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Chiefs select OT Eric Fisher with No. 1 draft pick

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The Kansas City Chiefs selected Eric Fisher, an offensive tackle from Central Michigan, as their first draft pick.

The Chiefs had first pick in the NFL draft for the first time in franchise history.

Fisher said he was thrilled to go first. He said he got the phone call from Chiefs officials including owner Clark Hunt and general manager John Dorsey, and then his smartphone died.

"It was kind of scary," he said. His phone then powered back on. "Thank God the phone call went through."

"We waited awhile because we actually had a hard time getting a hold of him," said Chief Head Coach Andy Reid. "For whatever reason the phone was dying there...so that was the reason for waiting. We didn't have any trade offers or anything like that. That's not what took place there."

Fisher is the third offensive tackle picked No. 1 overall since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger, joining Orlando Pace in 1997 and Jake Long five years ago.

Chiefs coach Andy Reid said the team chose the best player available, and Fisher will be a good leader for the team.

"He can play really any position along the line and he loves to play the game," Reid said. "From a coaching standpoint and from John Dorsey's standpoint as a general manager, we felt that he'd be a real nice fit for our football team and also for the city of Kansas City."   

The choice broke a string of four straight quarterbacks taken first: Matthew Stafford, Sam Bradford, Cam Newton and Andrew Luck.

With no obvious superstar quarterback waiting in the wings, the Chiefs traded for 49ers quarterback Alex Smith. Quarterbacks have been the top draft pick every year since 2009 and the top pick in 10 of the past 12 drafts.

Most draft experts including KCTV5 sports anchor Michael Coleman believed the Chiefs would select an offensive tackle. There had been little buzz about the Chiefs trading the draft pick.

Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel was considered the surest thing in a draft full of uncertainty.

He protected the blind side of Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel last season, won the Outland Trophy as college football's top interior lineman, and wowed just about everyone at the NFL's annual scouting combine with his speed, agility and, yes, his size.

But the Chiefs didn't pick Joeckel. Instead, they went with a Central Michigan player. Experts said Fisher's strong performance during scouting days when Joeckel didn't participate may have made the difference.

Joeckel went second to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Reid said the two were both fine players, and he declined to compare them.

"I think this year, the offensive line position has some true prospects in it," Dorsey said before the pick was made. "Every draft has its own unique set of characteristics. Last year's draft had its own unique set of characteristics. This year's draft has its unique characteristics."

Offensive lineman Jake Long, son of Hall of Famer Howie Long, was selected number one by the St. Louis Rams in 2008. He is now with Miami.

This year's draft is the first for Dorsey and Reid.

Fisher will be whisked from New York on a flight Friday morning and will hold a news conference at 1 p.m. Friday. KCTV5.com will livestream Friday's news conference.

Fisher will be among a number of new players on the team. The Chiefs have signed 23 new players in the offseason, including Smith, who was the first overall pick of the 2005 NFL draft.

Copyright2013 KCTV (Meredith Corp.)  All rights reserved. The Associate Press contributed to this report.

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