NEW YORK (AP) _ The Kansas City Chiefs have taken offensive tackle Eric Fisher of Central Michigan to begin the NFL draft Thursday night.
Fisher became the first player from the Mid-American Conference taken to open the draft. He is the third offensive tackle picked No. 1 overall since the 1970 merger, joining Orlando Pace in 1997 and Jake Long five years ago.
Fisher is the first selection by new Chiefs coach Andy Reid and general manager John Dorsey, who entertained trade offers before selecting the 6-foot-7, 306-pound Fisher over Texas A&M All-America tackle Luke Joeckel.
After Commissioner Roger Goodell paid tribute to the first responders at the Boston Marathon bombings and the victims of the West, Texas explosion, he announced Fisher's name. It broke a string of four straight quarterbacks taken first: Matthew Stafford, Sam Bradford, Cam Newton and Andrew Luck.
This is considered a QB-weak draft.
Original WIBW Story:
New York --- The Kansas City Chiefs selected offensive tackle Eric Fisher out of Central Michigan with the 1st pick in the 2013 National Football League draft.
Fisher only received 2 scholarship offers out of high school as a 2-star rated recruit. Fisher moved up the draft board following impressive performances at the Senior Bowl and the NFL Combine.
It was widely speculated that the Chiefs would select Luke Joekel with the top pick until Fisher came into the conversation as the draft neared.
Joekel went to Texas A&M and protected the blind side of Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel.
To the disappointment of many Chiefs fans, Kansas City did not select Leon Sandcastle.
(editor's note: Leon Sandcastle is a fictional character played by Hall of Fame DB Deion Sanders).