Ed Oliver

#10 University of Houston, Defensive Tackle (Junior)
Height: 6'3, Weight: 292
Grade: 9.35, Round: 1

Draftable defensive line players with at least 9.0 TFLs every season, and 5.0 sacks in at least two seasons

Player Team Draft Year, Overall TFL/YR PD/YR FF/YR
Jadeveon Clowney South Carolina 2014, 1st 15.67 2.33 3.0
Scott Critchon Oregon State 2014, 72nd 17.0 3.0 3.33
Joey Bosa Ohio State 2016, 3rd 17.0 2.0 1.67
Myles Garrett Texas A&M 2017, 1st 15.67 1.76 2.33
Derek Barnett Tennessee 2017, 14th 17.33 2.0 1.0
Marquis Haynes Ole Miss 2018, 136th 11.87 1.75 3.0
Ed Oliver Houston 2019, ??
17.67
3.67 1.67
Ed Oliver is an absolute force on the defensive line. As a consensus All-American in 2017, and an AP and ESPN All-American in 2016, he dominated the moment he stepped on the field as a true freshman and his presence has been felt every snap since. His sack numbers are pretty good among DT, where he lines up majority of the time. The table above shows just how talented Oliver is, exceeding the tackle for loss production of every name on the list, four of which are some of the best defensive linemen in the NFL. Every first rounder on this list will be a stud in the league for years to come, and Oliver has the tools and abiltiy to become the best of them all. He has good size to be an NFL 3T and he also widens play calling ability by giving the defensive coordinator the option to move him outside to rush off the edge as well.

Strengths

Weaknesses
  • Very good run stuffer
  • Pressures the quarterback regularly
  • High motor, no plays off
  • Good lateral movement for his size 
  • Nearly flawless footwork
  • Relentless leg churning 
  • Slips double team regularly
  • Great stance, explodes out of stance with no wasted steps
  • Powerful bull rush
  • Strength is above average
  • Unbelievable production
  • Slightly undersized compared to prototypical defensive tackle
  • Can work his hands into throwing lanes
  • Fatigue causes stiff stance
  • Doesn't get outside the numbers often for tackles