I’m a Kansas City Chief and it feels amazing! I’m speechless right now but also so blessed! Feels good to be number one!!!
— Eric Fisher (@Big_Fish79) April 26, 2013
At a time when quarterback Geno Smith has faced harsh criticism regarding his ability to handle adversity,Smith isn’t handling adversity well.
Specifically, the game that is the NFL draft isn’t going the way he expected, so Smith plans to take his bat and ball and go home.
Smith told ESPN’s Suzy Kolber after Thursday night’s opening round that he won’t be back on Friday for rounds two and three.
If Smith doesn’t return, he’ll be confirming in the minds of many that he can’t show grit and resolve under pressure. That he’ll sink his head and slump his shoulders when the team is 14 points behind in the third quarter. That he’ll pout if he’s not the starter or if he gets benched. That he’ll complain about the use of too many running plays when he prefers to air it out.
“That’s a lot of love for the big boys up front, which we usually don’t get,” Fisher said.
None of the teams making the first 32 selections went for Te’o, not even Minnesota, which had three first-round picks. The All-America linebacker’s poor performance in Notre Dame’s loss to Alabama in the national championship game surely was a factor. Still to be determined is how much the fake girlfriend hoax cost him.
Unlike the past few years when bumper crops of quarterbacks reigned, this was pure muscle, and lots of it.
Mitch Holthus, the Chiefs’ radio play-by-play announcer and master of ceremonies for the team’s draft party, was reporting the Twitter messages and rumors some 30 minutes before the coverage. The day’s lean had been toward Fisher instead of Texas A&M’s Luke Joeckel, so when the call was made, the 4,000 or so who filled the team’s practice facility cheered the selection they mostly had expected.
“I like it,” said Danny Lobb, 23, of Kansas City. “It’s a strong year for offensive linemen.”
Lobb, whose family has held four season tickets for some 35 years, joined friends Stephen Dobler and Matthew Mavec for food, drink and socializing with current and former players and cheerleaders at the Chiefs’ indoor practice facility.
“It wasn’t a great year to have a bad record,” Mavec said. “But it was a good pick.”
Chiefs fans, starved for success after a 2-14 season that prompted a front-office and coaching-staff housecleaning, were ready to cheer for anybody not associated with last year.
“With the first pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Kansas City Chiefs select Eric Fisher,” commissioner Roger Goodell announced.