An offensive tackle will be selected No. 1 overall in Thursday's first round of the 2013 NFL draft, but there's a high possibility it's Eric Fisher from Central Michigan instead of Luke Joeckel.
ESPN's Ed Werder reported that the Kansas City Chiefs already know who they're going to take No. 1 overall—as long as they don't trade the pick—and it's likely to be either Fisher or Joeckel.
As we've seen in the past, what's said prior to the draft doesn't always translate into what actually happens inside the draft room, which is part of what makes it such an intriguing event.
With this draft as mysterious as any, let's take a look at the latest projections for Fisher in the 2013 NFL draft.
Todd McShay: No. 1 Kansas City Chiefs
ESPN's Todd McShay likes Eric Fisher as the No. 1 overall pick to the Kansas City Chiefs.
McShay doesn't offer an explanation in his latest mock draft (membership required), but the selection seems obvious.
With Alex Smith now under center and Andy Reid running the show, the Chiefs know they need to get better on offense and develop some sort of passing attack, highlighting the need for an offensive tackle.
While Joeckel has long been the popular pick to go No. 1 overall, McShay pegs Fisher as the better fit for Kansas City.
This pick makes a lot of sense for the Chiefs, as we've known for a while that they're interested in drafting an offensive tackle.
Football Outsiders told us that KC's pass-protecting offensive line ranked 27th in the NFL last season, which is why Fisher to the Chiefs makes sense.
Whether Fisher or Joeckel ends up being the better NFL player remains to be seen, but it's hard to argue with Fisher's pass-protecting talents.
Matt Miller: No. 5 Detroit Lions
Bleacher Report draft expert Matt Miller has Fisher falling outside of the top two in his latest mock draft, going to the Detroit Lions with the fifth overall pick.
Here's Miller's take on Fisher to Detroit:
There may be smokescreens put out that the Lions prefer a cornerback or defensive end here, but if Fisher is available, he has to be the pick. Whether it's a "best player available" philosophy or a need-based pick, he should be the guy.
The team drafted Riley Reiff in the first round last year, but he is a better prospect at right tackle, or even at guard. Drafting Fisher allows the Lions some flexibility in replacing their two starting tackles from 2012 (Jeff Backus and Gosder Cherilus).
There's no doubting that the Lions would benefit from drafting Fisher. He'd immediately help keep Matthew Stafford healthy and buy him time to get the ball down the field to Calvin Johnson.
That said, I like the idea of Detroit drafting on the defensive side of the football with the No. 5 overall pick, either taking Dee Milliner to bolster the secondary or Ezekiel Ansah to rush the passer.
Again, going with Fisher would be a solid pick, but I think Detroit has a bigger need on defense than it does along the offensive line.
Mike Mayock: No. 1 Kansas City Chiefs
NFL.com's Mike Mayock is another draft expert who favors Fisher over Joeckel, as he likes Fisher as the No. 1 overall pick on Thursday night from Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
This is what Mayock has to say on Fisher:
I think he's got more upside than Luke Joeckel, and I think there's very minimal downside. You can plug-and-play him for the next 10 years and you've got a potential All-Pro tackle.
As I said in the McShay section, I think this is an excellent selection for the Chiefs. Their main concern this season should be pass protection and that's exactly what Fisher brings to the table.
Some will argue that Fisher didn't see the same level of talent that Joeckel did playing at Central Michigan, but in my opinion, if you can block, you can block.
Going off of what Mayock said, how can you not like the idea of a guy who has the potential to be an All-Pro tackle for years to come?
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