The Kansas City Chiefs have reportedly decided who they will take with the first pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, and have even informed the other player they were considering of the decision. The Chiefs will select Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher with the No. 1 pick.
Reports have been swirling all day that Fisher would be the guy if Kansas City held on to the pick, and we can now confirm that our sources are telling us that it is all but a done deal. Anything could happen at the last minute, but it appears Fisher will be the guy and he just barely edged Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel for the selection.
Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram has reported the Chiefs informed Joeckel that Fisher would be their selection. This comes after months of speculation that Joeckel was a lock for the top spot in the 2013 draft.
ProFootballTalk.com has also jumped on the bandwagon, reporting that they have heard the same thing from a source with direct knowledge of the team’s intentions.
We’ve been talking to several people throughout the day and the feeling has been that Fisher would be the guy. But we’ve now had it confirmed for us by two AFC West sources.
Joeckel and Fisher are almost unanimously considered the top two players in this year’s draft. Apparently Fisher’s superior athleticism gave him the edge over Joeckel. But don’t feel bad for the Texas A&M product, he won’t be waiting around long Thursday night. Most experts we’ve talked to think Fisher, Joeckel and fellow top offensive tackle Lane Johnson will all be gone by the seventh pick in the first round.
The selection of Fisher should also pave the way for the Chiefs to finally trade incumbent left tackle Branden Albert. A deal with the Miami Dolphins has been put on hold for now, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it is completed at some point this weekend, possibly as early as tomorrow.