What’s going on? Houston star defensive tackle Ed Oliver has announced he’ll go pro.
Ed Oliver’s NFL Future
He should’ve been able to go to the NFL Combine this last weekend, but …
Houston star defensive tackle Ed Oliver has announced he’ll leave for the NFL …
After his junior season.
“This was a dream of mine coming in,” Oliver said. “I knew I was going on a business trip, and whether my business trip was three years or four years it just depended on how early I got on the field and how effective I was.”
Projected to be one of the top five overall picks in next year’s draft – if not No. 1 overall – Oliver will go through this season and then be off to the next level when he’s eligible.
And now the question has to be asked. Why is he going to play this season?
The only thing that can keep him from being a top five overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft is a catastrophic injury. If he sits out, there’s no question his draft stock won’t drop even a little bit, so why risk it?
Why not leave school, hire an agent, get on a training program and make sure that next year at this time, he’s in the best shape of his life?
And with a year less wear and tear on his body.
As is, he’s already one of the best college defensive tackles of all-time, registering 138 tackles with 10.5 sacks, 38.5 tackles for loss and four forced fumbles in his amazing career.
Last year, the 6-3, 290-pounder won the Outland Trophy as the nation’s best interior linemen. With a brilliant blend of quickness, speed, and strength, he’s the ideal NFL defensive tackle. He probably would’ve been – at worst – a top four overall selection in this year’s draft, but only players three years out of high school are eligible.
And now. it’s just about getting through the next 13 months unscathed.