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The Kansas City Chiefs may have selected LT Eric Fisher No. 1 overall in the 2013 NFL Draft but it appears Fisher will be playing the right side, at least for now.
The Chiefs kicked off their three-day rookie minicamp on Friday and Fisher lined up at RT. Since it was a rookie minicamp, there were no veterans present, meaning Fisher was clearly the best tackle present. Still, KC had him get started at RT which means the move there is probably set in stone. Fisher played LT in college so the Chiefs will likely want to acclimate him to playing the right side as fast as possible.
Fisher’s presence on the right side is another sign that the Chiefs plan to stay true to their word that Branden Albert will play LT when he returns to the team next week. Albert has been adamant that he has absolutely no interest in moving positions, whether it be to guard or right tackle.
To his credit, Chiefs head coach Andy Reid has been saying for a while that he views both tackle positions equally in terms of importance. Putting the No. 1 pick at RT seems to indicate that their is at least some truth to that.
I think this move by Reid is smart. Putting Fisher at RT at a practice for just rookies shows Branden Albert that Reid means it when he says the LT role belongs to the veteran. A happy Albert could mean a slightly increased chance that the LT will adjust his expectations a bit in order to sign a long-term deal with KC.
If that were to happen, the Chiefs could have a very, very good offensive line for years to come.