One prospect who may interest the Denver Broncos in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft is former Oregon Duck offensive lineman Jake Fisher. He is a 6'6 306lb lineman who is considered one of the better offensive tackle prospects in the entire 2015 NFL Draft. Fisher is rated as the 38th overall prospect by CBS Sports and is ranked as the 6th overall offensive tackle prospect in the 2015 NFL Draft.
Fisher spent the majority of his career at Oregon at the right tackle position. However, because of the injury to left tackle Tyler Johnstone, Fisher was shifted over to the left side of the ball and performed very well. Fisher has started 35 games for the Oregon Ducks.
Offensive Tackle, Senior, Oregon
Height: 6'6 Weight: 306lbs 40 time: 5.01 seconds(Top performer at the NFL Combine)
Arm length: 33 3/4" Hands: 10 3/8"
Bench Press: 25 reps Vertical Jump: 32.5 inches(Top performer at the NFL Combine)
3 Cone Drill: 7.25 seconds(Top performer at the NFL Combine) 20 Yard Shuttle: 4.33 seconds(Top performer at the NFL Combine)
Oregon vs. Ohio State(National Championship Game)
- Athletic. Fisher is a former tight end and moves well. Good initial quickness at the snap of the ball.
- Fisher sustains blocks and keeps good balance.
- Keeps a wide base and mirrors well.
- Gets to the second level quick. Transitions well from initial block to the second level.
- Has good knee bend and balance which helps him anchor well.
- A very good double team blocker. Releases from one target to hit another defender.
- Blue collar player. Fisher is a selfless, passionate, and versatile player.
- Fisher is versatile. Can play either tackle position and can move inside to guard as well.
- Fisher was one of the most penalized offensive tackles in the 2015 draft class over the last two seasons. Was called for six holding calls in 2014.
- Not a powerful player.
- Plays a little too wide in the passing game which leaves him open to the bull rush.
- Needs to spend time in the weight room to add bulk.
- Not an elite athlete.
Does Fisher fit with the Broncos?:
Gary Kubiak covets a certain type of tackle for his offense and Jake Fisher is that kind of tackle so Denver could be a landing spot for him— Lance Zierlein (@LanceZierlein) March 21, 2015
Fisher fits perfectly with a zone based team. He has the skill set, athleticism, and footwork to fit in Gary Kubiak's zone-blocking scheme.
Fisher could fill multiple roles in Denver if drafted. He could step in and play right tackle day one if Michael Schofield doesn't pan out at right tackle. If Schofield does take the reigns at right tackle, Fisher could shift inside to left guard and help replace Orlando Franklin. Also, Fisher could be Ryan Clady's heir apparent at left tackle.
I think Fisher will be available for the Broncos when they pick at 28. Some believe he's a mid to late second round pick, but I disagree. ESPN's Draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. believes Fisher will be a late first round pick as well.
"Jake Fisher, right now, is probably a guy that’s moved up as much as anybody the last couple months. … He was projected to be more a second-round pick, but it wouldn’t surprise me if he went in the 25-to-32 range."
Fisher to the Broncos makes too much sense if you ask me. He fits Gary Kubiak's scheme perfectly, would fill multiple needs, and should be available when the Broncos pick at 28.