Colts Meeting with Oregon Lineman Jake Fisher
By Evan Reller
Despite making it rain in free agency, the Indianapolis Colts still have a lot of positions to address. One of those positions that draft analysts believe the Colts will make a pick with is along the offensive line.
This week, they’re bringing in Oregon offensive tackle Jake Fisher according to recent reports.
Fisher was an anchor along the Oregon offensive line during his four years there. He started 35 games for the Ducks and made appearances in 51. While he played left tackle his senior year, he’s a more natural fit at right tackle in the NFL.
Fisher has prototypical size for the position at 6-6 and 306 pounds, but his arm length isn’t quite what you want from your standard left tackle. He certainly has the athleticism and moves very well to play left or right tackle.
He shows promise when it comes to both run and pass blocking. In pass blocking Fisher can struggle when rusher change style and sometimes gets out of position. He is also very quick moving laterally and can handle speed rushers who try and sneak around him. On rush plays, Fisher has a quick first step and seals his man well but sometimes takes bad blocking angles when he gets to the second level.
The Colts seem to have mixed feelings on Gosder Cherilus. In 2013, he played very well at right tackle. In 2014, he was playing through injury all season long and struggled before being put on IR in the playoffs.
Cherilus has three more years left on his contract but he’s due $9.9 million in 2016 and $10.4 million in 2017.
With those kinds of numbers, the Colts might be looking to get out from under his contract following this season. Fisher would be a very good fit and he projects as a second round pick. The problem is that he likely won’t be available at 61 and taking him in the first round would be a reach.