AnalysisFisher was one of the big surprises at the Combine in Indianapolis. He tested exceptionally well and looked good in drills. At 6-foot-6, 306-pounds he ran a blazing forty of 5.01. He backed that up with a 32.5-inch vertical jump and 4.33 20-yard shuttle. Fisher plays with good leverage in the run game and shows nimble feet and balance when mirroring pass rushers. He’s quick off the ball and knows how to use his hands. Fisher played both tackle positions at Oregon.
Dave-Te' Thomas Player Evaluation
Instant Analysis from Scout's Jamie Newberg:
The Bengals grab another offensive tackle in Jake Fisher. He was one of the big surprises at the Combine in Indianapolis. He tested exceptionally well and looked good in drills. At 6-foot-6, 306-pounds he ran a blazing forty of 5.01. He backed that up with a 32.5-inch vertical jump and 4.33 20-yard shuttle. Fisher plays with good leverage in the run game and shows nimble feet and balance when mirroring pass rushers. He’s quick off the ball and knows how to use his hands. Fisher played both tackle positions at Oregon. He looks like an ideal fit for Cincinnati as they appear to have landed bookend tackles with Fisher and Cedric Ogbuehi.
Report from NFL Scouting Services' Dave-Te' Thomas:
One of the main reasons was the steady play of their left tackle, who delivered eighteen touchdown-resulting blocks and 98 knockdowns to guide the team to an 11-0 record with Jake Fisher in the lineup. The former right tackle took over duties on the left side this season and is regarded as the team’s fastest blocker. With a highly mobile quarterback in Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota, Ducks blockers need to have above average foot speed and lateral agility to provide protection for a passer often on the move.
Fisher is also very versatile, having started 22 games at right tackle during the 2012-13 schedules. He originally joined the program as a guard. He lacks consistent explosion and drive off the ball, but has good balance and ability to stay on his feet after contact. He flashes a strong hand punch, but while he keeps good position, he needs to add more power in order to drive block with consistency (tries to run his feet, but needs to improve lower strength).
In the run game, he stays low in his pads and uses his long arms to get movement and root out the defender. He is very good at reading and reacting to the action in front of him. His foot agility allows him to slide, adjust and maintain position on his man in the short area. He is not the most fluid runner working in space, but has improved his flexibility, body control and sink-ability.
The first thing you notice on film is Fisher’s ability to explode off the snap. He has good quickness getting into the second level. He also displays a strong base, along with the suddenness to get his hands into the defender. He is light on his feet for a player of his size, showing quick reactions to combat any defensive movement.
Whether lining up in a two- or three-point stance, he can set up to protect the edge with good urgency, but must be conscious of maintaining a wide base, as he tends to get too upright and narrow at times, which allow defenders to slip inside with a quick swim move.
Fisher is a hard object to move out when he plants his feet firmly at the point of attack He does a solid job executing reach blocks and maintaining position when working in-line. He could use more bulk to clear out and maintain the rush lanes, but shows quick feet in his kick slide. For some reason, he seems to struggle getting low in his stance to generate leverage on the move, but he has the reach and extension ability to cover defenders up at the line of scrimmage.
Fisher shows much better explosion with his hands coming off the snap, but will tend to lean and use his body more than gain proper hand placement. When he stays low in his stance, he is effective at getting under the defender’s pads to jolt the opponent, but he needs to do a more consistent job with sitting, as he is prone to locking his feet and getting too upright in his stance.
Fisher is not asked to pull and trap much, but has the quickness to turn it up on the second level defenders. He is athletic and smooth in his movements and has the body control to execute blocks in space, but needs to maintain proper pad level working in the second level, but there are times where he will get too tall in his stance, causing his base to narrow.
Fisher can extend, jolt and shock the opponent when he gets his hands on them, but needs to do it with more consistency. He is strong on top, but still learning the proper technique for grabbing, getting caught for holding four times in 2014. He can stun people with his punch and control the point of attack, but while he flashes good arm extension in-line, he fails to maintain that extension blocking on the move. He also must be more alert to the cadence, as he was prone to jumping off-side the second half of the 2014 schedule.
Jake Fisher NFL Scouting Combine measurable
6-6/306 (5.01 forty)
33 3/4-inch arm length
10 3/8-inch hands
32.5-inch vertical jump
7.25 3 cone drill
4.33 20 yard shuttle
Dave-Te’ Thomas is a sports writer, talent evaluator and scouting personnel consultant for a majority of teams in the National Football League. Thomas runs a scouting information service called NFL Scouting Services and produces THE NFL Draft Report, a publication provided by league headquarters to the media in preparation for the NFL Draft.
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