The Wait is Over. Fisher Selected #1
April 26, 2013

     In case you’re just checking in, the Chiefs selected Eric Fisher with their #1 Pick. Fisher is a tackle out of Central Michigan. Many predicted Fisher as the Chiefs top pick, but the team waited until all 10 minutes had expired on the clock. But you may be surprised to hear, it wasn’t supposed to happen that way. The Chiefs say they had their man with plenty of time on the clock, they just had a tough time getting ahold of him. Chalk it up to bad reception? Maybe.

 

Here’s a look at the Top 10:

#1 Eric Fisher OT                   Kansas City     (Central Michigan)

#2 Luke Joeckel OT              Jacksonville   (Texas A&M)

#3 Dion Jordan OLB             Miami                (Oregon)

#4 Lane Johnson OT            Philadelphia      (Oklahoma)

#5 Ezekiel Ansah DE            Detroit                (BYU)

#6 Barkevious Mingo DE    Cleveland           (LSU)

#7 Jonathan Cooper OG     Arizona                (UNC)

#8 Tavon Austin WR            St. Louis               (West Virginia)

#9 Dee Milliner CB               NY Jets                (Alabama)

#10 Chance Warmack OG    Tennessee          (Alabama)      

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Coleman: Local Guys Hope to be Drafted
April 25, 2013

By Michael Coleman, KCTV5 Sports Director

 

     The Chiefs aren’t the only ones generating draft excitement, home-grown talent hope their names are called.  

     Mizzou has 6 players who are likely to hear their name called, leading the way is Sheldon  Richardson. K-State’s hopes lie in QB Colin Klein, though he’s expected to be drafted as a tightend.  His teammates LB Arthur Brown and WR Chris Harper could sneak in and hear their names called today, on this 1st day of the draft.  Tanner Hawkinson and Bradley Mcdougald, despite KU’s football futility, are talented enough that they’ve drawn attention from the scouts. Missouri Western, a proud MIAA member has a player that could surprise and get the call from the draft, David Bass.  And how about Western Michigan QB Alex Carder? He prepped at Shawnee Mission Northwest and although he played on a limited basis his senior year, he had a stellar junior season, guiding the broncos to a bowl game and rallying his team against Purdue before losing by five points.  He’s made visits to the New York Jets and Cincinnati Bengals…they don’t bring you in if they’re not interested.   

     Best of luck to all these guys in Kansas City’s backyard!

Coleman: The Great Debate
April 24, 2013

By Michael Coleman, KCTV5 Sports Director

 

      Come Thursday NFL Draft day if it comes down to Luke Joeckel or Eric Fisher both have pretty good attitudes heading to the next level.  Joeckel of Texas A&M says he doesn’t expect to the number one pick.  Perhaps he’s softening the blow if he’s not, he would go on to say that he just wants to be in the league.  It doesn’t matter to him.  That’s one take.

       Eric Fisher from Central Michigan is proud to represent the MAC, their biggest name NFL player is Ben Roethlisberger of the Steelers. Fisher says he wants to be the top pick and that it would be an honor.  That stance says right away that he can handle pressure, because whoever is the top overall pick will feel pressure. 

      Pressure is what incumbent offensive tackle Branden Albert is feeling he wants a long term deal and is unwilling to move over to the right side of the Chiefs offensive line. Makes you wonder about his attitude, the new guy (if KC drafts Joeckel or  Fisher) will  hope to learn from the veteran, but you have to think if Albert is unwilling to play ball could he become a negative influence?

       Sure his feelings are hurt but let’s face it, it’s the NFL where feelings are secondary, especially if you’re using a wheelbarrow to deposit your money as Albert is.

     This business of the league is and can be cold.  Hopefully the new fresh face drafted on Thursday understands quickly that being a team player sometimes come at a price.  Albert’s discovering that too late in his career.

Clopton: Trading Down from the Top
April 12, 2013

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By: Abby Clopton, Sports Producer

     Like many of you, I’m counting down the seconds until the Chiefs make that 1st pick in a couple weeks. As I’m writing this there are 13 days and a handful of minutes until that April 25th deadline. Of course on the right of your screen you can see the countdown in real time.

     I know patience is a virtue, but I don’t like to be kept waiting and you can bet that on April 25th, if 7:10pm rolls around and the Chiefs haven’t made that 1st pick, I’ll be pretty upset. Trading down doesn’t seem to be what Chiefs Nation wants and hey, we’re all a little impatient. It seems congruent with the Chiefs new era to continue making big moves and using that #1 pick.  And let’s be honest, wouldn’t we all like to see another big move?

     Taking an offensive tackle is viewed as a safe pick, but if they opt for a guy not named Joeckel or Fisher, is there anyone else fans would be happy with in that top pick? I don’t think so. Thanks to the addition of Alex Smith, the cries for a quarterback have quieted down and that’s fortunate for the Chiefs since this is one of the weakest QB classes in recent years.

     At this point, if the Chiefs take anyone with that 1st pick, it’ll surely be A&M’s Luke Joeckel or Eric Fisher out of Central Michigan. That’s because there may not be another option. Without a 2nd round pick, the Chiefs could try and trade down in the 1st round, but is there another team that will want that 1st overall pick. Probably not, because the Chiefs aren’t the only ones that have noticed this draft class is weak all the way around.

     So come April 25th, I bet the Chiefs give their guy a fancy new hat before 7:15pm. And if they trade down, I’ll be more impatient than ever, but also impressed they found someone to take that 1st pick off their hands.

 

Abby Clopton has been the Sports Producer at KCTV5 since December 2011. She previously covered the Chiefs and their Wichita fanbase for 5 years while working as the Sports Producer at KAKE, the ABC affiliate in Wichita, KS. If you have a story idea for Abby, you can email her at abby.clopton@kctv5.com. Follow her on twitter @CLOPTONKCTV5.