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Once he arrived at the Chiefs‘ practice facility, he spent time at lunch with team chairman Clark Hunt, met the coaching staff and some of his new teammates, and then answered many of the same questions over and over for dozens of reporters and television anchors.

“A lot of people are handed things,” Fisher said, “and you see that sometimes and say, `I wish I had that.’ But now, I’m grateful I wasn’t given that, and look where I am now. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.”

Nor would the Chiefs want him to be anywhere else.

General manager John Dorsey settled on Fisher a couple of weeks ago, ultimately picking him over Texas A&M’s Luke Joeckel, another offensive tackle who went No. 2 to Jacksonville.

“We felt everything about Eric represented what the Kansas City Chiefs are all about, as a person and also his ability to play the game,” Dorsey said. “That’s why it’s exciting.”

While Fisher has the look _ he’s 6-foot-7, 306 pounds _ of an NFL left tackle, he said he’s willing to play wherever new coach Andy Reid puts him. That could mean starting off on the right side as a rookie and eventually switching over to protect the blindside of new quarterback Alex Smith.

“Watching three tackles come off in the first four picks, I think people knew they would go high, but nobody was expecting that,” Hunt said. “I think it shows that a lot of teams know that you have to win in the trenches, and we certainly feel that way.”

The Chiefs didn’t do much winning last season, going 2-14 to land a No. 1 pick for the first time in 50 years. But there’s a newfound sense of optimism hovering over the organization these days, and Fisher’s bring-it-on demeanor seems to be fitting right in.

“There are a lot of expectations to live up to,” he said, “and I’m the kind of guy that takes that on. Very seriously, I’m going to do everything in my power to be the best player and show everybody why I was the first pick. I will back that up the best I can.”


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