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Eric Fisher becomes one of the most unlikely first overall picks in NFL draft history


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Alex Smith must REALLLYYY miss Joe Staley on his blind side, because the Chiefs basically drafted Joe Jr. #1.

That's awesome. Where can we find Justin Smith Jr please?

Update: The 49ers drafted Tank Carradine, DE. Aka Justin Smith Jr!

I still don't get it.

There was no way to see this coming years ago when Fisher was ignored by almost every FBS school. There was no way of seeing it coming a little more than a year ago when he was just a third-team all-MAC selection as a junior. It didn't seem possible when he failed to make even one first-team All-American squad as a senior, though that was mostly because few voters knew about him.

In many ways Fisher, who couldn't get a Big Ten team to show interest in him as a walk-on, is the most unique first overall pick in NFL draft history.

"Hey, it doesn’t matter where you start, it’s where you end up," Fisher said at the combine. "That’s a big thing I take to heart."

[Also: NFL draft first-round winners and losers]

Adding to the unusual nature of the pick, it wasn't widely reported Fisher would be the top pick until just a few hours before the draft, a rarity during an era in which the No. 1 pick is usually well known weeks in advance. He apparently beat Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel in the Chiefs' draft room. He'll now protect new Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith, who in a weird twist was protected by 49ers left tackle and fellow former Central Michigan player Joe Staley in his last job.

There wasn't a lot of competition for this guy. Couldn't they have picked him up in a later round?

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