Chiefs take OT Eric Fisher No. 1 in NFL draft

James C Black
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Eric Fisher during the NFL scouting combine. (USA TODAY Sports)

As had been widely projected in the final hours leading up to the NFL draft, the Kansas City Chiefs selected offensive tackle Eric Fisher with the No. 1 overall pick Thursday.

Fisher, from Central Michigan, was taken over higher-profile and fellow left tackle Luke Joeckel. Fisher will be expected to help upgrade an offense that now has quarterback Alex Smith at the helm and finished 31st in passing last year (183.6 yards per game).

Fisher becomes the third offensive tackle selected with the No. 1 overall pick since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970. The first two were Orlando Pace with the St. Louis Rams in 1997 and Jake Long with the Miami Dolphins in 2008.

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The 6-foot-7, 306-pound Fisher really began to generate buzz at the Senior Bowl, where he was one of the week's stars. He then backed it up by performing well at the NFL scouting combine a month later.

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