Can Eric Fisher become elite?


The Kansas City Chiefs are hoping to see Eric Fisher make more improvement.

Kansas City has invested heavily in the offensive line. General manager John Dorsey signed right tackle Mitch Schwartz to a five-year deal worth more than $30 million a year after spending a second-round pick on center Mitch Morse.

Then there is Eric Fisher, whom Dorsey used the first-overall pick on back in 2013. Fisher was terrible throughout his first two seasons, but something seemed to click in 2015. Last year, the Central Michigan product began dominating for stretches, including a memorable effort against J.J. Watt in the AFC Wild Card Game.

Over at Pro Football Focus, Sam Monson asked the question of whether or not Fisher can become a premiere offensive tackle in the game. My short answer would be no, although I believe he can be very good.

In other words, he will never be Joe Thomas or Jason Peters, but he could become a guy like Cordy Glenn or Branden Albert. In fact, I believe he will be that guy in 2016.

Fisher had a tough transition from a small school to playing right tackle in his rookie year. The following offseason saw him undergo shoulder surgery, costing him key months in the weight room. He moved to left tackle in 2014 and played poorly and didn’t look strong enough at the point of attack.

However, after being moved back to left tackle before Week 7 last season, he started to hit his stride. Fisher noticeably was solid in the run game and was much improved in pass protection.

Overall, we should expect a nice year out of No. 72.