Draft Profile: LB Paddy Fisher, Northwestern

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Pos. LB
Ht. 6’3 1/4″
Wt. 240
Class. 5SR
College. Northwestern
DOB. 1/23/98

Stats/Accolades/History:
2016: Redshirted
2017: 13 games. 111 tackles, 9 TFL, 1 int (4 yards), 4 FF, 3 pass break ups
2018: 14 games. 116 tackles, 5 TFL, 1 sack, 1 int (12 yards), 4 FF, 2 pass break ups
2019: 12 games. 88 tackles, 6 TFL, 1 sack, 1 int (7 yards), 1 FF, 3 pass break ups
2020: 9 games. 86 tackles, 4.5 TFL, 1 int, 1 FF, 1 FR, 2 pass break ups
Misc. Stats.

Accolades. 2017 Second team All-Big Ten, 2018 First team All Big-Ten, 2019 Second team All-Big Ten, 2020 First team All-BIg Ten, 2020 Butkus-Fitzgerald Linebacker of the Year

Injury History.

History. Three-star recruit from Katy, TX. Was All-State as a Senior at Katy, where he led his team to the 6A State Championship, and the Nations #1 rating.

Strengths: Ideal size. Smart and instinctive. Diagnoses very quickly. Quarterback of the defense. Good hand usage on blocks. Solid gap shooter who can make some plays in the backfield. Strong, wrap up tackler with a nose for the football. Vocal leader. Great football character.

Weaknesses: Limited athletically. Hips are stiff, feet are on the slower side, and he doesn’t have much explosion. Liability matching up man vs pretty much anyone. Has issues sidestepping blockers. Very limited as a rusher.

Overview: MIKE or SAM linebacker who will excel on special teams, and possible become a reliable two down linebacker. His athletic profile will always limit him, but he does make up with it with a great understanding of the position and the game.

Evaluation based on. Wisconsin 17′, Michigan St. 17′, Stanford 19′

Draft Projection: Mid Day 3

Draft Grade: 5.40

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