No. 17 – Eric Fisher, Offensive Tackle, Kansas City Chiefs, 2013 NFL Draft
Jake Long and Eric Fisher have been the only two offensive linemen selected with the top pick over the last 20 years and have had similar careers. Long had more individual success while Fisher has had more overall success, now being a Super Bowl Champion.
For Fisher, he’s played in all 16 games just three times since being drafted but has played in at least 13 games in six of his seven seasons, creating a rather stable option at the tackle position for Kansas City. This past season, he only appeared in eight games but was there when it counted during the Super Bowl. This came after arguably his best season in the NFL, being voted to the 2018 Pro Bowl.
Despite having fewer individual accolades than Long, Fisher is ranked one spot higher due to what was available in 2013. When Long was picked there were better options that would have fit with the team, however with Fisher, he was part of a weak class, to begin with.
Fisher was the first of three tackles to go in the first four picks in 2013, being followed by Luke Joeckel to Jacksonville at two and Lane Johnson to Philadelphia at four.
Of the three, Johnson has had the best career, but Fisher hasn’t been too far off. The only other player that with 20/20 hindsight would have been a better pick would be DeAndre Hopkins who went 27th to Houston, but who takes a wide receiver with the first pick?