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2013 NFL Draft: Chiefs' Coaches Prefer Eric Fisher, Says Report

It may not be a slam dunk that the Kansas City Chiefs will select LT Luke Joeckel with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, after all.

According to Tony Pauline, several Chiefs position coaches prefer Central Michigan’s Eric Fisher over Joeckel.

Bother Joeckel and Fisher are considered to be elite prospects at their position. Some analysts, like NFL Network’s Mike Mayock, are ranking Fisher slightly higher than Joeckel. There seems to be a common belief that Joeckel is the safer of the two picks while Fisher may have the higher ceiling.

If the Chiefs are indeed going to select a tackle next week, it is imperative that they get the right guy.

The interesting thing to pay attention to in this report is the words “several position coaches.” Notice Pauline says nothing about GM John Dorsey or head coach Andy Reid. While I am sure Reid and Dorsey value the opinion of their staff, in the end, it is what the top dogs think that matters.

This is Dorsey’s first draft as GM of the Chiefs, so he may decide to play it safe by selecting Joeckel.

What do you think, Addicts? Would you rather Dorsey played it safe with Joeckel or rolled the dice with Fisher?

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  • Doug McD

    I think either will work. One thing that still seems possible (to me anyway) is that KC matches Brandon Alberts offer from Miami and we keep him. If that goes through I’d take fisher or trade down out of the 1-1 pick.

    • Jim Harper

      Albert is a trade situation and not a restricted free agent situation. A matching offer is not in play here.

      • Doug McD

        My point was to show him his real market value with Miami. The discussions with his agent talking to Miami could help us. Then make him a long term offer to stay before trading him.

        • Chiroubles

          I suspect that Albert and his agent have already made up their minds to play this year under the tag and hope for a better market next year. Albert really had his sights set on being PAID (read: $10 million/year), and the depressed market this year has him really frustrated.
          My guess will be that he and his agent will not settle for anything less than Jake Long money, which means the trade will likely fall through….

          • Spencer

            Jake Long money…how the hell did Jake Long even get money??? most overrated player at the tackle position…if someone could ever be even overrated at that position…his name and draft position got him that contract…his play, especially the last 2 yrs have him earning closer to 6 mill a yr then 8.5 mill a yr…Rams took a big risk…they better hope he plays like his 1st 2 yrs

            sorry, just don’t like Long in anyway, also the show Albert his market value plot twist might be a good idea…don’t know if it will sit well though and i doubt he stays…would prefer he does, doing this is a completely lateral move…and in the NFL unless that lateral move is going from Manning to Luck or Montana to Young…the only major differences APPEARING to be age it isn’t worth the risk…and that’s because it’s at the QB position…LT is not a position to do so

          • berttheclock

            Ireland only offered Long $16 M guaranteed due to his back problems. Ironically, he really did not get much better from the Rams who built in clauses which would protect them against further injuries.

  • Arrowhead Magic

    I don’t think there will be much difference between the two. I think Fisher will be slightly better but it won’t be by much if at all. I just want to pick Fisher to spite the so -called experts.

    • Darkwolf1414

      I feel the same way. If they HAVE to go LT, as it seems they will, I want them to screw up the “experts” by going Fisher.

      • troy utt

        I have no “preconceived” pick at LT if you will, quite honestly I would be fine with either pick. I can buy into the argument for Fisher & the higher ceiling as well Joeckel having played every game against stiffer competition??? My point was simply that with the off season moves made, & what appears to be enevidible trade of BA that would be the most glaring hole…

  • kmon

    I don’t like the idea of drafting a tackle at #1 but if we absolutely need to then it should be fisher

    • Larry

      Yes fisher over luke

    • Lenny Lieurance

      My thoughts exactly.

    • troy utt

      It’s not the sexy pick… But it is our most glaring need…as well should all transpire as expected with BA it gives us the extra pick, as well the young franchise tackle for years to come. After so many luke warm DL picks, maybe this is the year to mix it up a little???

      • VenTorPraisE

        Either way, Jockel or Fisher, Were not adding to the team, were just replacing a piece. Me personally, I would take the biggest playmaker on offense or defense.

    • Darkwolf1414

      I hate the idea of drafting a tackle at #1, too. I coach track and football in California and we have track practice during the first part of the draft. I thought about canceling practice for that one day. However, I figured why do I have to be home to watch them pick a @&#*ing tackle!?

  • Arrowhead Magic

    Didn’t Dorsey say that the Chiefs would announce who they were picking number 1 four days before the draft? Is that still a thing? Or am I making stuff up again?

    • Larry

      He had four guys he was thinking about.

    • Doug McD

      I think they said they intended to have their draft board set on Monday. That is 4 days before the draft and they were still looking at 4 players to possibly take at the 1-1 pick.

      • berttheclock

        Shows more flexibility than Pioli, who, usually, just had it down to Larry, Curly or Moe.

    • KCMikeG

      You are right. Dorsey said their timeline was to have the Albert situation decided 4 days prior to the draft.

    • Darkwolf1414

      I can see why you thought that but I think Doug is right. I think THEY (Dorsey & Reid) are just supposed to know who they are drafting by 4 days before the draft. They weren’t going to announce it.

  • e_racer

    Dorsey would be wise to keep his plans to himself until the very end. It is doubtful the Chiefs could pull off a trade. However, as long as a trade remains possible they need to play their cards close to the chest.

    Joeckel is younger, and as strong as Fisher. He has been regarded to be the best player in the draft for a long time, so it is natural for people to consider others better. I still think Joeckel is the best, but Fisher would be good as well

  • Tyler Eckstein

    I personally believe they will both be good NFL players but I like Luke more for the fact he had to protect the QB from SEC defenses every week where as Fisher was playing in the MAC if I’m correct..

  • KCinTX

    I don’t know about the rest of you but I’m not worried about the draft this year. I would love D. Jordan but would like Joeckel, Fiher, Smith or Floyd. I cant remember a draft when I was this calm. Usually I’m stressed by now. Today it hit me, no mater who we pick I will be glad we picked him. I can see a good reason for using the pick on all of them.

    • Darkwolf1414

      See, I’m usually stressed now, too. However, this year I’m pissed because we have the chance to draft a real difference maker on either side of the ball and we’re going to draft a damned LT! I’m only somewhat anxious about the draft to see if they prove me wrong. Otherwise, this is the first year I really don’t give a shit.

  • jimfromkcj

    I dare say that most of the posters who are touting Fisher are the same posters who were on the Geno bandwagon. It would be nice for them if we draft Fisher and he turns out to be not as good as Albert and they will be back to tell us we should have taken Geno.