Eric Fisher's stock kept rising until it could not rise any higher.
The Central Michigan University left tackle and Stoney Creek graduate was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs with the No. 1 overall pick of the NFL Draft Thursday night, a pick announced by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell officially at 8:16 p.m.
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reported at approximately 4:55 p.m. via a tweet that a source with knowledge of the situation stated that the Chiefs were going to take Fisher No. 1 overall and that is exactly how things transpired.
In what is arguably the biggest story in the history of Central Michigan University athletics, Fisher will man one of the two tackle spots next year on the Kansas City offensive line. Currently, Branden Albert is the Chiefs' left tackle but reports are out that Kansas City is working on trading him to open up a spot for Fisher.
"I can't even process what is going on right now,' said Fisher immediately after his selection in an interview with ESPN's Suzy Kolber. "The fact that I'm the No. 1 overall pick, I just can't understand what is going on right now. But what an honor. What an honor. I have a great opportunity and am pumped to be a Chief.'
Fisher also said to Kolber in the minutes leading up to Goodell announcing him as the selection that his phone was blowing up with various Kansas City staff members.
"All the coaches, the GM, the owner,' said Fisher. "I talked to a lot of people. It was kind of scary because my phone went off or something and then they called back. But thank God that the call was made.'
The previous highest selection of a Central Michigan University football player was left tackle Joe Staley, taken by the San Francisco 49ers in 2007 at No. 28. Byron Leftwich is the previous highest Mid-American Conference selection as he went seventh in 2003.
Fisher, a 6-foot-8 and 310-product of Stoney Creek High School, has had a meteoric rise to the top of NFL Draft charts. He never played at a weight greater than 238 pounds in high school and came to Central Michigan as a two-star recruit with just one year of prep experience on the offensive line.
While at Central Michigan, Fisher made two starts as a true freshman in 2009 at left tackle. He then made nine starts in 2010, four coming at right tackle with another two at right guard and three at left tackle. He then found a permanent home at left tackle for his junior campaign, starting the first 10 games that season before missing the last two with a leg injury.
He had very little fanfare as a junior, while coming into his senior season he was looked at as possibly a fringe first-round prospect.
He solidified himself as a probable first rounder with outstanding and consistent play as a senior at CMU, but in the Senior Bowl in January he turned plenty of heads in NFL circles and that is where the whispers started of him as a possible top-five pick. Those sentiments only grew when he excelled at the NFL Combine along with the few drills he took part in at Central Michigan's Pro Day in March.
Even with a very strong junior season, Fisher only earned third-team All-Mid American Conference honors as it probably did not help that CMU finished with a 3-9 record for the second year in a row.
But with his massive size and NFL-ready footwork, it was only a matter of time that Fisher really drew the attention of both NFL Draft experts in terms of mock drafts along with actual NFL personnel. He was named second-team All-American after his 2012 season by SI.com and was a third-team AP All-American as the mid-major status of Central Michigan could not keep him off either list. In addition, he was first-team All-MAC for the first time in his career.
In starting all 13 games for the Chippewas at left tackle, he was a major contributor on an offensive line that helped lead the way to 6.2 yards per play which was second-best in the MAC. Central Michigan scored 30 or more points in 10 of its 13 games and made a bowl game for the second time in Fisher's tenure as the Chippewas downed Western Kentucky 24-21 in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl.
Kansas City struggled to a 2-14 record in 2012, a tumultuous season that saw numerous injuries and poor quarterback play leading to the derailment of the year. Head coach Romeo Crennel and general manager Scott Pioli were fired following the season, while former Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid and former Green Bay Packers executive John Dorsey were hired as replacements.