Future Watch: Ed Oliver Rookie Football Cards, Bills – Ed Oliver was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft. As the ninth overall pick, there were a lot of expectations, but he’s delivered everywhere he’s played.
Oliver, a Houston native starred at Westfield High School and later at his hometown University of Houston. At 6-1, 287 pounds he has the right frame to be a defensive tackle.
In 2016, he played in 13 games. He had 47 solo tackles, 19 assists and five sacks for 35 yards lost. He added three forced fumbles as well.
In 2017, he played in 12 games. He had another 47 solo tackles, 26 assisted and 5.5 sacks for a total loss of 26 yards. He added a block, two forced fumbles, and a block. He won the Outland Trophy as the nation’s top interior lineman and was selected first-team Walter Camp All-America.
In 2018, he only played in eight games. He still had 54 tackles, three sacks, and a forced fumble. His season was cut short with a knee injury. When he had a sideline argument with his coach, that probably dropped him in the draft.
To get to the draft, Oliver did forego his senior year. At his pro day, his 3-cone-drill was better than most wide receivers. He ran a 4.73 in the 40-yard dash, this testing seemingly solidified him as a top-10 pick.
Oliver had some ups and downs in his rookie season but still played in every game. He ended up with 19 solo tackles and 19 assisted. He had five sacks and two passes that he knocked down.
Here’s a look at his pro day:
This rookie will travel back home to play the Houston Texans in the playoffs. His season isn’t over yet.
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