By: Steve Johnson
Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
6’1 7/8″ 287lbs
31 3/4″ arms. 9 1/4″ hands.
DNP 40 36″ Vert. 120″ Broad Jump. 32 Bench Reps.
DNP 3 Cone Drill DNP 20 yard Shuttle
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
2018: 8 games. 54 tackles, 14.5 TFL, 3 sacks, 1 FF, 2 pass break ups
Misc. Stats: 1 rush att for 1 yard TD in 2017
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, 2018 Consensus All-American,
Injuries: Suffered a knee injury and missed a couple games in 2018.
History: Five-star recruit from Houston. He attended Westfield High School. 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 upper body. 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 in the lower half. Length is lacking, and has small hands. Needs to add bulk, but will that slow him down? Can get pushed out out his gap by double teams. Pass rush skills need to be coached up. Lacks some play recognition skills and can be caught out of position on play action. Only 13.5 sacks in 32 career games, you’d expect him to dominate that conference. 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, who showed he at least has the weight room strength at the combine. However, he has average eyes and he allows too many holes in the run game. Whether that’s him getting blown up on down blocks or getting too far up field, he needs to be more controlled and a stronger lower half. A good defensive mind can use him in multiple ways, as he may be a liable in the run game at first.
Draft Projection: First Round Pick
Phanaddict Draft Grade: 6.30
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