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NEW YORK CITY—After two months of waiting, football is (kind of) back. Day One of the NFL Draft took place and the Kansas City Chiefs held the distinction of being the first to pick out of a very talented pool of players. They selected Eric Fisher the defensive tackle out of Central Michigan, and in turn received a small moral victory as a player from the MAC was selected first overall instead of a player from the college football powerhouse conference that is the SEC.
Fisher stands 6-7 and is a native of Rochester, Mich. According to his draft profile on NFL.com, Fisher was named to the All-MAC team this past season. In addition, he averaged 6.2 yards per play (second best in the MAC according to the report) and led Central Michigan to a Little Caesars Bowl win. He missed the last two games of the 2011 season with a knee injury, which made his 2012 campaign even more impressive.
He becomes the second Central Michigan player to be drafted in the first round, and the first since Joe Staley in 2007 according to ESPN’s report. Even more interesting, this was the first time offensive tackles went 1-2 in the draft since the 1970 NFL merger. Luke Joeckel went to Jacksonville with the second overall pick.
Fisher is going to help the Chiefs immensely. They allowed 34.0 sacks last year, a little more than three short of the league average according to a Chiefs press release. This is a tremendous pickup for Kansas City and I think he will make a quick impact on a team that desperately needs a spark as they try to get back to football prominence.