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NFL Draft: Fisher joins select company at No. 1

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When the Kansas City Chiefs selected Central Michigan's Eric Fisher in the 2013 draft Thursday, he became only the fourth offensive tackle taken with the first pick since the initial NFL-AFL combined draft in 1967.

The others were Southern Cal's Ron Yary (Vikings, 1968), Ohio State's Orlando Pace (Rams, 1997), and Michigan's Jake Long (Dolphins, 2008). Yary was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2001.

He was also the first senior prospect drafted since Long.

Quarterbacks have dominated recent top picks, with 10 being named No. 1 in the previous 12 drafts.

Overall, since the combined draft quarterback had the most No. 1 selections with 20, followed by defensive ends (eight), running backs (seven), offensive tackles and defensive tackles (four each), wide receivers and linebackers (two each).

Here are the NFL Draft's No. 1 overall picks since 1967:

2013 Chiefs, Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan

2012 Colts, *Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford

2011 Panthers, *Cam Newton, QB, Auburn

2010 Rams, *Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma

2009 Lions, *Matthew Stafford, QB, Georgia

2008 Dolphins, Jake Long, OT, Michigan

2007 Raiders, *JaMarcus Russell, QB, LSU

2006 Texans, *Mario Williams, DE, North Carolina State

2005 49ers, Alex Smith*, QB, Utah

2004 Chargers, Eli Manning, QB, Mississippi

2003 Bengals, Carson Palmer, QB, Southern Cal

2002 Texans, David Carr, QB, Fresno State

2001 Falcons, Michael Vick, QB, Virginia Tech

2000 Browns, Courtney Brown, DE, Penn State

1999 Browns, Tim Couch, QB, Kentucky

1998 Colts, Peyton Manning, QB, Tennessee

1997 Rams, Orlando Pace, OT, Ohio State

1996 Jets, Keyshawn Johnson, WR, Southern Cal

1995 Bengals, Ki-Jana Carter, RB, Penn State

1994 Bengals, Dan Wilkinson, DT, Ohio State

1993 Patriots, Drew Bledsoe, QB, Washington State

1992 Colts, Steve Emtman, DT, Washington

1991 Cowboys, Russell Maryland, DT, Miami

1990 Colts, Jeff George, QB, Illinois

1989 Cowboys, Troy Aikman, QB, UCLA

1988 Falcons, Aundray Bruce, LB, Auburn

1987 Buccaneers, Vinny Testaverde, QB, Miami

1986 Buccaneers, Bo Jackson, RB, Auburn

1985 Bills, Bruce Smith, DE, Virginia Tech

1984 Patriots, Irving Fryar, WR, Nebraska

1983 Colts, John Elway, QB, Stanford

1982 Patriots, Kenneth Sims, DT, Texas

1981 Saints, George Rogers, RB, South Carolina

1980 Lions, Billy Sims, RB, Oklahoma

1979 Bills, Tom Cousineau, LB, Ohio State

1978 Oilers, Earl Campbell, RB, Texas

1977 Buccaneers, Ricky Bell, RB, Southern Cal

1976 Buccaneers, Lee Roy Selmon, DE, Oklahoma

1975 Falcons, Steve Bartkowski, QB, California

1974 Cowboys, Ed (Too Tall) Jones, DE, Tennessee State

1973 Oilers, John Matuszak, DE,Tampa

1972 Bills, Walt Patulski, DE, Notre Dame

1971 Patriots, Jim Plunkett, QB, Stanford

1970 Steelers, Terry Bradshaw, QB, Louisiana Tech

1969 Bills, O.J. Simpson, RB, Southern Cal

1968 Vikings, Ron Yary, OT, Southern Cal

1967 Colts, Charles (Bubba) Smith, DE, Michigan State
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