Coming out of Katy Texas as a 3 Star Recruit Paddy Fisher was the 44th ranked linebacker and only the 134th best player in the state of Texas. Fisher wasn’t highly recruited whose only Power 5 offers besides Northwestern were Baylor, Boston College, Iowa State, Kansas, Maryland, Wisconsin and Texas Tech. Fisher decided to head north to Evanston and the rest is history. In this NFL Draft Preview we take a look at what Paddy Fisher does well, what some of my concerns are and what his NFL outlook is.
What Paddy Fisher Does Well
With 227 tackles over the last two years you don’t just fall into those numbers and Paddy Fisher is able to rack up tackles because he has such good instincts. Being able to quickly diagnose plays giving him the advantage to get to the ball fast and sometimes before the blocker or to blow up screen passes. Using his length well (6’4) Fisher is able to take on blockers and still be able to come off and make tackles. Fisher isn’t a violent tackler who is going to lay bit hits, but he does look to wrap up the legs and drag down defenders.
Concerns about Paddy Fisher
The biggest concern when it comes to Fisher is he lacks good athletic ability. While Fisher is not a bad athlete but he lacks that sideline to sideline speed that some of the top linebacking prospects have. Now Fisher can slide laterally and attack the hole but he will struggle with speed to the edge and miss out on some plays because of it. Fisher’s able to compensate for it in ways because of his instincts and putting himself in the right position, but that can only take you so far.
It’s going to be hard to ignore Paddy Fisher’s tackle numbers and as he enters his redshirt junior year he’ll more than likely finish with another 100 plus tackle season. But we’ve seen guys like Scooby Wright and Tyler Matakevich both put up eye popping tackle numbers, but struggle to make an impact in the NFL because they lacked that athletic ability. Paddy Fisher is a much better athlete than both of those linebackers, but Fisher may just be a Day 2 pick that has starting potential but is more of a role player.