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Talk heats up that Chiefs prefer Fisher to Joeckel


For months, the vast majority of mock drafts have had the Chiefs taking Texas A&M left tackle Luke Joeckel with the first overall pick. But with the first round 24 hours away, we’re starting to hear more talk that the Chiefs will go with Central Michigan left tackle Eric Fisher.

Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reports that the Chiefs are still fielding calls about trading out of the top pick, but Glazer believes that if the Chiefs don’t trade the pick, Fisher will be their pick. Glazer has a knack for going against the grain and getting it right, so we’d put a lot of stock in that prediction.

Both of NFL Network’s reporters, Albert Breer and Ian Rapoport, echoed Glazer’s prediction, saying that they also believe Fisher will be the first overall pick.

Still, Joeckel is generally viewed as the safer pick of the two, and not everyone believes the hype on Fisher. Peter King’s just-released mock draft has Fisher slipping all the way to No. 6.

Unlike last year’s Colts, who never hid their intention of drafting Andrew Luck, this year’s Chiefs are keeping everything close to the vest. Both Fisher and Joeckel have said they do not know what will happen on Thursday night. Like the rest of us, they’ll find out tomorrow.

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46 Responses to “Talk heats up that Chiefs prefer Fisher to Joeckel”
  1. icdogg says: Apr 24, 2013 7:18 PM

    I think Joeckel is a surer bet at left tackle, but if they’re considering using him as a right tackle to start with, they might prefer Fisher.

  2. peytonsneck18 says: Apr 24, 2013 7:18 PM

    lets get the drafted started, ive seen and read so much draft stuff the past few months, i think i can be a GM cause i know so much about most of the players now

  3. eventhorizon04 says: Apr 24, 2013 7:19 PM

    Question – who the heck wants to trade up to #1 overall in this draft?

    There’s no Andrew Luck/RG3 or even Mario Williams/Jadaveon Clowney type #1 overall guy worth getting the top pick for.

  4. grantgoodman93 says: Apr 24, 2013 7:20 PM

    If I had to take one of the 2 I’d probably take Joeckel just because we’ve seen him play against good competition like Bama, Florida, etc. Fisher may turn out just fine but SEC defenses are the closest thing to NFL defenses college players see. Take Joeckel

  5. skns2thend says: Apr 24, 2013 7:21 PM

    Just another reason why the mock d is a waste of time…

  6. logicalvoicesays says: Apr 24, 2013 7:22 PM

    The Chiefs are one of those franchises that I’m surprised to hear still exist/haven’t been relocated.

  7. captainwisdom8888 says: Apr 24, 2013 7:22 PM

    fisher should be the #1 player drafted. Yea Joekel played in the more formidable SEC, but Fisher is a tank. Joekel will be a good NFL player, but he honestly looks kinda soft

  8. thesteelers says: Apr 24, 2013 7:24 PM

    They should, as he is the better tackle.

  9. kcchiefsfandave says: Apr 24, 2013 7:25 PM

    The big question is who will be ready to start from day one. Everyone seems to think Joeckel can do a better job from day one and Fisher has more room to grow. What options do the Chiefs have at tackle? ZERO. He’d better be ready to go.

  10. chief67 says: Apr 24, 2013 7:26 PM

    I don`t believe that there is that much of a gap between Joeckel & Fisher , with Fisher being a little more of a Tuff-guy and Joeckel a little more polished .

  11. power808 says: Apr 24, 2013 7:27 PM

    As an Eagles fan I watched year after year after year of Andy Reid screwing up draft picks. And yes he is involved in making the selection with the Chiefs. He has a bad habit of over-thinking and always trying to go for the player that could have a bigger upside. For once Andy can you just please make the safe pick here and take Joeckel. This pick really should be a layup.

  12. ottawabrave91 says: Apr 24, 2013 7:28 PM

    my chiefs will pick which ever player that will end up being the worst and the biggest bust. our expectations are still low here in k c . and the Albert trade will be a debacle cuz they wont get adequate trade value

  13. mendenhallfumblemachine says: Apr 24, 2013 7:30 PM

    Interesting. Cant honestly say ive seen enough of fisher to say he’s the superior player, but i from what i have read he makes for an intruiging choice. Cant wait for the draft!

  14. promickey says: Apr 24, 2013 7:33 PM

    Reid and the Chiefs are trying to drive up the price that the Dolphins would pay for Brandon Albert. They indicate going with Fisher and having him play RT and Albert LT then the Dolphins might panic and pay more for Albert.

  15. nzayir says: Apr 24, 2013 7:34 PM

    I’ve liked Fisher over Joeckel from the start. Joeckel has a good amount of bad tape in games against teams like Florida. I know Fisher went to CMU and the competition isn’t as good but so did Joe Staley and if you ask 49ers fans about him they’ll tell you great things.

    As an Eagles fan this kind of upsets me. I wanted either Dion Jordan (my first choice) or Fisher I hope Reid’s bad drafting continues over to Kansas City and he ends up taking Joeckel.

  16. catfanatic1979v1 says: Apr 24, 2013 7:35 PM

    Perhaps Jacksonville should draft Joeckel and then hold his rights for a kings ransom in picks.

  17. chasechorleone313 says: Apr 24, 2013 7:39 PM

    Fisher does seem a Lil more rugged

  18. prmpft says: Apr 24, 2013 7:43 PM

    man – this year’s first round SUCKS unless someone has a GLARING need that they’re willing to pay for – on the surface (not knowing either guy) Joekel would be my choice because at least I believe that A&M teaches more than just football – In an age where intangibles are – well, intangible – I’d go with the place that is SUPPOSED to be teaching those things – I know that is just as ethereal, but I do not know either guy – I expect the same can be said of most nfl teams…

  19. kazkal says: Apr 24, 2013 7:44 PM

    Hey let’s talk about how people hate when Draft is spoiled but here you guys are Spoiling the Draft.

  20. officialgame says: Apr 24, 2013 7:51 PM

    I don’t see how you can go wrong with Joeckel. He is a proven rock solid pick, and ready to rumble. Fisher is a guy from a smaller school who excelled in the senior bowl and combines. This is the one time of year where there is smoke you can’t find a fire.

  21. justintuckrule says: Apr 24, 2013 7:57 PM

    Since neither Joeckel or Fisher are 29 years old, Reid won’t take either. My guess is Ziggy Ansah. People think he’s 29 so that’s a perfect 1st rd pick for Reid.

  22. peytonsneck18 says: Apr 24, 2013 8:00 PM

    chiefs picked the wrong year to get the #1 pick

  23. theytukrjobs says: Apr 24, 2013 8:05 PM

    Either way they’ll get a good tackle. But if I were the GM there I’d much prefer going with the status quo just in case it doesn’t work out.

  24. bert1913 says: Apr 24, 2013 8:07 PM

    do not believe any thing you hear pre draft, teams are not going to let anybody know what they plan on doing.

  25. lovefootball4life says: Apr 24, 2013 8:13 PM

    So if you are the Chiefs and you have the 1st overall pick how frustrating is it that it comes down to the best LT? You’re spending your first overall pick, the best in the draft, to protect Alex Smith’s blind side. Wouldn’t you rather have a can’t miss QB or a game changing WR or RB? Sort of sucks to be picking high this year.

  26. canadianbucsfan says: Apr 24, 2013 8:15 PM

    Both of these guys are solid football players. Either way they are going to get a solid LT.

  27. arrowdead says: Apr 24, 2013 8:19 PM


  28. EJ says: Apr 24, 2013 8:23 PM

    Fisher will end up being their pick if they stay at #1. Reason behind the Fisher over Joeckel pick: The Chiefs will be slotting him in the RT position, they are already set at LT. Besides, Fisher has a higher ceiling talent wise than Joeckel does.

  29. Patriot42 says: Apr 24, 2013 8:30 PM

    The “Talk” is coming from ESPN and NFL talking heads.

  30. desal2ds says: Apr 24, 2013 8:49 PM

    Cullen Jenkins, Frank Zombo, Joe Staley, Antonio Brown, Josh Gordy, Nick Bellore, and soon Eric Fisher. Fire up Chips!

  31. greymares says: Apr 24, 2013 9:24 PM

    if they are picking Fisher they can keep Albert because Fisher will be a right tackle (Jon Runyan type) Joeckel will be a left tackle, better pass blocker.

  32. thestrategyexpert says: Apr 24, 2013 9:33 PM

    Do the Chiefs understand that when there are 2 nearly equal players (Joekel/Fisher) and one of them is a small school local guy for another good match team (Lions) that it’s not polite to take the other team’s local guy? How rude they are if they take Fisher!

  33. HerculesHochuli says: Apr 24, 2013 9:35 PM

    That’s how bad this draft sucks.
    We’re arguing about the Tackles!

  34. GrossmanDaSexCannon says: Apr 24, 2013 9:48 PM

    To which Luke Joeckel said quietly but audibly, “Oh thank god”

  35. djjackson81 says: Apr 24, 2013 10:39 PM

    If Fisher goes number one look for Jax phones to be ringing for a trade. If AZ was smart they would trade up for Joeckle at 2 hell to the ya why not AZ was thinking about giving KC there 2nd rounder for Albert give it to Jax and et Joeckle there is AZ LT for the next decade.

  36. boyshole25 says: Apr 24, 2013 10:44 PM

    This is like a few years ago when okung was supposed To go ahead of Williams. Williams is the better player now as fisher will be

  37. kev86 says: Apr 24, 2013 10:48 PM

    If we are all being honest we can admit it’s a lousy year to have the #1 overall pick. Hope it works out for KC and it’s not a total bust pick.

  38. sfm073 says: Apr 24, 2013 11:51 PM

    Pretty dumb to draft someone first overall based on potential. Look how that turned out with Jason smith and the rams.

  39. eaglesbest says: Apr 25, 2013 6:17 AM

    Joeckel played against far better competition then Fisher. I do think Fisher will be good but at the number #1 spot I’m going with the safer of the two tackles, that being Joeckel.

  40. iknowallithink says: Apr 25, 2013 7:19 AM

    What’s odd is chiefs just tendered their left tackle Branden Albert, who refuses to play right tackle. I predict a trade one way or the other.

  41. Patriot42 says: Apr 25, 2013 7:28 AM

    I believe all this talk about the Chiefs looking at Fisher is coming from the talking heads as they beat this draft stuff to death.

  42. tvguy22 says: Apr 25, 2013 9:02 AM

    Eagles fan here. Chiefs fans, get ready. Andy is going to show how much smarter he is than everyone else…

  43. taintedsaints2009 says: Apr 25, 2013 10:18 AM

    this is the dullest draft i can ever remember. i bet ratings will be way down. no intrigue at all.

  44. shayeezy says: Apr 25, 2013 10:44 AM

    just because there isn’t a surefire #1 pick doesn’t mean the draft lacks intrigue. if anything, that makes it more intriguing. people knocking the talent either have an agenda or just haven’t done their homework.

  45. shayeezy says: Apr 25, 2013 10:59 AM

    also, joeckel is not a surer bet at left tackle. succeeding at a high level in the NFL takes more than just the refined technique he possesses. fisher’s technique is hardly lacking, and some NFL coaching will quickly make up the difference between them. meanwhile, fisher will still be bigger, stronger, more athletic, and meaner.

  46. riseabovecancer says: Apr 25, 2013 11:08 AM

    Actually that is not true. The Kansas City Chiefs like Luke Joeckel more then they do Eric Fisher. Why I say that is because Luke Joeckle helped Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Menzhel save from the Alabama defensive.

    While Eric Fisher of Central Michigan didn’t do crap

    If t he Kansas City Chiefs picks Eric Fisher from Cental Michigan. They better pray to god that Branden Albert is not traded.

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