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Joeckel won the Outland Trophy as the nation’s top interior lineman after protecting Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel so successfully last season. Fisher was a third-team All-American who shot up draft boards with an eye-opening performance at the NFL’s scouting combine.
"With Joeckel, the floor is extremely high. I can’t imagine him coming in and being a bust," said ESPN college football analyst Todd McShay. "Fisher is not as technically sound. You also don’t see consistently the tape against top competition. That’s nothing that Fisher has done. He can only play who he can play. But I just think Joeckel to me has the highest floor of the three.
"Who knows what Kansas City thinks," McShay said, "but to me that seems to be the right pick, because there is very little bust potential when it comes to Joeckel."
Dorsey and new Chiefs coach Andy Reid have refused to give any indication of who they might pick Thursday night, assuming they still have the No. 1 selection. The only thing they’ve made clear is that they intend to choose whoever they believe is the best player.
"It’s the first pick in the draft," Dorsey said. "I look at it as a positive because what it is, is you get a shot at the best player in the draft."
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