Offensive tackle Eric Fisher became the sixth offensive lineman to go No. 1 in the draft, and no running back went in the entire first round for the first time in 50 years. The first pick has been a quarterback or running back in 54 of 84 NFL drafts, but a study by Breitbart Sports shows that the linebackers and offensive lineman taken first have produced many more Pro Bowl seasons (see table below).
|Position||No. 1||Pro Bowls||Ave||Two with most Pro Bowls|
|Linebackers||4||21||5.3||Chuck Bednarik 8, Tommy Nobis 5|
|Offensive line||6||21||4.2||Orlando Pace 7, Ron Yary 7|
|Receivers||6||16||2.7||Irving Fryar 15, Keyshawn Johnson 11|
|Defensive line||13||25||1.9||Bruce Smith 11, Buck Buchanan 8|
|Quarterbacks||31||53||1.7||Peyton Manning 11, John Elway 10|
|Running backs||23||34||1.5||OJ Simpson 6, Earl Campbell 5|
|Defensive back||1||0||0.0||Gary Glick 0|
The five previous offensive linemen to go No. 1 have made 21 Pro Bowls, or an average of 4.2 per player. The average running back taken No. 1 have produced only 1.5 Pro Bowls, with even OJ Simpson (6) and Earl Campbell (5) breaking down after just a handful of elite seasons.
The Chiefs have a great chance to get great production from Eric Fisher, and with this track record there is little surprise the top four picks included three offensive lineman and a linebacker.
Just eight years ago, two running backs from the same team (Cadillac Williams and Ronnie Brown of Auburn) were among the Top 5 players picked, and the next year most were shocked running back Reggie Bush did not go first. Here is a list of the top running back picked in each of the last nine years:
|Year||Top RB||Picked by||Player||Team|
|2012||3||Cleveland Browns||Trent Richardson||Alabama|
|2011||28||New Orleans Saints||Mark Ingram||Alabama|
|2010||9||Buffalo Bills||C.J. Spiller||Clemson|
|2009||12||Denver Broncos||Knowshon Moreno||Georgia|
|2008||4||Oakland Raiders||Darren McFadden||Arkansas|
|2007||7||Minnesota Vikings||Adrian Peterson||Oklahoma|
|2006||2||New Orleans Saints||Reggie Bush||USC|
|2005||2||Miami Dolphins||Ronnie Brown||Auburn|
|2004||24||St. Louis Rams||Steven Jackson||Oregon State|