ProFootballTalk.com reports the Kansas City Chiefs are set to take Eric Fisher No. 1 to open the 2013 NFL Draft.
Chiefs will take LT Eric Fisher with the first pick in the draft, per source with knowledge of the team’s plans.
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) April 25, 2013
Should the rumor come to fruiting, the Central Michigan offensive tackle Fisher is the first player from a non-Bowl Championship Series conference program taken first overall since the San Francisco 49ers selected former Utah Utes quarterback Alex Smith in 2005. The Utes were then a member of the Mountain West Conference. A player from a Mid-American Conference program has never been taken No. 1.
Fisher anchored a Chippewa offensive line that allowed just 15 sacks in 2012. Central Michigan averaged 28.9 points per game en route to a 7-6 finish, and the program’s first bowl appearance since Butch Jones left for Cincinnati after the 2009 season.
Fisher’s ascent up draft boards really heated up during Senior Bowl week practices, and he continued to wow at February’s scouting combine.
Fisher and Texas A&M’s Luke Joeckel have been one and two among tackle prospects in a very deep class for offensive lineman.