Ed Oliver (American football)

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Ed Oliver
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Oliver with the Buffalo Bills in 2019
No. 91 – Buffalo Bills
Position:Defensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1997-12-12) December 12, 1997 (age 23)
Houston, Texas
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:287 lb (130 kg)
Career information
High school:Westfield (Houston, Texas)
College:Houston
NFL Draft:2019 / Round: 1 / Pick: 9
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2020
Total tackles:76
Sacks:8.0
Forced fumbles:2
Fumble recoveries:0
Pass deflections:5
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Edward Oliver (born December 12, 1997) is an American football defensive tackle for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Houston, and was drafted by the Bills in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

Early years[edit]

Oliver attended Westfield High School in Houston. Oliver had 83 tackles, nine sacks and an interception as a senior and 84 tackles and seven sacks as a junior. In Oliver's senior season, Westfield went 11–1 into the 2015 UIL playoffs, where they lost 28–21 in the Area final to later state runner-up Austin Lake Travis.[1][2]

Oliver was rated as a consensus five-star recruit and was ranked among the top players in his class.[3][4] Oliver committed to play college football at the University of Houston, becoming the first recruit rated by ESPN as a five-star to commit to a school outside the Power Five conferences.[5]

College career[edit]

Oliver became an immediate starter his true freshman year at Houston in 2016.[6][7][8] He started all 12 games during the regular season, recording 60 tackles and five sacks. He was named the winner of the Bill Willis Trophy, becoming the first freshman to win the award.[9]

In 2017, Oliver's sophomore season, he was selected to the Walter Camp All-America first team and won the Outland Trophy, presented to the nation's top interior lineman.[10]

Following his junior year in 2018, Oliver decided to forgo his senior year and enter the 2019 NFL Draft.

College statistics[edit]

Houston Cougars
Year Class Position GP Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
Solo Ast Total Loss Sack Int Yards Avg TD PD FR Yards TD FF
2016 Freshman DT 12 46 19 65 22.0 5.0 0 0 0.0 0 6 0 0 0 2
2017 Sophomore DT 12 47 26 73 16.5 5.5 0 0 0.0 0 3 1 0 0 2
2018 Junior DT 8 29 25 54 14.5 3.0 0 0 0.0 0 2 0 0 0 1

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand size Vertical jump Broad jump Wonderlic
6 ft 1+78 in
(1.88 m)
287 lb
(130 kg)
31+34 in
(0.81 m)
9+14 in
(0.23 m)
36 in
(0.91 m)
10 ft 0 in
(3.05 m)
20
All values from NFL Combine[11]
Ed Oliver in 2019

On March 5, 2018, before the start of his junior year, Oliver announced that he already intended to forgo his final year of eligibility and enter the 2019 NFL Draft.[12] In May 2018, ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay projected Oliver to go No. 1 overall in the 2019 draft.[13]

Oliver was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the first round with the ninth overall selection in the 2019 NFL Draft.[14]

2019[edit]

In week 7 against the Miami Dolphins, Oliver recorded his first career sack on Ryan Fitzpatrick in the 31–21 win.[15] In week 13 against the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day, Oliver recorded two sacks on quarterback Dak Prescott, including a strip sack recovered by teammate Trent Murphy that set up a Bills touchdown in the 26–15 win.[16][17] Oliver was named the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week for his performance in Dallas.[18][19] He finished his rookie season with 5 sacks and 43 combined tackles.[20]

2020[edit]

In Week 2 against the Miami Dolphins, Oliver recorded another season opening sack on Ryan Fitzpatrick during the 31–28 win.[21]

Personal life[edit]

A native of Houston, Texas, Oliver is an avid horseback rider.[22]

On May 16, 2020, Oliver was arrested in Houston on charges of driving while intoxicated and unlawfully carrying a weapon and held in Montgomery County Jail before posting bail the next day.[23] The charges were dismissed in July due to lack of evidence.[24] Later reflecting on the arrest, Oliver stated that he felt "violated" and recorded a 0.00% on his Breathalyzer test.[25]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Davis, Danny (November 21, 2015). "Lake Travis moves to third round of state football playoffs". American-Statesman.
  2. ^ "Westfield vs Lake Travis: Full Game 11.21.2015". Texan Live. November 23, 2015 – via YouTube.
  3. ^ https://n.rivals.com/content/prospects/181
  4. ^ http://www.scout.com/player/182986-ed-oliver
  5. ^ Hamilton, Gerry (May 22, 2015). "Houston nabs commitments from No. 3 DT Edward Oliver, tackle Jordan Elliott". ESPN.com. Retrieved December 12, 2016.
  6. ^ Khan Jr., Sam (September 15, 2016). "From five-star recruit to fabulous freshman, Houston's Ed Oliver making presence felt". ESPN. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
  7. ^ Myerberg, Paul (November 24, 2016). "Houston's top prospect, DL Ed Oliver, proves to be something special". USA Today. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
  8. ^ Duarte, Joseph (November 23, 2016). "UH freshman Ed Oliver on quest to be the best". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
  9. ^ McIlvoy, Randy (December 6, 2016). "UH DT Ed Oliver named 2016 Bill Willis Award winner". Click 2 Houston. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
  10. ^ Duarte, Joseph (December 7, 2017). "UH's Ed Oliver wins Outland Trophy". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved December 8, 2017.
  11. ^ "Edward Oliver Combine Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved August 19, 2019.
  12. ^ Lewis, Edward (March 6, 2018). "Houston DT Ed Oliver intends to enter 2019 NFL Draft". NFL.com.
  13. ^ McShay, Todd (May 3, 2018). "McShay's way-too-early 2019 NFL Mock Draft". ESPN.
  14. ^ Wesseling, Chris (April 26, 2019). "Bills use No. 9 pick on former Houston DT Ed Oliver". NFL.com.
  15. ^ "Bills D delivers in 31-21 victory over winless Dolphins". www.espn.com. October 20, 2019. Retrieved October 20, 2019.
  16. ^ "Bills rookie Ed Oliver enjoys breakout performance in victory over Cowboys". The Buffalo News. November 28, 2019. Retrieved November 29, 2019.
  17. ^ "Trick TD sparks Bills in 26-15 Thanksgiving win over Cowboys". www.espn.com. November 28, 2019. Retrieved November 28, 2019.
  18. ^ "Bills Today — Ed Oliver received this NFL award for his play in Week 13". www.buffalobills.com. December 7, 2019. Retrieved December 7, 2019.
  19. ^ "Oliver named NFL's Rookie of the Week". News 4 Buffalo. December 6, 2019. Retrieved December 7, 2019.
  20. ^ "Ed Oliver Stats". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved April 10, 2020.
  21. ^ "Allen reaches career high in passing, Bills beat Dolphins". ESPN. Associated Press. September 20, 2020. Retrieved September 20, 2020.
  22. ^ "Ed Oliver on how his horse Oreo helped him take on 300-pound linemen". For The Win. March 2, 2019. Retrieved April 10, 2020.
  23. ^ "Bills lineman Ed Oliver arrested on DWI, gun charges". ESPN. May 17, 2020. Retrieved May 17, 2020.
  24. ^ Dajani, Jordan (July 22, 2020). "Charges dismissed against Bills' Ed Oliver after DWI arrest in May due to lack of evidence, per report". CBSSports.com. Retrieved July 28, 2020.
  25. ^ Louis-Jacques, Marcel (August 10, 2020). "Bills' Oliver feels violated by unwarranted arrest". ESPN.com. Retrieved August 10, 2020.

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