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First round selection, Eric Fisher, may be a bust for Chiefs

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Eric Fisher of the Kansas City Chiefs might be one of the least heard about No. 1 overall picks in the last decade.

Fisher struggled early in the 2013 NFL season and was clearly over-powered by the opposing defense.

Eric Fisher could be a bust for the Chiefs, or maybe expecting something from a Central Michigan prospect was unrealistic?

According to WalterFootball.com, Chiefs GM John Dorsey wanted Luke Joeckel while Andy Reid and the coaches were in favor of Fisher. Joeckel ended the season on IR and Fisher struggled early but did show improvement while suffering various injuries.

Neither the No. 1 or No. 2 picks of the 2013 NFL Draft panned out this season, but that doesn’t mean it won’t.

Fisher could be the starting left tackle in 2014 and that puts pressure on him to improve quickly.

Fisher was the first non-quarterback to be selected with the first overall pick since 2008 and was highly compared with Texas A&M tackle Luke Joeckel since the college season ended.

CBSSportsline.com stated before the draft, “Fisher 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 does not have a stout anchor. Didn’t face many NFL-caliber pass rushers while at Central Michigan.”

Chances still remain Fisher could be a bust, but the positive for the Chiefs were the improvements made by him. 2014 will start to tell his story.

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