The following is a 2019 Ed Oliver NFL Draft Profile highlighting everything that you need to know about the Houston Cougar defensive linemen. Listed below is his scouting report highlighting strengths and weaknesses while looking at his NFL comparison and his projection. Here at NFL Draft Geek we also like to provide all of our play cut ups, video breakdowns and any other important articles that will give our full view of who we think he is as a prospect.
Ed Oliver NFL Draft Profile
Height: 6’3 Weight: 290 School: Houston
- Truly explosive first step. Consistently wins the initial battle.
- Has elite pass rush upside. Speed and athleticism are off the charts for a defensive linemen.
- Delivers jarring blows at the initial point of contact.
- Converts speed to strength easily. Excels at converting speed to power. Gets OL on their heels and finishes them.
- Plays with excellent technique. Maintains proper pad level and wins the leverage battle consistently.
- Slippery; rarely gives offensive linemen a square target for their hands.
- Possesses superb strength, especially given his size. Has no issues holding up against the run and can withstand and beat double teams.
- Excellent in space. Closes in a hurry. Ran down Joe Mixon on the perimeter.
- Has a relentless motor. Makes plays downfield not often made by interior defensive linemen.
- Lacks ideal size and length. At times can struggle against long armed offensive lineman.
- At times penetrates too much and can run himself out of plays.
- Plays with his head down at times and can lose track of ball carrier.
Ed Oliver has been turning heads and terrorizing opposing offensive linemen for Houston since the first day he stepped foot on campus at Houston. Is an elite athlete for the position. First step and burst is at an elite level. Strong technician, understands the ins and outs of playing his position. Plays with big time strength and is violent at the point of attack. Has all the trappings of a top end playmaker against both the run and pass.
Entering the 2018 college football season Oliver was seen as a lock to be a top three pick. Little has changed and Oliver projects as a disruptive interior player who looks like a future perennial pro-bowler.
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