Kansas City Chiefs tackle Eric Fisher (72) – Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports
Eric Fisher showed a lot of potential in his college days at Central Michigan and as a result, the KC Chiefs felt that he showed enough promise that they decided to make him the first overall selection in the 2013 NFL draft.
Now most of us feel like the person who was drafted first overall should be an instant relief to their team, right? Unfortunately, Fisher hasn’t really lived up to the hype that comes with the first overall pick.
In his two seasons as a Chief, Fisher has dealt with some adversity. First, he played left tackle all through college but had to make the switch to right tackle so that the Chiefs could keep pro-bowl tackle Branden Albert on the left side.
In week two of the 2014 season I remember watching Fisher go toe-to-toe against Demarcus Ware. Fisher actually did a decent job at keeping Ware off of Smith’s blind side.
Another issue he’s faced is the fact he’s had some injuries and some surgeries. After his first season in the NFL, Fisher had to undergo two surgeries: one for his shoulder that he dislocated during the season and a sports hernia surgery.
According to Pro Football Focus, the 2014 Chiefs had the 27th ranked offensive line in the NFL. One contributor to this is that Fisher didn’t improve like we all had hoped he would once he got to return to the side he played in college.
Don’t get me wrong here, I’ve seen Eric Fisher show flashes of potential. In week two of the 2014 season I remember watching Fisher go toe-to-toe against Demarcus Ware. Fisher actually did a decent job at keeping Ware off of Smith’s blind side.
None of that will matter if Fisher can’t improve before the next season. All in all, Fisher needs to improve or he’ll be joining JaMarcus Russell on the list of number one overall busts.
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