First pick of the 2013 NFL Draft Chiefs

With the first pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Kansas City Chiefs select Eric Fisher

4/25/13 in NFL   |   droth   |   127 respect

The Kansas City Chiefs have selected offensive tackle Eric Fisher from Central Michigan University with the top pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.  The third-team All-American is a versatile Feb 23, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Central Michigan offensive lineman Eric Fisher runs the 40 yard dash during the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sportstackle with great size and athleticism, who can protect the passer from either the right or left tackle position and get out of the pocket and move.

Fisher is the highest drafted player out of the MAC in history. Before Fisher, Byron Leftwich held that distinction after being selected seventh in 2003.

The Chiefs picked first after a 2-14 season.  They finished last in NFL in points scored with just 13.2 points per game despite having a top-5 rushing attack.  The weakness was in the passing game; KC finished a league-worst 32nd in passing yards and Chiefs quarterbacks threw only eight TDs compared to 20 INTs. They re-signed their primary receiving threat in Dwayne Bowe and brought in veteran “game manager” Alex Smith to bring some stability to the offense and get Bowe the football.

The Chiefs allowed 40 sacks last year and a sturdy tackle is needed to cut that number down and give Smith more time to survey the field.  New coach Andy Reid knows how to handle a quarterback and with stability on the O-line and in the passing game, the Chiefs have the talent to win a lot more games than they did in 2012.
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