At the heart of Northwestern’s recent run of success was linebacker Paddy Fisher.
In his sophomore season, Fisher stuffed the stat sheet. He was second on the team with 103 total tackles and led the Wildcats with three forced fumbles. Add in an interception and 4.5 tackles for loss, and it’s clear that Fisher was a difference maker for Northwestern.
The analytics realm believes in Fisher as well. His 90.6 Pro Football Focus run defense grade ranks in the top ten for linebackers. Fisher is a big-bodied linebacker who won’t be afraid to play downhill and meet running backs at the line of scrimmage.
On the surface, the Buccaneers linebacking corps should be in decent shape next season. The Bucs should bring back Kwon Alexander, and a healthy Kendell Beckwith will be alongside All-Pro backer Lavonte David to create a solid trio.
However, Tampa Bay has little depth at the position. The coaching staff would have someone else to turn to rather than signing players off the couch.