Atlanta Falcons Potential First Round Pick: Ed Oliver

Atlanta Falcons, Ed Oliver (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
Atlanta Falcons, Ed Oliver (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images) /
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Main Concern

Lack of Pass Rush Production

Where Ed Oliver doesn’t compare to Aaron Donald is as pass rusher. In fact pass rushing is the knock on Oliver’s game. According to Pro Football Focus, Oliver had a 15 percent pass rush win percentage in 2018. That’s very low compared to Nick Bosa the drafts top pass rusher, who posted a win percentage of 31.4 when rushing the passer.

Comparing Ed Oliver to a pass rusher like Nick Bosa who rushes from the edge isn’t a great comparison. However when compared to the draft’s other interior defensive lineman, Oliver ranks just eighth in pass rush win percentage.

Ed Oliver has all the physical tools to be a great interior pass rusher, but has yet to produce as such. He only recorded three sacks this past season, a career low. Oliver sacked the quarterback five times in 2017 and 5.5 times in 2016. This is an area in which NFL coaches will certainly need to develop when choosing to draft Ed Oliver.

Ed Oliver’s NCAA Stats

Defense & Fumbles Table
Tackles Def Int Fumbles
Year School Conf Class Pos G Solo Ast Tot Loss Sk Int Yds Avg TD PD FR Yds TD FF
*2016 Houston American FR DT 12 46 19 65 22.0 5.0 0 0 0 6 0 2
*2017 Houston American SO DT 12 47 26 73 16.5 5.5 0 0 0 3 1 2
*2018 Houston American JR DT 8 29 25 54 14.5 3.0 0 0 0 2 0 1
Career Houston 122 70 192 53.0 13.5 0 0 0 11 1 5

Provided by CFB at Sports Reference: View Original Table
Generated 2/9/2019.