It seems just like yesterday when the Kansas City Chiefs selected OL Eric Fisher with the top pick in April’s 2013 NFL Draft. “The Call” was just one of the many unforgettable moments, not only in Fisher’s life, but also for Chiefs fans, who are anticipating a memorable season in 2013 and beyond.
We begin our Rookie Recap series, featuring my conversations with each of the Chiefs eight 2013 draft choices, in order, addressing a summary of their OTA and minicamp experiences, expectations for this season and more.
The Chiefs #1-overall pick, Eric Fisher starred at left tackle for the Central Michigan Chippewas and later improved his draft stock at the Senior Bowl, followed by the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine. After making the successful switch to right tackle for the Chiefs and later completing the team’s offseason training program, Fisher took some time to reflect on his past two months.
Out of the Gate: After spending more than a deacade leading the Eagles, it’s only fitting that the NFL helps Reid settle in with the Chiefs by providing him with some familiar opponents. On top of that, it appears the schedule-makers did Reid and Kansas City a favor by letting them open up, albeit on the road, against Jacksonville. After the Jaguars it’s three straight NFC East games with Dallas and the New York Giants set to come to Arrowhead and, of course, the Chiefs going to Philadelphia to face Reid’s former charges. A strong opening month by Kansas City would not only bode well for the team, it also would probably provide some extra satisfaction for their new head coach.
Toughest Stretch: Kansas City plays just one playoff team from last season (Houston, Week 7) leading up to its bye in Week 10. The script flips after the bye, however, as four of their final seven games are against teams that played in the postseason in 2012. This includes two games against defending AFC West champion Denver, starting with a trip to the Mile High City in Week 11. A home game against San Diego follows before the Broncos come to Arrowhead, and then the Chiefs head east to finish off NFC crossover play with a game against Washington in Week 14. Even though Kansas City has to play three straight NFC East foes from Weeks 2-4, this four-game stretch against AFC teams gets the nod for its toughest because of the divisional implications.
Quarterback will be a popular answer but I really do think the floor on Alex Smith is fairly high. I’m not saying he’ll be a Pro Bowler, but I feel fairly confident that he won’t completely implode.
Running back, receiver and three of the four linebacker spots are set. Nose tackle concerns me a little but I don’t think Dontari Poe will be getting worse. The defensive ends concern me as well but, similar to Smith, I think their floor is somewhat high.
Get into this week’s football talk with “NFL AM” at 6 a.m. ET on NFL Network. Today, Kansas City Chiefs offensive tackle Eric Fisher and Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Jarvis Jones stop by to share some insights from the annual Rookie Symposium.
Plus, expect the latest on the homicide investigation involving New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, with NFL Network’s Rich Hollenberg live from Massachusetts and expert defense attorney Harvey Steinberg.