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Breaking down the draft: The top five picks

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1. Kansas City | Eric Fisher, T, Central Mich.

The speculation was the Chiefs loved Texas A&M tackle Luke Joeckel. Turns out it was a passing fancy. Fisher, at 6 feet 7, 306 pounds, is considered more of a physical run-blocker than Joeckel. But most analysts had them rated as the top two players available. Fisher becomes the first player from the Mid-American Conference selected No. 1 overall.

Quotable: "This is so surreal. I can't process what's going on right now."

2. Jacksonville Luke Joeckel, T, Texas A&M

The big issue is on which side Joeckel (6-6, 305) plays. The Jaguars have a left tackle in Eugene Monroe, the No. 8 overall pick in 2009. Joeckel hasn't played on the right since his junior year in high school. As a junior at A&M, he was an All-American, won the Outland (best interior lineman) and protected Heisman winner Johnny Manziel.

Quotable: "I understand playing right tackle. Eugene Monroe is a great player. I'm just trying to get on the field and help my team."

3. Miami (from Oakland) Dion Jordan, DE/LB, Oregon

The Dolphins, obviously, loved Jordan, moving up nine spots and giving up their second-round pick to get him. He is a bit of a hybrid and likely to play outside linebacker. He is considered a pass rush specialist. (He had 14½ sacks in 45 games with Oregon, but only five as a senior.) And questions remain about his versatility.

Quotable: "The trade, I wasn't expecting that. I'm surprised and very blessed."

4. Philadelphia Lane Johnson, T, Oklahoma

Johnson was an offensive lineman for only two seasons after playing QB, tight end and defensive end for the Sooners. He's not considered as strong as Fisher and Joeckel but is very athletic and a great lead blocker. His selection is just the second time three offensive linemen were among the first four players drafted (1968: Ron Yary, Bob Johnson and Russ Washington).

Quotable: "Going to tackle was a weird experience because I had been a skill-position player my whole life."

5. Detroit Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU

The native of Ghana is a relative newcomer to football, playing only since 2010. A big Senior Bowl (3½ tackles for loss, 11/2 sacks and a forced fumble) and impressive numbers at the scouting combine (including a 4.63 40-yard dash) elevated his stock. He recorded 62 tackles and 4½ sacks last season and is expected to join Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley on a star-studded Lions defensive front.

Quotable: "I know how dominant (Suh) is. I'll be very excited to be next to him."

     
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