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Chiefs take the safe pick with a surprise player

Posted by: Mark Craig under AFC Updated: April 25, 2013 - 7:19 PM

Hey, they're actually going to have this draft thing. It's started and, believe it or not, they're picking players.

The Chiefs, as expected, took the safe route with a left tackle at the No. 1 overall pick. But in a surprise move (at least to those of us who are now 0-1 in mock drafts), they took Central Michigan's Eric Fisher instead of Texas A&M's Luke Joeckel.

Making the pick for the Chiefs was new GM John Dorsey. He's one of seven new GMs in the league this year. They'll be making eight of the top 14 picks, with the Jets' John Idzik making the ninth and 13th picks, assuming there are no trades, of course.

Fisher fills a need for the Chiefs and allows them to now trade disgruntled Branden Albert, their 2008 first-round draft pick.

Here's what new Chiefs coach Andy Reid said before about the comfort of taking a left tackle No. 1 overall:

“This is what I think: They’ve been fairly safe picks over the years. So if it comes down to equal here or there, and you have to choose, it might be a fairly safe pick. The percentages, with that position – you evaluate the success rate with all the positions, you’ll come back to the offensive line and say, ‘Yeah, that’s a fairly safe pick, offensive tackle.’ ”

We'll be back after periodically through the top portion of the draft.

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