With the NFL season quickly approaching, KC Kingdom wants to get everyone pumped up by providing player profiles until the very first kick off. Today’s featured player is left tackle Eric Fisher.
How did Eric Fisher become a Kansas City Chief?
Eric Fisher was the first overall pick by Kansas City in 2013’s draft. The Chiefs had the first pick that year due to going 2-14 in the 2012 season and by being the worst (and I mean THE WORST) team in the league that year.
With no quarterbacks worthy of taking number one overall, and having acquired 49ers quarterback Alex Smith, the Chiefs went a different route with their first pick. It was between Fisher and Texas A&M standout Luke Joeckel for the Chiefs’ first pick and the team decided to go with Fisher.
Fisher wasn’t the most impressive rookie last season, but the tackle position is one of the more difficult positions for a rookie to transition into. Not to mention Fisher had played left tackle during his days at Central Michigan, and the Chiefs had him at right tackle in 2013.
Fisher struggled both with protecting Alex Smith and with staying healthy. He missed a few games in 2013 due to injuries and also due to a concussion. Fisher did start showing improvement towards the end of the season, so let’s hope that carries over into 2014… especially for Alex Smith’s sake.
I wrote a piece recently on what to expect from second year Chiefs players, and obviously I covered Eric Fisher. Within that piece, I quoted Adam Teicher of ESPN.com and his thoughts on Fisher. Teicher noted that Fisher had bulked up during the offseason, and that the weight of this Chiefs’ offense falls heavily on Fisher’s shoulders.
How quickly Fisher can play like [Branden] Albert, a Pro Bowler last season, will help determine the fate of the Chiefs’ season. Little of what Fisher accomplished last year suggests he is ready for the challenge, at least right away.
But it’s still wise to believe Fisher could eventually become equal to the player Albert is now, or even better. He showed last season the tremendous athleticism that led the Chiefs to rate him as the draft’s best player.
Frank Schwab of Shutdown Corner thinks that Fisher will be the breakout player for Kansas City this year.
The move from right tackle to left tackle will be another adjustment for last year’s top pick. He struggled a lot early as a rookie, but improved as the season went on. Also, left tackle is his natural position, so maybe the adjustment won’t be so rough. Either way, we’d bet on Fisher looking sharp at left tackle by at least the end of this season, and his real breakout being in 2015.
I agree that Fisher is in a position to improve this season. He’s being moved to his preferred spot at left tackle, and honestly, it’d be tough to have a worse season than he did last year. Fingers crossed that Eric Fisher does indeed have a breakout year!
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