- Bill Williamson, ESPN Staff Writer
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The first round of the NFL draft is 24 hours away and the suspense over who the Kansas City Chiefs will take with the first pick is growing rapidly.
There has been a groundswell of national media speculation that Central Michigan left tackle Eric Fisher will be the Chiefs’ first pick. For weeks, the consensus was that Texas A&M left tackle Luke Joeckel would be the choice.
Both players are considered similar talents. Joeckel may have an edge because of the level of competition he faced in college, but Fisher is considered nastier with perhaps more physical gifts.
I am not surprised by this guessing game. It is rare that the No. 1 pick has yet to be destined at this point. So, all the last-minute second-guessing is to be expected.
I think both players are still on the table and I wouldn’t be shocked if either player was the pick. Kansas City general manager John Dorsey said four unnamed players are being considered, which could mean they're also looking at Oregon pass-rusher Dion Jordan or Utah defensive tackle Star Lotulelei. The Chiefs, though unlikely, could even trade the pick.
We will know the answer soon enough, but the guessing game will likely continue until the Chiefs’ pick hits the podium.
50mEric D. Williams