- AProjectionRound 1-2
- Hand9 ¼
- Arm31 ¾
Strong Points: Very quick, fast and explosive. Looked like a dominating player in 2017. Very good snap reaction and first step. Great athlete for a defensive lineman. Quick hands to disengage from blocks. Flashes pursuit skills.
Weak Points: Played at 270-275 pounds in 2018 and was completely disinterested over the second half of the season. Had some blow-ups with the coaching staff. Sat out Houston's bowl game. With his lack of size, Oliver gets swallowed up by some blocks. Pass-rush production dropped in 2018 and wasn't great prior to that.
The Way We See It: Oliver, a true junior, was a former 5-star recruit who has enjoyed great publicity but has not always matched the hype associated with those high expectations. Some refer to Oliver as the "next Aaron Donald." He isn't, and his production and intensity level aren't close to Donald's. Oliver is undersized and will need to get a lot bigger to be able to hold up vs. NFL offensive linemen. Played at about 275 last year, when he had trouble getting off blocks. Not the pass rusher he was expected to become (13.5 sacks). Disappointed with his overall play in 2018, when he played like he was trying to protect and preserve himself for the league. Oliver still has an abundance of talent, but he has to be in the right situation. I don't see him being able to pay in a 3-4 front. He can be a 3-tech, or possibly a left end if he gets bigger, in a 4-3. He'll become a good-to-very good pro if he settles down and competes. Wild-card pick who could go in Round 1 or drop to early on Day 2. 2018 was almost a wasted year. Don't be surprised when he weighs 290 pounds in Indy after drinking lots of water before weigh-in, then reverts to 275-280 at his pro day.