Pick No. 1 – Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
2014 Cap Hit: $5,043,295
Dead Money if Cut: $18,155,862
For the first time in the history of the franchise, the Chiefs had the first overall pick in the draft and there wasn’t anybody worth drafting. A lot of speculation and build-up went along with this pick and while many hoped the Chiefs would finally draft a franchise quarterback but that never seemed to materialize. At the last minute, when Andy Reid and John Dorsey announced that Fisher would be the pick over other No. 1 overall hopeful, Luke Jockel from Texas A&M, it was met with mixed emotions.
Fisher entered the season already a fish out of water. He was moved from “his” position of left tackle to the right side in order to learn the ropes in the NFL. He was less than successful.
Pro Football Focus was not kind to Fisher in his rookie season. In fact, he only graded in the positive over a score of one in three games all season. On top of that, he was injured during three regular season games and didn’t play in the playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts either.
Fisher has one main problem. He’s not big enough. I think the kid has all the heart in the world, but he doesn’t have the “anchor” to keep from getting man handled by NFL level defensive ends and pass rushing linebackers. I will be really curious to see where he’s at after a full off season on a weight training program.
Fisher is going to need to get better quick. With incumbent, Branden Albert apparently headed elsewhere in 2014 via free agency, Fisher is going to have to step up his game in a big way.
Being a former No. 1 overall pick, Fisher has a heft contract. He will be in a Chiefs uniform this year as well as next. He needs to start getting better quickly to justify that contract.