Oregon offensive tackle Jake Fisher has all the agility needed to be a dancing bear type offensive tackle in the NFL. As a former tight end, he has fast, strong hands coupled with more athleticism than many others at his position in the draft. He can block on multiple levels, showing great ability to engage and disengage with defenders as needed.
The current knock on Fisher is that he makes a lot of mental mistakes that result in penalties. If he’s slow off the snap, he gets grabby and that typically results in flags being thrown. He could also use some time in the weight room to get stronger, but that should come naturally as he keeps working on the transition from tight end to offensive tackle.
Aside from mental mistakes and technique issues that can be corrected by good coaching, Jake Fisher looks like the kind of player that could be a steal in the second round for a team looking for a swing offensive lineman that can be right or left tackle. Because of that kind of versatility, it’s even possible he gets his name called late in round 1.
Jan 12, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Oregon Ducks offensive lineman Jake Fisher (75) stands on field during the first quarter in the 2015 CFP National Championship Game at AT&T Stadium. Ohio State Buckeyes defeated Oregon Ducks 42-20. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
- Height: 6’6″
- Weight: 306 pounds
- Arm Length: 33 3/4″
- Hand Size: 10 3/8″
- 40 Yard Dash: 5.01 seconds
- Bench Press: 25 reps
- Vertical Jump: 32.5″
- Broad Jump: N/A
- 3 Cone Drill: 7.25 seconds
- 20 Yard Shuttle: 4.33 seconds
Jake Fisher is the #38 overall prospect in the 2015 NFL Draft according to CBS Sports and is the #8 overall offensive tackle available in the draft class. He is projected to be a late first to early second round draft pick.
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Fit For The Vikings
The Vikings have signed back Mike Harris, so depth at offensive tackle might not be a high priority for the team going into the draft. However, competition is always a good thing in the NFL.
While I really like what Jake Fisher brings to the table, I can’t see the Vikings taking an offensive tackle in the first or second round of the NFL Draft unless they can also compete for the left guard position. Because of that, I see Minnesota passing on him in the first round. I also believe that a team will grab him at the end of the first round, so the Vikings won’t get another chance at him. I don’t think Fisher will end up in Minnesota.
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