Kansas City Takes Eric Fisher No. 1 Overall in a First Round Dominated by Linemen

April 26, 2013 – 8:05 am by Eric Schmoldt

The first night of the NFL Draft came and went Thursday night and, to no surprise, it was a first round dominated by offensive linemen. Three of the first four picks were offensive tackles, including Eric Fisher who went No. 1 overall to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Eric Fisher, Luke Joeckel, Dion Jordan and Lane Johnson joined Dial Global Sports with Scott Graham to discuss their impressions on draft night, being taken in the top four overall picks of the NFL Draft, how they’ll fit in with their new teams, their rise up the draft charts and the draft experience.

Eric Fisher, on being taken with the No. 1 overall pick:

“What an honor to be the first pick of the NFL Draft. That is beyond a dream come true. I can’t believe this has just happened. It’s so surreal. It’s starting to set in a little bit, but this is so crazy right now. … I honestly did not know anything going into this. I got that phone call. It was such a surprise, such an honor, such an opportunity.”

What do you think it is that made your stock rise so much?:

“I think I answered all the questions. Coming out of a small school, obviously people are going to have questions. What kind of competition did he face? What kind of athlete is he? I think I proved myself at the Senior Bowl, the combine, pro day. … I think I answered all the questions.”

Luke, given all the draft buildup, is there some relief that comes with it finally being over?:

“For sure. I’m happy all this is over. I’m happy I have a team now, and I’m ready to go prove myself.”

Is it a big deal to you that you didn’t go No. 1?:

“No, it doesn’t matter at all. I’m a competitor and I always wanted to be that No. 1 pick. But I think every guy here wants to be that first pick. It’s just going to help drive me, help me work harder. Even being the No. 2 pick doesn’t matter. I’ve just got to go prove myself, go play football.”

What do you know about the Jacksonville Jaguars?:

“It was my first time in Jacksonville a couple weeks ago. I took a visit down there and I got to talk with Coach Bradley. I really liked his passion for the game. He’s a very passionate coach. He’s got a different coaching style than a lot of other guys, but he asks a lot of his players, and I’m definitely going to give every single thing I have for him.”

Dion, were the Dolphins a team you were expecting to maybe pick you?:

“Honestly, no. I talked to the guys a little bit throughout the process, but I didn’t know where I’d land. I was kind of surprised the trade happened, and that it was me that they were trading for.”

But to see a team trade up and trade away picks just to get you, that has to make you feel good:

“It made me feel really good. It was a lot. I picked up the phone, and I see somebody else’s helmet going on the screen, and then the next thing you know it’s a trade, and I’m on the phone with the people that are doing the trading.”

What is it that makes you think your game will transfer to the NFL immediately?:

“I do have the ability to get to the quarterback, but it’s something I’m going to have to work at. I’m going to have to develop my game in all phases so I can be a three-down player. Like I said, I have the athletic ability, the size, the speed, the will to get at the quarterbacks.”

Lane, when you look at three offensive linemen taken in the first four picks, that’s incredible, isn’t it?:

“Oh yeah, offensive tackle is not a very sexy position, but it’s a position in dire need in the NFL, and I think it’s what wins a lot of games for you.”

How did you get to be an offensive lineman after playing quarterback?:

“I was a guy that wasn’t recruited at all out of high school, so my only offer was to go to a junior college. Just battling through adversity, with all these position changes, and I just kind of outgrew my body. I just kept on growing. And when you’re 300 pounds you notice you can’t play quarterback anymore. You’re going to have your hand in the dirt.”

Does a Chip Kelly-style offense suit your game?:

“I believe so. I think Oklahoma and Oregon have a lot of similarities, where we’re running close to 100 plays a game and we’re getting on the ball, going to the next play. That’s what I’ve done for the past four years at Oklahoma, playing two at tackle, and I think it fits me really well.”

Listen to Eric Fisher, Luke Joeckel, Dion Jordan and Lane Johnson

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