Houston Ed Oliver has been one of the most anticipated draft prospects to come out this year, probably since Jadeveon Clowney was drafted in 2014.
The 6-foot-2, 285-pound athletic freak has been at NFLs radar since he was a sought-after high school recruitment. He was surprised to land in Houston, but never made any secret of his goal being a top draft and playing in the NFL.
Finally, Oliver will be compiled this year and will be one of the first players to be elected in 2019 NFL Draft. The New York Giants happen to need differences at all levels of their defense and have a general manager with a penchant for choosing defensive tackles. After releasing elite, the 201
- Incredible athlete. Elite burst, agility and speed of the position.
- Surprisingly good effect on an assault.
- Incredibly first step. Consistently the first player moves.
- Amazing movement skills. Moves as a player 40 pounds lighter.
- Playing with good cushion level and lever.
- Routinely interferes with the backfield.
- Productive and disruptive despite being out of position.
- Great crowd. Plays with a wide open engine.
- Need to continue improving its hand use.
- Lights and lacks length relative to the position prototype.
What do they say?
"Ed Oliver's ability to penetrate with speed from snap and use his hands to play through contact makes him an ideal fit as a three-technique in a 4-3 adjustment. Although he lacks size, Oliver plays with great gearing and giving the strength to exchange power in the interior. For years, Oliver has become one of NFL's leading defensive gamblers against running and passing. "
– The draft network – Scouting Report 19659021] Does he fit the Jews?
Of the "blue chip" players who are likely to be available when the Jews choose the sixth overall, Ed Oliver can present the best fit and value.
His ties can be a little challenging to scout when he was terribly (and mystifyingly) miscast as a 0-techniques nose tackle in Houston's defensive plan. That he got the production he did from that position is a testament to his abilities as a disturbing presence on the defensive inside. Oliver is generally cast as a 3-technique in a 4-3 Under defense, and while some may assume that makes him a poor schematic fit for the giants, there is no obstacle at all.
Not only did the hunters play with a four-man front on most of their downs, but Oliver's power and athleticism represented more than any lack of length on his part. The purpose of preparing the long-arm linemen is to help ensure that your player gets their hands on the other guy first. Oliver's explosive first step, natural lever and power, and fluid movement skills should last for the time that a few inches of arm length could afford.
Athleticism also offers a number of opportunities for a creative defensive mind. Not only will it make him a dangerous passport rusher when he is able to do so, but it will also allow him to hurry across the entire defense front or even fall into a shallow zone to confuse the offensive .
Oliver is not yet a finished product and he will need coaching – especially in his technique and hand application to help finish the rushes. There was also an incident where he entered a dust-up with Houston's (then fired) head coach. The argument started when Oliver put out the game after having a little knee injury the week before and chose to wear a jacket on the sidelines. Houston's coach would not have his players wearing jackets on the sidelines and an argument arose.
Oliver suits Giant's defense, no matter what sub-package or adjustment they happen to be, and should present good value, even at the sixth overall election. The biggest question is whether a 280-pound defensive tackle is too small for Dave Gettleman or whether Oliver will be selected by a team preparing in front of the Giants.