At some point during the predraft process, the Bengals hosted Oregon offensive tackle Jake Fisher in Cincinnati. Prior to that, Bengals offensive line coach Paul Alexander attended Oregon's pro day in Eugene (with hilarious interest).
#Bengals OL coach Paul Alexander among those guiding Jake Fisher through the positional drills. pic.twitter.com/axQFbH5tRr— Rob Rang (@RobRang) March 12, 2015
During his one-and-done mock draft, Peter King with Sports Illustrated writes that the Bengals "love Fisher" and that "ace line coach Paul Alexander could mold the quick-footed Fisher into a long-term left tackle" if Andrew Whitworth leaves for free agency (stop that!).
Obviously he has Cincinnati picking Fisher at No. 21 overall. "Fisher’s biggest problem is he can’t overpower anyone yet," King writes. "One of the most penalized tackles in 2015 draft class over last two seasons, including six holding calls during 2014 season," writes his draft page at NFL.com. Jermaine Gresham, who could return to Cincinnati if there are no other free agency risk-takers, could feel even more insecure at this knowledge.
This guy is a Paul Alexander project... And how have those gone for the Bengals?
Neither Mel Kiper Jr. or Todd McShay (ESPN) have Fisher going in the first round, Rob Rang (CBS Sports) has him going at No. 39 and Dane Brugler sends him to Indianapolis at No. 29. Pete Prisco, Will Brinson and Josh Norris didn't include Fisher in the first round either.