Defensive Tackle Rankings Going Into The 2019 NFL Combine

Defensive Tackle Rankings Going Into The 2019 NFL Combine

2019 NFL Draft

Defensive Tackle Rankings Going Into The 2019 NFL Combine

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3. Ed Oliver, Houston 6-3, 290 (1)

Career Statistics: 191 tackles, 13.5 sacks, 53 tackles for loss, 11 broken up passes, 5 forced fumbles

Why Ed Oliver Is Here On The List: A transcendent interior pass rusher who can take over games by himself and is unblockable at times. Granted, he played a bulk of his games against the Group of Five world, but he destroyed everyone.

It’s not crazy to think he might have been the No. 1 overall pick in last year’s draft, and he certainly didn’t take a step back talent-wise this year. He’s a special talent with the type of unteachable speed, athleticism and skill to be a game-wrecker at the next level.

What The NFL Types Want To See: The athleticism and quickness are going to remind everyone just how amazing a prospect he is for the position. It’s like he’s not the shiny new guy anymore and he’s being nitpicked too much. One amazing workout will wake everyone up. However, how much do you care about his raw bulk? He’s never going to hit the 300-pound mark, but …

Bottom Line: Aaron Donald is barely six feet tall and plays at around 285 pounds, and he seems to be just fine. Yeah, Oliver might really be that good. He might not be quite bulky enough or physical enough, but don’t overthink this. He’s the most unblockable interior presence since that guy out in LA hit the league.

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