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Jake Fisher, the senior offensive tackle from the Oregon Ducks, enters the 2015 NFL Draft after starting the last three seasons in the Pac-12. In 2014, Fisher missed several games due to a sprained left knee, but returned to man the left tackle position en route to First Team All-American honors (FWAA) and First Team All-Pac12 recognition. It was the first season that Fisher played on the left side. Prior to 2014, Fisher started 23 games at right tackle, earning Honorable Mention All-Conference accolades in both 2013 and 2012. Physically, Fisher presents with an appealing frame for the tackle position. His arms checked-in just under 34″ and at 6’6″ and a solid 306 lbs, Fisher is a naturally big man who carries his weight well. He’s tall and athletic looking and still possesses growth potential as he evolves through is pro career. Fisher is a very good athlete with good body control and fluid feet. He possesses good initial quickness out of his stance at the snap of the ball. He has enough range to get to the corner versus speed rushers and has an innate, natural level of strength that stonewalls defenders in their tracks. While he needs to improve his initial punch (he tends to catch and absorb rather than uncoil and jolt), his power and ability to anchor is among the best in the class (despite lacking proper hand position). Fisher is a sound pass protector who sits well in his stance, has a good initial kick-step and can shuffle and slide well. That said, he tends to lose versus speedy defenders that cross his face; He struggles to change directions quickly and consistently. Fisher has heavy hands; When he gets a good fit on the defender, the play is pretty much over. In the run game, Fisher displays enough athleticism and body control to successfully pull and get to the second level. He’s not a lumbering big man; He moves very well and takes efficient steps when working in space. He’s an effective step and sealer and he possesses enough range to reach defenders off his frame. When engaged, Fisher overpowers his opponent. He creates a strong jolt and plays with good overall pad level and leverage while keeping his feet moving and driving the defender away from the aiming point. At this point, he appears to be a better fit in an in-line power scheme, but he has enough athletic ability to project as a solid contributor to a ZBS as well.
BOTTOM LINE: Jake Fisher is one of the strongest and most powerful tackle prospects in the class. While he’s not a mauler in the traditional sense, he possesses top-tier base strength needed to anchor versus NFL defensive linemen. He never seems to be overwhelmed a the POA from a power perspective. His biggest flaw right now is his barely average ability to mirror defenders, as he could be a liability on the edge versus crafty and speedy pass rushers that have an arsenal of counter moves. On the next level, Fisher will likely begin his career as a right tackle but it wouldn’t surprise me if he eventually matures into a blind-side protector. Some project him as a guard, but I think he possesses more than adequate athleticism to be a highly productive starting NFL tackle.
GRADE: 8.0 (First Round)
-Submitted by Bryan Perez (@FirstRoundGrade)