NFL Draft: KC takes Fisher at No. 1; Cards choose tackle

2013-04-26T00:00:00Z NFL Draft: KC takes Fisher at No. 1; Cards choose tackleThe Associated Press The Associated Press
April 26, 2013 12:00 am  • 

NEW YORK - Short on glam, slim on glitter and no sign of Manti Te'o, the NFL draft was still a solid B-plus.

As in Big, as in Brawn, as in Bulk, as in Beefy.

We're talking a scale-busting 600 pounds at the outset Thursday night with offensive tackles Eric Fisher of Central Michigan and Luke Joeckel of Texas A&M.

The first seven picks were all linemen: four on offense, three on defense.

"That's a lot of love for the big boys up front, which we usually don't get," Fisher said.

None of the teams making the first 32 selections went for Te'o, not even Minnesota, which had three first-round picks. The All-America linebacker's poor performance in Notre Dame's loss to Alabama in the national championship game certainly was a factor.

Still to be determined is how much the fake girlfriend hoax cost him.

Unlike the last few years when bumper crops of quarterbacks reigned, this was pure muscle, and lots of it.

Actually, not a single QB was selected until Florida State's EJ Manuel went to Buffalo at No. 16 - the lowest since 2000, when Chad Pennington went 18th to the Jets.

Fisher became the first Mid-American Conference player selected at the top when Kansas City's new regime led by coach Andy Reid chose the 6-foot-7-inch, 306-pound offensive tackle.

"This is so surreal," Fisher said. "I'm ready to get to work right now. I'm ready to start playing some football. I can't process what's going on right now."

Fisher was followed by All-American Joeckel going to Jacksonville, defensive end Dion Jordan of Oregon to Miami, which traded up with Oakland, and Oklahoma tackle Lane Johnson to Philadelphia. Not a skill position player yet in sight - a stark change from the last four drafts, when quarterbacks went first.

The procession of linemen continued with BYU defensive end Ziggy Ansah, born in Ghana, going to Detroit; LSU defensive end Barkevious Mingo to Cleveland; and North Carolina guard Jonathan Cooper to Arizona.

"We truly believe this guy could be a 10-12 year pro and a Pro Bowl-caliber talent," Cardinals general manager Steve Keim said. "He has a unique skill set, maybe one of the more athletic offensive linemen I've seen in 15 years I've been in the business, has tremendous feet, athleticism, space skills, the ability to pull and play on the perimeter."

The Cardinals went into their first draft under Keim and new head coach Bruce Arians with plenty of needs, particularly on offense.

Arizona finished last in the NFL in total yards, allowed a league-high 58 sacks and was 31st in scoring.

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