2018: Knee (Minor) No Major Injury History
2018: Arizona, USF, Rice, 2016: Oklahoma
Ed Oliver is an undersized DT who's quickness, athleticism, and ability to turn speed to power make up for his lack of prototypical measurables. His gap-shooting is amongst the best in the draft class, if not the NFL. The man spends a majority of his time in opponents backfields, raking up tackles for loss, sacks, and getting after whoever has the ball. His speed as an interior defensive lineman is his best weapon and often flashes across the screen, making plays most DT's would have no business making.
Lengthy blockers will give him trouble at the next level due to his smaller stature. He also lacks the arsenal of pass rush moves you’d hope to see in a high first-round talent, but many execs will look at that and say he has plenty of room to grow. Ed often relies on his athleticism and less on technique. He's a DT/DE tweener and NFL teams will have a wide spectrum of opinions as to what position he should play once in the NFL.
Ed Oliver is a special type of player. One who does not fit the mold or emulate any player before him. He is unique and it'll take a creative defensive minded coach and play caller to get the best out of him. If placed into the right scheme and given coaches who will not only sharpen his set of skills but also utilize his already stellar set of physical gifts, then he could certainly succeed at the next level. Oliver should be looked at as a defensive weapon and not be held to the confinement or restriction of one position. He could easily play a 3-4 inside linebacker on early downs and pass rusher in certain situations.
Extremely gifted with elite athleticism that allows him to fly around the line of scrimmage and make plays in the backfield. Decent flexibility but lacks the bend to consistently play on the outside or edge. Explosive out of stance and initial 1st step. Often flys by centers and guards before they even get out of their stance. A legitimate physical freak of nature. Ed's highlight reel is littered with him darting across the field and making plays opposite of where he initially lined up. Fast enough to chase players down in the second and third level of the defense. Very coordinated athlete that can keep his feet underneath him through traffic and rarely touches the dirt without making a tackle.
Pass Rush Ability:
Big Play Ability
Use of Hands
Pass Rush Moves
Easily his biggest weapon and factor of his game. Oliver's 1st step is quite impressive and he's continuously disrupting plays before they can develop due to his burst off the line of scrimmage. Lacks reach and struggles against lineman who have have the length advantage over him. Could certainly improve his hand placement, rip move, and ability to disengage. At 6'3" and considered to be somewhat undersized, Ed Oliver uses his natural underneath leverage to his advantage and hardly allows lineman to stand him straight up. Oliver has a limited set of pass rushing tools and relies on his speed and foot quickness to beat lineman off the snap. Has plenty of room to grow as a pass rusher. Terrific finisher who makes a huge impact with sacks, tackles for loss, and disruptions in the backfield. Very productive against lower level talent and smaller schools, especially against the run but will need to improve his sack numbers and pressure rate at the next level.
Against The Run:
Keeps a low pad level off the snap and uses his lower body strength and tree trunks to drive offensive lineman backwards. Struggles to disengage once blockers have locked him up. Size and upper body strength tend to play a huge factor in his inability to shed defenders. Splits offensive lineman off the snap at an elite NFL caliber level. One of the fastest first steps to come out of the draft in quite some time. Quicker than fast but fast for a defensive tackle. As long as he isn't squared up off the snap and able to win the initial body position battle, Ed is most likely going to be involved in making the tackle. That high motor and relentless aggression shows when he flies through the line and chases running backs on pitches and sweeps to the opposite side of the field. The effort can not be questioned. An efficient, powerful tackler who hardly ever missed a tackle on film. Oliver does a great job at tracking the ball and taking intelligent angles to the ball carrier.
Play with Leverage
Stack and Shed
Gap Shooting Ability
Physically and mentally tough enough to give up the size advantage every play and not let it affect his production. Minor knee injury in 2019 which led to a business decision of sitting out the rest of his final year at Houston. Ultra-high motor and an exceptional gas tank that allows him to consistently play hard from the start of the 1st to the end of the 4th. NEVER takes a play off!!!
Very instinctual in terms of play recognition and ball tracking. Rarely out of place and doesn't bite of play fakes. Drastically improved every year at Houston on film but the stat sheet took a hit due to offenses taking notice and scheming plays away from the defensive playmaker. Often blew plays up off the snap before it could develop and allowed his teammates to take advantage and was considered a leader amongst his teammates despite the issues with his head coach.