Ed Oliver Scouting Report

Ed Oliver scouting report
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Strengths:

  • Elite athlete for size
  • Workout warrior
  • Rare initial quickness to disrupt in gaps
  • Great instincts
  • Direct, inside hands and plays under opponent’s pads
  • Has linebacker speed
  • High motor
  • Productive–53 TFL in three years
  • Has array of pass rush moves

Weaknesses:

  • Under 280-pounds has scouts questioning size
  • Lacks elite length
  • Has struggled against double teams
  • Scouts question ability versus NFL power
  • Sack numbers are unimpressive
  • Can become ‘predictable’ in pass rush moves

Size: 6’3 290lbs

Analysis: Ed Oliver was a rare five-star recruit to commit to Houston.┬áHe did not disappoint, earning first-team All-American and all-conference honors as a true freshman, starting all 13 games and ranking second in the country with 23 tackles for loss, including 3.5 against San Diego State in the Las Vegas Bowl. He also was credited with five sacks among his 66 total tackles, as well as three forced fumbles and nine pass breakups. Oliver won the Outland Trophy and was a finalist for the Nagurski Award as a sophomore, also garnering consensus All-American honors and winning the American Athletic Conference’s Defensive Player of the Year Award with 73 tackles, 16.5 for loss, 5.5 sacks, and three pass breakups despite facing constant double-teams.

Oliver’s athletic ability is beyond rare, but his ability to add and maintain mass could be the critical for his future success. I’ve been a huge fan of his since his days as a freshman–and he was my No.1 overall player before the start of the 2018 college football season.

He likely won’t be the first defensive lineman off the board, but Aaron Donald wasn’t either. Not saying he is a Donald-reincarnate, but he is going to be a Pro Bowler at the next level.

Dan’s Rank: Top 10 overall

NFL Comparison: Geno Atkins

Draft Projection: Top 10

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