Houston’s Ed Oliver had been considered a top three pick going back as far as January of 2017. By January of 2018, every publication had Oliver, Bosa, and Oregon QB Justin Herbert as the top three players heading into the 2019 NFL draft. Herbert decided to stay in school, while, Bosa has been consistently at the top of mock drafts ever since. Oliver, however, has been largely ignored in draft conversations, his name freely floating up and down draft boards without much discussion. All of that has changed since Oliver’s Pro Day earlier this week.
2019 NFL DRAFT: ED OLIVER | DT | HOUSTON
Height: 6-2 | Weight: 287 | Class: Junior | 40 time: 4.71
Oliver is rising up draft boards and receiving plenty of well-deserved press since his Pro Day earlier this week. He is one of the most explosive players in the draft, even drawing comparisons to DT Aaron Donald of the LA Rams. Oliver is the best pass-rushing DT in the draft.
He possesses cat-quick get off which has allowed him to pile up 53 tackles-for-loss over his career. At his Pro Day, his 10-yard split was 1.7 – proof of his short area burst. Oliver has also displayed incredible strength for a man of his size. At the Scouting Combine, Oliver benched 225 lbs. thirty-two times – tied for second best among his position group. He also recorded a group best 36″ vertical and a 120″ broad jump.
Unlike the cats from Clemson, Oliver was the only stud in the front seven at Houston and took on double and triple teams, the majority of time. And still he dominated. Don’t be surprised to hear his name called in the top five picks of the 2019 NLF Draft.
In his three years in Houston, Oliver played in 32 games. He had 192 total tackles; 122 solo; and 70 assists. He had 53 tackles-for-loss and 13.5 sacks. He also had 11 passed defended, five forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.
He won the Outland Trophy after his sophomore campaign. The Outland Trophy is awarded to the best interior lineman in the nation. He was named a Consensus All-American in 2018, even though he played in only 8 games.
Due to his playing weight (speculated as low as the 260’s), there has been some talk of Oliver making a position switch at the next level. Could he move to end, or linebacker? That, of course, will depend on what team he ends up with.
For more, check out Ed Oliver’s post-Pro Day workout interview with Jane Slater for NFL.com.
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The 2019 NFL Draft will be held Thursday-Saturday, April 25-27 in Nashville, Tenn.