San Jose State
2017: Ankle (Missed Texas)
2018: Utah State, Oregon, Colorado State, Fresno State
Oliver has strong hands with a wide catch radius. He shows versatility being lined up at many different positions for San Jose's offense. A good route runner with experience to run many different routes. A late burst and acceleration makes him dangerous all over the field.
Needs to be a better blocker in the running game and pass protection. Inconsistent feet in pass pro and sloppy hand placement in run blocking.
Josh Oliver is big athletic tight end that has incredible ball skills. He shows that he can make the easy catch, make the catch in traffic, and great at coming down with the 50/50 ball. Oliver won't be a TE1 coming into the league, but he's a solid TE2 for any team that drafts him. Oliver needs to become a better blocker in the passing game and run blocking to be an every down tight end in the NFL. Oliver will be a quarterbacks dream in the red zone at the next level. Expected to be taken later in the draft, a team is going to get a very talented but very raw receiver who has great ball skills and has dangerous acceleration down the field.
Shows agility and balance with how he runs his routes. Very rarely was Oliver caught off guard or not where he was suppose to be. Whether the ball was on/off target he was there ready to make the catch. Oliver isn't the most athletic tight end but you see glimpses of his flexibility on the field with the way he makes catches passes that are overthrown or underthrown deep down the field. Oliver showed that he isn't just a deep vertical threat. He can change directions quickly with and without the ball in his hands making him dangerous up the middle of the field and running different routes. Explosive vertical jump with a reported over 42" vertical this spring. He also reportedly set new standards at Iowa Football performance records in the agility drill, and 10-yard dash. He possesses explosive deep speed that allows him to consistently beat DB's downfield. Was a multi-sport athlete in high school where he played basketball as well, where he obliterated a backboard on a fast break dunk. Doesn't show an explosive nature coming out of his stance or when he's route running. Good acceleration and he shows that he's able to maintain his deep speed.
Big Play Ability
Spacing & Timing
Not incredibly quick off the line of scrimmage, but quick enough where he doesn't look slow and sluggish coming off the line. Oliver has experience lining up at many different positions.You see him lining up outside, in the slot, and in motion, showing crafty footwork and acceleration. Oliver is still raw but you can can tell he will be a good route runner at the next level when he's used as a deep threat. Oliver shows a second gear and his second gear makes him create seperation from linebackers in second level. Great hands which makes him an intriguing prospect. He has a big frame and he uses that frame to go up and make contested catches. Oliver is tough to take down in the open field. After the catch he's always looking for extra yardage to show how competitive he is. Excellent grip on the football when he makes the catch or runs with the ball.
Oliver's experience at the college level will come in huge in the NFL. Oliver was in pre-snap motion a lot and expect to see the same at the next level. Oliver has a lot of experience running in motion while at San Jose State. Used in motion more than any tight end I've seen on a college level. Moves very well in space, but when he's in space he has experience completely whiffing on blocks. This is where Oliver will have the most trouble at the next level. His inconsistent footwork while he's blocking gets him into trouble.
Blocking in Space
Showed toughness after he made the catch. Oliver is a big receiver and he's tough to bring down. San Jose State targeted Oliver a bunch. He was their biggest target and he got his receptions. Josh Oliver was by far the best player on San Jose State not just by his talents but by his consistency and his motor. He wanted to ball and whenever he didn't his effort was at max level to throw in the extra block.
Aggression & Toughness
Catch Point Mentality
Good instincts as a receiver and as a blocker. Better as a receiver as he knows when to blow by linebackers and he knows how to beat coverage when he enters second level. Oliver shows that he can learn and retain when he's passes are inaccurate. He can change direction and he can expand his catch radius. Versatility is one of Oliver's biggest strengths. He's a tight end that can line up in many positions and even in motion. He's a vertical threat as well as being a safety blanket for a quarterback on third down.