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Central Michigan’s Fisher is tonight’s first NFL draft pick

Eric Fisher of Central Michigan held up a jersey on stage after he was picked No. 1 overall by the Kansas City Chiefs.

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Eric Fisher of Central Michigan held up a jersey on stage after he was picked No. 1 overall by the Kansas City Chiefs.

NEW YORK — The Kansas City Chiefs took offensive tackle Eric Fisher of Central Michigan to begin the NFL draft Thursday night, then Jacksonville went for Texas A&M’s Luke Joeckel.

It was the first time since the 1970 merger that offensive tackles went 1-2.

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Fisher became the first player from the Mid-American Conference taken to open the draft. He is the third offensive tackle picked No. 1 overall since the merger, joining Orlando Pace in 1997 and Jake Long five years ago.

Fisher is the first selection by new Chiefs coach Andy Reid and general manager John Dorsey, who entertained trade offers before selecting the 6-foot-7, 306-pound Fisher over All-American Joeckel.

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After Commissioner Roger Goodell paid tribute to the first responders at the Boston Marathon bombings and the victims of the West, Texas explosion, he announced Fisher’s name. It broke a string of four straight quarterbacks taken first: Matthew Stafford, Sam Bradford, Cam Newton and Andrew Luck.

This is considered a QB-weak draft.

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