2019 Player Profile: Ed Oliver, DT, Houston

Houston’s Ed Oliver had been considered a top three pick going back as far as January of 2017. By January of 2018, every publication had Oliver, Bosa, and Oregon QB Justin Herbert as the top three players heading into the 2019 NFL draft. Herbert decided to stay in school, while, Bosa has been consistently at the top of mock drafts ever since. Oliver, however, has been largely ignored in draft conversations, his name freely floating up and down draft boards without much discussion. All of that has changed since Oliver’s Pro Day earlier this week.

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2019 NFL DRAFT: ED OLIVER | DT | HOUSTON

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 287 | Class: Junior | 40 time: 4.71

Oliver is rising up draft boards and receiving plenty of well-deserved press since his Pro Day earlier this week. He is one of the most explosive players in the draft, even drawing comparisons to DT Aaron Donald of the LA Rams. Oliver is the best pass-rushing DT in the draft.

He possesses cat-quick get off which has allowed him to pile up 53 tackles-for-loss over his career. At his Pro Day, his 10-yard split was 1.7 – proof of his short area burst. Oliver has also displayed incredible strength for a man of his size. At the Scouting Combine, Oliver benched 225 lbs. thirty-two times – tied for second best among his position group. He also recorded a group best 36″ vertical and a 120″ broad jump.

Unlike the cats from Clemson, Oliver was the only stud in the front seven at Houston and took on double and triple teams, the majority of time. And still he dominated. Don’t be surprised to hear his name called in the top five picks of the 2019 NLF Draft.

In his three years in Houston, Oliver played in 32 games. He had 192 total tackles; 122 solo; and 70 assists. He had 53 tackles-for-loss and 13.5 sacks. He also had 11 passed defended, five forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.

He won the Outland Trophy after his sophomore campaign. The Outland Trophy is awarded to the best interior lineman in the nation. He was named a Consensus All-American in 2018, even though he played in only 8 games.

Due to his playing weight (speculated as low as the 260’s), there has been some talk of Oliver making a position switch at the next level. Could he move to end, or linebacker? That, of course, will depend on what team he ends up with.

For more, check out Ed Oliver’s post-Pro Day workout interview with Jane Slater for NFL.com.

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The 2019 NFL Draft will be held Thursday-Saturday, April 25-27 in Nashville, Tenn.

2019 Player Profile: Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson

Clemson’s Dexter Lawrence will easily be the most coveted run-stuffer in the 2019 NFL Draft. At the NFL Scouting Combine, Lawrence weighed in at 342 pounds – looking like the second coming of Vince Wilfork. In 2004, Wilfork weighed in a 340, ran a 5.08 and benched 36 reps. Lawrence ran a 5.05 and also had 36 reps on the bench. Wilfolk was drafted 31st overall by the New England Patriots. Lawrence should be drafted somewhere in the 20’s range.

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2019 NFL DRAFT: DEXTER LAWRENCE | DT | CLEMSON

Height: 6-4 | Weight: 342 | Class: Junior | 40 time: 5.05


Lawrence is clearly the biggest defensive tackle in the draft. He possesses the size to eat up double and triple team blocks. He has the strength to overpower almost any guard/center combo he’s played against – and shows a great ability to anchor. He is happy doing the dirty work that doesn’t always show up on the stats sheet, freeing his teammates to make plays. What makes Lawrence special is his straight line speed; lateral quickness; and balance and agility.

Lawrence is the prototypical run-stuffing nose tackle teams covet.
Photo: Gwinn Davis|The Post and Courier

In his three years with the Tigers, Lawrence played in 38 games. He had 131 total tackles; 50 solo; and 81 assists. He had 18 tackles-for-loss and 10 sacks. He also had an interception, four passed defended, recovered three fumbles and forced one.

Lawrence made the news earlier this year when he was suspended for a Peds/drug violation which caused him to miss the National Championship game versus Alabama. While for many players, this kind of negative press would drive down their stock value, for Lawrence it has not created a major impact. Championing forgiveness for the mistake has been Clemson head coach Deebo Sweeney. Sweeney and the Clemson coaching staff have spoken publicly about the situation, even going so far as to say they may have been inadvertently responsible for the Peds that Lawrence unknowingly took.

With the Clemson staff backing Lawrence’s good character, he should be one of the top defensive tackles taken in this year’s draft.

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Team Needs:

AZ | SF | NYJ | OAK | TB | NYG | JAX | DET | BUF | DEN | CIN | GB | MIA | ATL | WASH | CAR | CLE |MIN |TEN | PIT | SEA | BALT | HOU | CHI | PHI | IND | DAL | LAC | KC | NO | LAR | NE

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The 2019 NFL Draft will be held Thursday-Saturday, April 25-27 in Nashville, Tenn.

2019 Player Profile: Montez Sweat, DE, Mississippi State

Mississippi State’s Montez Sweat has been one of the most talked about storylines in this year’s NFL draft. Sweat started his career at Michigan State, where he played two games in 2014. He took a redshirt season in 2015 and transferred to Copiah-Lincoln Community College in 2016. After receiving offers from Texas A&M and LSU, Sweat decided on Mississippi State. Playing in the SEC, Sweat displayed sweet blend of quickness, length, and power.

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2019 NFL DRAFT: MONTEZ SWEAT | DE | MISSISSIPPI STATE

Height: 6-6 | Weight: 260 | Class: Junior | 40 time: 4.41


Sweat was clearly one of the top talents in the SEC last year. He dominated opponents weekly with a combination of hand placement, speed, power, and cat-quickness. In 2018, he led the SEC with 11.0 total sacks. According to PFF, he was the second in the conference among all edge defenders with 40 total pressures. Out of all the Edge rushers coming out this year, Sweat shows the best lean around the corner. He has prototypical size and plenty of untapped potential, which will only help drive his stock up the draft boards.

Mississippi State defensive end Montez Sweat was an SI first-team All-American.
Photo: Mississippi State Athletics

In his two years with Mississippi State, Sweat played in 26 games. He had 101 total tackles; 48 solo; and 53 assists. He had 30 tackles-for-loss and 22.5 sacks. He also had one fumble recovery and one forced fumble.

At the Senior Bowl, the Georgia native, dominated the competition during the one-on-one drills. He showed surprising power for a guy who is so tall and lanky. He continually drove defenders straight back to the quarterback. He also displayed the quickness to beat anyone around the corner.

Sweat set an NFL scouting combine record last month when he posted a 4.41-second 40-yard dash – the fastest 40 ever run by a defensive lineman at the combine. He measured in at 6′ 6″ and 260 pounds. His 4.41 forty time is even more eye popping once you realize it would have ranked him in the top three of running backs and the top 10 of wide receivers.

Sweat could possibly be drafted as high as number five to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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Team Needs:

AZ | SF | NYJ | OAK | TB | NYG | JAX | DET | BUF | DEN | CIN | GB | MIA | ATL | WASH | CAR | CLE |MIN |TEN | PIT | SEA | BALT | HOU | CHI | PHI | IND | DAL | LAC | KC | NO | LAR | NE

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The 2019 NFL Draft will be held Thursday-Saturday, April 25-27 in Nashville, Tenn.

2019 Player Profile: Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State

Ohio State’s, defensive end, Nick Bosa is considered the most polished and pro-ready player in the 2019 NFL Draft. Yet, he only played in 3 games last year. In that third game, against TCU, Bosa suffered a core muscle injury. When he got hurt, he was leading Ohio State in tackles, tackles-for-loss, sacks and fumble recoveries. He was on pace to have a better junior season than his older brother, Joey Bosa, who went third overall to the San Diego Chargers in 2016 NFL Draft.

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2019 NFL DRAFT: NICK BOSA | DE | OHIO STATE

Height: 6-4| Weight: 266 | Class: Junior | 40 time: 4.79


Nick Bosa was named the 2017 Big-10 Defensive Lineman of the Year and was named a first-team All-American by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA). Bosa is an incredible athlete that hustles every play and works to maximize his potential. He has a very stout compact frame that is thick, muscular, and solid. He uses his power well, and has good, but not exceptional, get off. He displays excellent hand technique and utilizes a variety of rip, swim, and power moves to defeat blockers.

Ohio State Buckeyes defensive end Nick Bosa (97) rushes the passer.
Photo: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

In his three years with Ohio State, Bosa played in 29 games. He had 77 total tackles; 47 solo; and 30 assists. He had 29 tackles-for-loss and 17.5 sacks. He also had two forced fumbles in his career.

It’s interesting to note that Nick Bosa wore his bother’s number 97. The two are very similar in build; they play the game the same way; and are noted for their technical savvy.

The only player that could possibly be drafted ahead of Bosa would be a quarterback. If a team, let’s say Arizona, fell in love with a particular quarterback, they may take him over Bosa. Outside of that scenario, there’s really no reason not to believe Bosa would be the number one pick in the 2019 NFL draft.

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Check out the updated Position Rankings: QBWRDEDT, and more.

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Team Needs:

AZ | SF | NYJ | OAK | TB | NYG | JAX | DET | BUF | DEN | CIN | GB | MIA | ATL | WASH | CAR | CLE |MIN |TEN | PIT | SEA | BALT | HOU | CHI | PHI | IND | DAL | LAC | KC | NO | LAR | NE

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The 2019 NFL Draft will be held Thursday-Saturday, April 25-27 in Nashville, Tenn.