In an NFL Draft deep with talented offensive linemen, the Chiefs made quite a statement with the first overall pick Thursday night in bypassing the ones from larger schools and selecting tackle Eric Fisher of Central Michigan.

The Chiefs showed no fear in making a Mid-American Conference player the No. 1 pick for the first time ever.

“You wanted to come out with what you felt was the best player and that’s what we did,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. “We made the evaluation. We went and visited him. We watched all of his workouts. We watched their games. Eric had an opportunity to play against Iowa and Michigan State, which are large schools.

“I know the caliber of football player that plays in the MAC and that’s good football. People look at it as a lower level but they compete against everybody and they win a lot of games. There’s been some great players to come out of that conference and here’s another one. I will tell you whatever he was presented with — he had the Senior Bowl in there — whatever he was presented, he played well and so we went off of that.”

The Chiefs project the 6-foot-7, 306-pound Fisher to be their left tackle and protector of quarterback Alex Smith’s blind side over the long term. His immediate future is clouded by the presence of left tackle Branden Albert, who has been the subject of trade talks with the Miami Dolphins but still remains property of the Chiefs as their franchise player.

Trade talks with Miami were put on hold Thursday. They will resume Friday in advance of the second and third rounds but they are complicated by the fact the Dolphins on Thursday traded away the first of their two second-round selections (No. 42 overall) and their first-round pick (No. 12) to Oakland for the No. 3 pick.

After trading up, Miami drafted Oregon linebacker Dion Jordan. The Chiefs are without a second-round pick after trading it to San Francisco to acquire Smith. They’re scheduled to pick 63rd and 96th overall in round three Friday. The Dolphins hold the No. 54 overall pick.

When asked late Thursday whether he would accept that choice in exchange for Albert, Chiefs general manager John Dorsey said: "I don't know. That's an unknown until something happens."