joeckel would be the first overall selection.

A breakdown of Fisher’s strengths and weaknesses according to

STRENGTHS: Balanced athlete. Nimble feet and plays with excellent coordination and length for a 6-7, 305-pound blocker. Fisher is a smooth mover in any direction and does a nice job breaking down in space to handle speed rushers, showing the eye discipline to mirror defenders. He has added “good” weight the past few years and players with a strong frame and core.

Fisher is a fiery competitor and plays with more pop than expected, delivering power in the run game. But he looks comfortable in pass protection and has worked hard to improve his technique and instincts at the position. Proved more than capable of handling the “jump” in competition in Mobile, establishing himself as the elite prospect at any position to play in the 2013 Senior Bowl.

WEAKNESSES: Lacks elite upper- and lower-body strength. When he was beaten during Senior Bowl practices it was normally by bull rushers able to get into his pads and drive him backward. Naturally because of his height, Fisher will allow his pads to rise at times and can be walked backwards because he doesn’t have a stout anchor. Didn’t face many NFL-caliber pass rushers while at Central Michigan.

Compares to: Nate Solder, OT, New England Patriots — Like Solder, Fisher’s height can make him vulnerable to undersized power rushers. His length, power and impressive athleticism, however, certainly suggest that Pro Bowls could be in his future as a prototypical blind-side pass protector in today’s NFL.




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