BBD Contributor: Nat Jordan
Evaluating offensive prospects from Oregon is always difficult because unless they are drafted by Chip Kelly and the Philadelphia Eagles, their NFL offensive system will differ drastically from the Ducks offense. Many have raised concerns about the legitimacy of quarterback Marcus Mariota, the 2014 Heisman Trophy winner and potentially the 2015 NFL draft’s No. 1 pick, arguing that he plays in an offense where receivers are often wide open and anybody can complete passes.
Offensive tackle Jake Fisher falls into the same trap. Mariota doesn’t drop back a lot to pass, and the line is almost never asked to form a true pocket for longer than two or three seconds. We can only judge Fisher’s ability in pass protection from the first couple of steps he takes. Is he good, or is he good for two seconds?
Fisher was a backup guard in 2011, his freshman season, but got reps in 13 games. He became the starter at right tackle in 2012, and kept that role all the way up to this season, when he moved over to the left to protect Mariota’s blind side after an injury to Tyler Johnstone. This year, he’s burst himself onto the NFL draft scene with some eyebrow-raising performances at left tackle against top teams, including most recently the Florida State Seminoles.