By: Steve Johnson
Paddy Fisher, LB, Northwestern
*Combine measurements and drills will be added in Feb.
2017: 13 games. 111 tackles, 9 TFL, 1 int, 4 yards, 4 FF, 3 pass break ups
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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