2019 Raiders Draft Prospect Profile
Name: Paddy Fisher
Weight: 241 pounds
Round Projection: 3-4
Although Fisher does not possess breathless burst, he arrives at the play. With sure strides and purpose, Fisher will make up his mind based on timing and location. More importantly, Fisher relies on his eyes and instinct to help him make the plays. Whether in coverage or stopping the run, Fisher uses whatever adequate speed at his disposal to get the job done. While he can fill the A gap on blitzes, Fisher will put heat on, but not get the passer down.
With all due respect, to his other traits, Fisher will see the field on his ability to make stops. From contact to whistle, Fisher’s strength stands out. With a vice-like grip, he gathers the ballcarrier. Before that, Fisher makes powerful contact. From that point, technique takes over. Like a surgeon, Fisher, dissects the target and where to strike. Due to his astute approach, Fisher brings variations of his tackles. If the opponent traces away, Fisher locates the target and corkscrews them into the ground. As mentioned. Fisher’s pop and fundamentals paid dividends. During his time at Northwestern, he forced seven fumbles. As a result, he can change possession quickly. Using a solid under/over punch, Fisher will rip at the ball while making the sound play.
Despite functional speed, Fisher displays the dexterity to fly through the wash and make the play. When encountering moving linemen, Fisher slips and slides out from their block attempt. While his quicks do not register as outstanding, Fisher can string together great agile steps.
While on the inside, Fisher will streak to the boundary and cleanup the play. Few ILB present that ceiling and ability to fight for every inch on every down.
If you look at the Raiders at linebackers, you see a mediocre blend. Now, some may say that the team will address middle linebacker before the secondary. Yet, if we all admit, that Reggie McKenzie eschews early round linebacker talent. Meanwhile, Fisher fits the Raiders perfectly. In essence, he gives the team an ILB to slot on the inside. Then, watch Fisher, he makes just about every tackle. Oakland needs linebackers that can actually securing the stop. In addition, with Melvin, Gordon, Kareem Hunt, and Phillip Lindsay, the Raiders need to give Fisher a hard look.