Draft Profile: LB Paddy Fisher, Northwestern

By: Steve Johnson

Paddy Fisher, LB, Northwestern

6’4 241

arms, hands *Updated during combine

RS Junior


DNP 40 DNP″ Vert. DNP″ Broad Jump. DNP Bench Reps. DNP 3 Cone Drill DNP 20 yard Shuttle *Updated during combine


2016: (redshirted)

2017: 13 games. 111 tackles, 9 TFL, 1 int, 4 yards, 4 FF, 3 pass break ups



Misc. Stats:

Accolades: 2017 Third-team All-Big Ten, 2017 Big Ten Freshman Defensive Player


History: Three-star recruit out of Katy, TX. All-State selection and Class 6A Division II Texas State Championship.

Strengths: Excellent size. Strong at the point of attack. Good hand technician to disengage. Does a good job spinning out of blocks. Natural knee bender that can bring a pop. Better range than you’d expect from a guy his size. Really good in pursuit, offers the same disengage ability in space as he does in the box. Good lateral quickness, light on feet. Good eyes and understanding of windows in zone coverage.

Weaknesses: Isn’t an elite athlete. Needs to do a better job wrapping up. Was not tasked with man coverage very often (in limited tape). Still inexperienced. Bites on hard play-action from time to time.

Overview: A big and strong middle linebacker that could play inside in either 30 or 40 fronts. Fisher can move for a LB of his size, providing good lateral and long speed, as well as a good backpedal and eyes in zone coverage.

Draft Projection: Top 50 Pick

Phanaddict Draft Grade: TBD

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