By: Steve Johnson
Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
*Combine measurements and drills will be added in Feb.
2016: 12 games. 65 tackles, 22 TFL, 5 sacks, 2 FF, 6 pass break ups
2017: 12 games. 73 tackles, 16.5 TFL, 5.5 sacks, 2 FF, 1 FR, 3 pass break ups
Accolades: 2015 USA Today All-American, 2016 AAC All-Freshmen Team, 2016 AAC Freshmen of the Year, 2016 First-team All-AAC, 2016 First-team All-American, 2017 First-team All-AAC, 2017 AAC Defensive Player of the Year, 2017 First-team All-American, 2017 Outland Trophy,
History: Five-star recruit from Houston, Oliver became the first Five-star to commit to a non Power Five school. Has declared for the 2019 NFL Draft, will forego his Senior season.
Strengths: Incredible first-step quickness. An elite athlete. Power/speed/agility combo. Strong hand usage, tosses linemen consistently. Disruptive penetrator. Good pad level, gets under pads and shoots gaps. Quick, natural feet, can loop and stunt. Excellent range, keeps working to the football. Great motor.
Weaknesses: Slightly undersized, a little thin. Curious to see how he measures in terms of length. Needs to add bulk, but will that slow him down? Played against inferior competition. Solely a 3-technique one gap player, doesn’t have the length for 5T or mass for 1T.
Overview: An elite one gap penetrator, Oliver is a plug and play starter in a base 4-3 defense. One of the most athletic DTs in recent memory, he is a lock to be a top 5 pick.
Draft Projection: Top 5 Pick
Phanaddict Draft Grade: TBD
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