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Meet The Prospect: OL Jake Fisher

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There are just 47 days until the 2015 NFL Draft. Our Meet the Prospect feature will introduce fans to the players projected to be this year's top selections. How will we select the players to spotlight? Easy. You, the fans, get to decide. Tag #EaglesDraft with the name of the draft hopeful you want to learn more about. Who did you pick for today's profile?

There may be no prospect in this year's NFL Draft who better profiles as a potential selection for the Eagles than offensive lineman Jake Fisher. Position of need? Check. Played for Chip Kelly? Check. Requisite athleticism? Check.

A standout tight end in high school, Fisher moved to the offensive line at Oregon, earning playing time as a reserve tackle and guard as a true freshman. He took over as the starting right tackle the following year, Kelly's final season as head coach of the Ducks. After playing right tackle again as a junior, Fisher moved to left tackle in 2014, earning All-Pac 12 honors and a third-team All-America nod. He was considered a leader for the Oregon offense.

"He's a little bit of a calming factor over there on the left side," Oregon offensive line coach Steve Greatwood said in 2014. "Jake gives us some leadership back there that I think was missing (when Fisher missed two games with an injury)."

Aside from his playing background, the 6-foot-6, 306-pound Fisher could intrigue the Eagles because of his impressive athleticism. Fisher's performance at the NFL Scouting Combine was the standout among offensive linemen. Among offensive linemen, Fisher ranked second in the 40-yard dash (5.01 seconds), second in the vertical jump (32.5 inches), first in the three-cone (7.25 seconds) and first in the 20-yard shuttle (4.33 seconds).  

Despite his relative lack experience along the offensive line (four years), Fisher is considered one of the more pro-ready linemen in the draft. The consensus expectation is that he could likely compete for a starting job as a rookie, perhaps as a guard, before eventually moving outside to tackle. There may be no prospect in this year's NFL Draft who better profiles as a potential selection for the Eagles than offensive lineman Jake Fisher. Position of need? Check. Played for Chip Kelly? Check. Requisite athleticism? Check.

A standout tight end in high school, Fisher moved to the offensive line at Oregon, earning playing time as a reserve tackle and guard as a true freshman. He took over as the starting right tackle the following year, Kelly's final season as head coach of the Ducks. After playing right tackle again as a junior, Fisher moved to left tackle in 2014, earning All-Pac 12 honors and a third-team All-America nod. He was considered a leader for the Oregon offense.

"He's a little bit of a calming factor over there on the left side," Oregon offensive line coach Steve Greatwood said in 2014. "Jake gives us some leadership back there that I think was missing (when Fisher missed two games with an injury)."

Aside from his playing background, the 6-foot-6, 306-pound Fisher could intrigue the Eagles because of his impressive athleticism. Fisher's performance at the NFL Scouting Combine was the standout among offensive linemen. Among offensive linemen, Fisher ranked second in the 40-yard dash (5.01 seconds), second in the vertical jump (32.5 inches), first in the three-cone (7.25 seconds) and first in the 20-yard shuttle (4.33 seconds).  

Despite his relative lack experience along the offensive line (four years), Fisher is considered one of the more pro-ready linemen in the draft. The consensus expectation is that he could likely compete for a starting job as a rookie, perhaps as a guard, before eventually moving outside to tackle.

Scouting Report From NFL.com

Former tight end who moves easily and naturally. Good initial quickness to reach cross-face blocks. Finisher in zone game. Can sustain blocks with proper hip roll and balance through contact. Keeps base wide and uses choppy, controlled steps in pass sets. Mirrors well and has feet to shut down stunts inside. Well-timed and effortless transition from initial block to second-level assignment. Adjusts with good change of direction. Fights back with resolution after losing a rep to defender. Understands how to create leverage advantages with angles and footwork.

If you are a zone-based team looking for an athletic, well-schooled tackle who can come in and compete for a starting position right away, then Fisher is your guy. He has the feet to play the left side and is savvy enough in the run game to man the right side. He needs more weight on his frame, but guard is also an option for Fisher. -- Lance Zierlein

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