Updated Thu, Apr 25, 2013 10:07 pm
With the first overall selection in the 2013 NFL Draft in New York City’s Radio City Music Hall, the Kansas City Chiefs selected Eric Fisher, an offensive lineman from Central Michigan.
It was the first time in Mid-American Conference history that a player from the conference was chosen with the No. 1 overall selection.
Fisher was an AP Third Team All-American and SI.com Second Team All-American this season, as well as being named First Team All-MAC.
Fisher also made MAC history by becoming the third athlete from the conference to be drafted with the first overall selection in a professional league. Steve Zakuani from Akron was chosen first in the 2009 Major League Soccer’s SuperDraft, and Ball State pitcher Bryan Bullington was chosen No. 1 by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 2002 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
The conference has now had 14 players drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft, with Randy Moss and Ben Roethlisberger being the most notable. Byron Leftwich was chosen No. 7 in the 2003 NFL Draft, which was the highest before Fisher.