Reports: Chiefs will select Eric Fisher with No. 1 pick

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Reports: Chiefs will select Eric Fisher with No. 1 pick
April 25, 2013, 5:00 pm
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NEW YORK -- Cross off Eric Fisher from going to the Eagles at fourth overall.

The former Central Michigan left tackle will be the top overall pick at tonight’s NFL draft, going to the Kansas City Chiefs, according to several reports.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Charean Williams first reported that the Chiefs informed Joeckel Thursday afternoon that Fisher is their pick.

Fisher was once viewed as a strong candidate for the Eagles, who pick at No. 4 and need to get younger at the offensive tackle position, but picked up steam during the pre-draft process and narrowed the gulf between he and Texas A&M product Luke Joeckel.

Fisher’s selection increases the likelihood that either Joeckel or former Oklahoma tackle Lane Johnson will fall to the Eagles, who have tackles Jason Peters and Todd Herremans coming off major surgeries.

Johnson, who played at Oklahoma, was one of several prospects to have a video conference with the Eagles today, according to a league source. The Eagles conducted private workouts with Johnson and Joeckel and also brought each one into the NovaCare Complex.

Eagles general manager Howie Roseman has discussed staying at No. 4, but also said he’s open to trading down for the right offer. Other prospects commonly linked to the Eagles in the first round are quarterback Geno Smith, pass rushers Dion Jordan and Ziggy Ansah, cornerback Dee Milliner and wide receiver Tavon Austin.

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