How will Ed Oliver do in his interviews?
Before last season, there were so many reports that University of Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver could be the first overall pick in the draft. At this point of the evaluation process, Oliver isn’t being considered to be the first player selected. Teams worry about his size, the way he was banged up and issues like his sideline blowup with former Cougars’ coach Major Applewhite. That’s why his 15-minute interviews with teams are so important. He must fall on the sword and take the blame. Prospects should never blame someone else even if it was someone else’s fault. No one questions Oliver’s talent. He’s quick as a hummingbird and reminds a lot of NFL people of Aaron Donald, the Rams’ tackle who was voted NFL Defensive Player of the Year in each of the last two seasons. The Cougars listed Oliver at 6-3, 292. Scouts are worried that he’s closer to 6-1 and 280. His size shouldn’t matter because he’s an exceptional talent with the quickness, strength and on-field demeanor teams look for when scouting inside players.