The Chiefs selected Eric Fisher with the first overall pick in last year’s draft and then installed him at right tackle after attempts to trade left tackle Branden Albert led nowhere.
Fisher, who played left tackle at Central Michigan, struggled early in the year and dealt with injuries, although his work improved as the season progressed. General Manager John Dorsey said that he’d still take Fisher first overall and that they’re “banking” on Fisher in his second NFL season.
Albert is set to become a free agent in March, which could mean a position switch is in store for Fisher. Dorsey wasn’t sharing the team’s specific plans for either tackle spot, but did share what he and Fisher think will be a top offseason priority for the tackle.
“He understands that he’s got an offseason to get bigger and stronger,” Dorsey said, via the Kansas City Star. “Size will help him a little bit. … I think he can gain 15 or 20 pounds. I think he can [weigh] 315 to 320 [pounds]. That’s a big deal.”
Getting stronger isn’t going to hurt Fisher at either tackle spot, so he can move ahead on that front while the Chiefs sort things out with Albert and figure out how 2013’s top pick will fit into the offense.