CB — Isaiah Oliver 7.35


Scout- Jack Bourgeois


College: Colorado


Height: 6'1"


Weight: 195 lbs


40-Time: 4.5


Vertical: N/A


3-Cone: N/A




Athleticism: 7.30

Q.A.B./C.O.D. 7.00 Lengthy, long strider, slowly improving his footwork but needs fine tuning, good lateral movement, not the quickest getting out of breaks but has excellent recovery skills.  Flexibility 7.00 Has shown good bend and ability to keep his shoulders low in back pedal.  Deep Speed 9.00 Jackson was a decathlete at Colorado, excelling as a sprinter. He has good acceleration, top end speed and rarely allows anyone past him in.  Explosion 6.50 Explosive once the ball is in his hands, especially as a punt returner.  Coordination 7.00 Great hand and eye coordination, inconsistent mechanics and loses to quick footed WR’s.


Coverage Ability: 7.20

Man Press 8.00 Very good bump and run coverage, strong jam at LOS. Excels at turn and run deep man. Rarely over powered in press.  Man Off 7.00 Good closing speed and recovery but can’t redirect quickly due to his footwork inconsistencies  Zone 6.00 Slow reaction time to play development and relies on athleticism over reading routes.  Hand Fighting 7.50 A strong punch and arm lengths allows Jackson to bully WR’s and disrupt the timing of the routes but his aggressive hands get him in trouble with penalties at times.  Hips/Turn Ability 7.50 Great turn and run ability but has problems redirecting his feet on breaks and cuts while in a full sprint.


Play Making: 7.42

Closing Quickness 8.50 Excellent range and athleticism allows Jackson to make up ground on opponent once the is in the air.  Ball skills 7.25 Has good body control and is great at tracking the deep ball but can work on getting his head around.  Route/play Diagnosis 6.50


Run Support: 7.00

Quickness Up field 7.50 Doesn’t shy from contact, Quickness and closing speed to meet RB’s at LOS and not allow them to the edge.  Fight Through Blocks 7.00 Refuses to engage with WR’s, he will arm rip or side step open field blockers and attempt to make a play.  Tackling 6.50 Shows decent form tackling and is aggressive at the point of attack.


Competitiveness: 7.67

Toughness 8.00 Willingness to make contact and plays with tenacity but missed time with a leg injury in 2017.  Production 7.00 Decent production for a 1 year starter, didn’t see a ton of action due to offenses scheming away from Oliver.  Consistency/Motor 8.00 Very high motor, players to the whistle and makes hustle players down the field, often saving touchdowns by catching players from behind.


Intelligence: 7.50

Instincts 7.00 Isaiah has good instincts but needs to work on consistently getting his head around to locate the ball in man coverage.  Learn/Retain 7.50 Improved mechanics and footwork from the ’16 to ’17 season. Eager to perfect his technique.  Teamwork 8.00 Solid team player and leader of the secondary.


STRENGTHS

Isaiah is a lengthy elite athlete, he’s got sprinter speed and a football players tenacity. He’s best when in turn and run man coverage and will be a match up problem for any NFL deep threat. He’s physical in coverage, as well as against the run and brings an attitude to any secondary. Very versatile, can line up both inside and out, and often trails the #1 WR. A threat once the ball is in his hands.


WEAKNESSES

The Colorado corner still has plenty of room to grow technique wise, he has inconsistent sloppy footwork and tends to focus on just the route runner and not the QB’s eyes. His physicality can sometimes get him in trouble with the refs. In coverage he’s susceptible to double moves and reacting when in zone.


BIG PICTURE

Isaiah Oliver is a physical man corner who has massive potential in the NFL if put in the right defensive scenario. He is a high ceiling player who will benefit from good coaching, being taught the nuances of the position and proper footwork technique. He must improve his zone coverage skills and play reading ability, but his aggressive nature and versatility make his a late 1st to mid 2nd round pick in the 2018 NFL draft.