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Examiner
  • Stephen Brown: Fisher's personality a great fit in KC

  • "The only thing important in my eyes is acquiring the best talent I can for this organization, so we can stack up the most W’s as possible," Chiefs general manager John Dorsey before the draft. "That's the way I go about it, and the way I view things. My sole responsibility is to get players here. That’s what I do."

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  • "The only thing important in my eyes is acquiring the best talent I can for this organization, so we can stack up the most W’s as possible," Chiefs general manager John Dorsey before the draft. "That's the way I go about it, and the way I view things. My sole responsibility is to get players here. That’s what I do."
    Thursday night Andy Reid said he felt he and Dorsey had done that by choosing Eric Fisher of Central Michigan.
    "He's a good kid and a hard worker," Reid said. "When you meet him, you'll find that out. When you sit with him, you get the sense that he's with you when you're talking to him.
    "He'll be good for Kansas City. Level-headed."
    Fisher, who is 6-foot-7 and 306 pounds, is extremely athletic – he ran a 5.05 40-yard dash and bench pressed 225 pounds 27 times.
    The size is obvious, but Fisher's footwork helped sway Dorsey. Having played high school basketball, Fisher has the ability to beat pass-rushers laterally to the edge. Being athletic and quick-footed, Fisher can cover a wide area in pass protection.
    "Fisher's rise to the top of the draft is a moment that few people saw coming even three months ago," NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal said. "Fisher arrived at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., in January as a player not commonly believed to be a top-10 pick. His outstanding week there showed he could shut down the best of the best defensive linemen. His film did the rest of the work for him."
    That and attitude.
    Fisher has a great approach to the game and life. Dorsey looks at the stats, numbers, film and everything you look at when drafting a player, but Dorsey looks at the inward parts too.
    Fisher's coach Dan Enos from Central Michigan says he's a great young man, and it's a great story.
    "Eric Fisher's a great person and we're proud of him," Enos told 610 Sports Radio. "When he first got here, he was 245 pounds, but his height and motor skills were there. He did a tremendous job of working, gaining the weight and being coached."
    Reid pointed to Fisher's versatility as reason for Dorsey and Reid liking Fisher. Fisher played guard and both tackle spots in college.
    Fisher is a bright young man who picks things up very quickly. Enos said Fisher's never satisfied, what you see is what you get with him. The Chiefs are getting a blue-collar hard-working guy every week and every game. Enos said the Chiefs are getting a great player and an outstanding person with Fisher.
    Enos called Fisher a "very grounded" person.
    Page 2 of 2 - The person Fisher acknowledged first after being selected was his mom. Fisher said his mom taught him nothing is handed to him in life, and that he needed to go out and make things happen on his own.
    "I owe so much to her for that, for teaching me that," Fisher said. "She made me who I am."
    Fisher said now his mom can retire.
    Fisher's college coach revealed that he's nasty too, loves to move people on the field. He gets after people when the ball is snapped, a nice guy off the field, but ultra-competitive on it.
    Reid said what he liked about Fisher is "you knew he was with you". Kansas City worked with both Fisher and Texas A&M’s Luke Joeckel a second time, but Fisher stuck out.
    Reid said there's "no running out of gigabytes" with Fisher. Reid was careful to "not take away from the other kid (Joeckel)", but Reid told the media that he and Dorsey felt like they walked away with the better football player.
    Honestly, before Kansas City selected Fisher with their No.1 overall pick, it was hard to tell the true difference between Fisher and Joeckel.
    But I wasn't the one doing the picking. Reid said Dorsey felt "really strong" about Fisher. Reid said that the Chiefs had been leaning toward Fisher for the last two weeks.
    The more that comes out about Fisher, the work ethic, room to get even better and ability to learn I feel Kansas City picked the right player. It's a fresh start for Kansas City in 2013.
    I'm ready for the real work to begin!
    Rookie minicamp starts May 9-12. I’ll be there ready to see.
    Good day, Chiefs fans!
     
     
     
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