When Andy Reid surveyed the field after his teams first mini-camp last week, he looked at his offensive line minus, Branden Albert, and had to realize he needed more bulk if he’s going to implement his new offense effectively in Kansas City.
That’s why the pick of the Central Michigan standout wasn’t much of a shock. Sure Texas A&M Tackle, Luke Joekel, who went second overall to the Jacksonville Jaguars, was perceived to be the highest rated tackle in this draft. But the Chiefs, and a few other NFL teams, felt that he didn’t flash the mean streak that Reid wants from his left tackle.
Fisher is a pancake blocker who will bring a fire and brimstone approach to the offensive line very similar to that of former Chief, Willie Roaf. What Reid saw in him leading up to the draft was a player that could anchor the left side of his offensive line for years to come. More importantly Fisher can protect the backside of his new quarterback, Alex Smith.
But by drafting Fisher, the Chiefs also increase their depth along the offensive line which gives them options moving forward. Depending on the outcome of trading Albert and that could still occur at some point on Thursday night.
That means if the season started today, the Chiefs offensive line should consist of RT Fisher, G Jeff Allen, C Rodney Hudson, G Geoff Schwartz, RT Branden Albert.
If Albert is dealt, then second year man, Donald Stephenson, would assume the right tackle position this season for the Chiefs.
Now it’s still early and Kansas City could use it’s pair of third round picks, assuming they don’t have a second rounder on Friday night, to draft a starting center, guard or tackle.
In Philadelphia, Andy Reid, believed in drafting big physical offensive linemen and by selecting Fisher, the Chiefs might be able to begin the process of reclaiming their place in the AFC West as division contenders.
That’s because with the addition of Quarterback, Alex Smith, the superlative running skills of Jamaal Charles, and All Pro receiver, Dwayne Bowe, the Chiefs have the potential to be a solid offense.
And that starts up front. Granted I’m not thrilled with the offensive line as it sits even with Fisher in the fold and a disgruntled Albert. I’d still like to see the Chiefs sign New York Jets free agent Guard, Brandon Moore, and consider drafting Wisconsin Center, Travis Frederick even if they have to bump up to the end of the second round to get him.
Thus my prognostication could depend on the Chiefs ability to trade Albert, get him under contract (by matching the offer on the table from Miami) and push him to right tackle for 2013.
But those are some big what ifs minutes after selecting Fisher. And when the Dolphins moved up in the Raiders slot in round one and shocked the world by selecting Oregon LB Dion Jordan, they paid a hefty price to move up 11 spots and that pushed them out of the Albert sweepstakes.
For now Fisher and Albert are teammates. But that can still change any minute from now until opening day.
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Chiefs Round #5: Cornerback Sanders Commings
Chiefs Round #4: Inside LInebacker Nico Johnson
Chiefs Round #3: Running Back Knile Davis
Chiefs Round #3: Tight End Travis Kelce
Out of Bounds: Chiefs Strike #1 Gold
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Did the Chiefs make the right move by drafting Mr. Fisher??
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