NFL Draft: Number one pick Eric Fisher ready to rumble with the Chiefs
Eric Fisher cannot wait for the start of the 2013-14 NFL season after being selected No 1 by the Kansas City Chiefs.
Last Updated: 26/04/13 11:14am
For the first time in the Super Bowl era, two offensive linemen were taken with the top two picks, as the Jacksonville Jaguars selected Texas A&M tackle Luke Joeckel second overall.
Not a single quarterback was selected until Florida State's E.J. Manuel went to Buffalo at No 16 the lowest since 2000, when Chad Pennington went 18th to the New York Jets.
Fisher will be called on to protect the blind side of recently acquired quarterback Alex Smith, obtained by the Chiefs from the San Francisco 49ers after the 2012 season.
The 22-year-old does not feel the weight of expectations of helping pull the Chiefs, who are coming off the back of a 2-14 season, stating only he is eager to begin his professional career.
"That's a lot of love for the big boys up front, which we usually don't get," Fisher said.
"This is so surreal. 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."
In a year of few outstanding QB prospects, it was the turn of unglamorous linemen to take the spotlight at Thursday's NFL draft.
The first round delivered an enormous portion of beef, with 18 teams devouring linemen from the opening pick of offensive tackle Eric Fisher by Kansas City to centre Travis Frederick by Dallas at No 31.
"It's always nice when the O-line gets some respect," said offensive tackle Joeckel. "We usually get the crummy meeting room, the crummy chairs in our meeting room.
"A lot of teams are realising how important the position is. The guys, they look pretty scoring the touchdowns, but they get space to score those touchdowns from us."
There was even a foreign flavour to the first round, with Ziggy Ansah of Ghana and Bjoern Werner of Germany chosen.
Ansah had never played American football until 2010 when he walked on at Brigham Young University and he was 'humbled' after being the fifth overall pick, going to the Detroit Lions.
"It's been a humbling experience," Ansah said. "A crazy journey.
"One thing I want to do is just to be an ambassador with the NFL and bring the game back to Ghana because I know that there are little kids back home that are going to be pretty good at this game. I can try to introduce the game to the people in Africa."