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IDL Ed Oliver NFL Draft Profile – Houston

Ed Oliver could be an NFL great, but how high will he go in this years NFL Draft?

Ed Oliver
IDL
Houston
Class Year: Junior
DOB – 12/12/1997
Height – 6’2″ Weight – 290 lbs
Twitter: @Edoliver_11
Combine Results:
Bench Press – 32 Reps (225 lbs)
Vertical Jump – 36.0 Inches
Broad Jump – 120.0 Inches

Strengths:

Oliver is a freakish athlete. His quickness off the snap and penetration ability is incredible. He will be a headache for offenses all day long. Use of the hands is ok but can get caught out at times. Mobility for a man his size is spectacular.
The way he uses his hips and shoulders to bring a man to the ground is like watching a slow dance at a wedding. It’s poetic. Despite being graceful, he is a powerful hitter and will cause issues for opponents.
He often wins leverage and doesn’t over pursue the play.

Weaknesses:

He needs to work on his feet and balance at times, but these can be fixed in the NFL.

During his time with Houston, he found no luck when blocking bigger guys than him. Proper hand techniques and an upgrade in his stance will fix this. Good coaching will too. He seems to think about things too long before making a call on what to do next. This needs to stop. He can solve this by watching more tape of his opponents in the big league.

Giphy:

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Oliver rushes up the middle, applies pressure to the QB and makes him miss his target.

Pro Comparison:

Aaron Donald

Overall Review:

Oliver was touted as a number one overall pick during his time in with Houston, but he has failed to grow into the player everyone expected. Having played most of his time at nose tackle, he would find a better home in a 3 technique in an aggressive system in the NFL.

He is a little smaller than past defensive lineman, but the NFL is loving this at the moment. It’s not a problem he will need to worry about.

Expect him to go in the early half of the first round. Possibly top 10.

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ProFootball Free Lance Writer at SportsTalkLine.com
Aussie with a passion for the NFL. Always looking for a new challenge, never stop learning.

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