The Eagles will have at least one opening on the offensive line heading into the NFL Draft. Despite having some competent, replacement level talent on the roster to compete for the spot in training camp, the team could look to upgrade in April. A lot is made of the Eagles interest in Marcus Mariota, but Oregon offensive lineman Jake Fisher may be the more likely option when it comes to former Ducks.
Fisher played tight end and defensive end in high school. A Traverse City, Mich. native, Fisher was ranked as the No. 25 offensive tackle in the country by Scout.com. He committed to Oregon in 2011 and played in 13 games as a true freshman. He served as the reserve right guard in his first season with the Ducks.
As a sophomore, Chip Kelly promoted Fisher to starting right tackle as he appeared in 13 games (11 starts). As a junior, Fisher started 12-of-13 games at right tackle. He was awarded first-team All-Pac 12 honors after starting 13 games at left tackle. He was also voted a third-time All-American.
Weight: 306 lbs.
Arm Length: 33 3/4"
Hands: 10 3/8"
40: 5.01 secs. (Second among OL in 2015)
Bench: 25 reps
Vertical Jump: 32.5 inch (Tied for second among OL in 2015)
3-Cone: 7.25 sec (First among OL in 2015)
Shuttle: 4.33 sec (First among OL in 2015)
Fisher has great size and length for the position. He is extremely athletic and is quick off the line, with the ability to hit the second level faster than most in the class. Fisher has quality hips and is able to block well in space. He has good lateral movement and a great base. He uses his arms very well and stays active until the whistle is blown.
Fisher isn't the most aggressive blocker. He tends to welcome contact as oppose to seeking it out and that can sometimes hurt him against speed rushers. He could stand to improve in run blocking. He is a finesse blocker and needs to get a bit stronger to be a more consistent run blocker.
Fisher is a player that Kelly is very familiar with and he likely knows the prospect better than anyone else at the NFL level. While some view Fisher as a rising star in the draft process, Kelly likely hasn't had to pay that much attention to his ascent as he watched the player in practice for two years. If the Eagles choose to avoid a quarterback or playmaker in the first two rounds, Fisher may be the most ideal candidate for the starting guard spot. Fisher could potentially kick outside when Jason Peters retires.