It's clear that the Cincinnati Bengals are rebuilding on the offensive line, selecting Oregon offensive tackle Jake Fisher at No. 53 overall (their second round pick). The selection gives Cincinnati two offensive tackles with their first two picks of the 2015 NFL draft. With offensive line coach Paul Alexander attending Oregon's pro day and the team hosting Fisher this month, the Bengals's interest in Fisher has been known for some time.
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. "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. This guy is a Paul Alexander project... And how have those gone for the Bengals?
Mayock: "He’s got a little bit of an edge to him" - said Fisher will play through the whistle. #Bengals— Jim Owczarski (@JimOwczarski) May 2, 2015
No doubt Fisher was highest player rated left on board for #Bengals - they were ready to take him in 1st round if need be.— Jim Owczarski (@JimOwczarski) May 2, 2015
Marvin Lewis acknowledges that, as expected, Jake Fisher was the top-rated player still on their big board. Reason he was picked. #CINpick— Coley Harvey (@ColeyHarvey) May 2, 2015
Marvin Lewis: "he was we felt the best player we had ranked and find a way to fit him in."— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) May 2, 2015
Hue: Fisher is athletic, tough and understands how to play the game. Added two very good offensive linemen to the stable we have. #Bengals— Jay Morrison (@JayMorrisonCMG) May 2, 2015
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.