You would think after signing Malik Jackson to a three year 30 million dollar deal the Eagles would be set up front. Wrong. Despite the signing, the Eagles have been linked to a number of defensive tackles throughout the draft process. And why not this is one of the deepest drafts along the dline in recent memorey. From Dexter Lawrence, Jeffery Simmons and others another name is on the radar. Houston’s star defensive tackle Ed Oliver who once was thought to be a sure top-five pick could now find his way to the Eagles.
Houston’s Star defensive tackle Ed Oliver
Oliver was simply dominant for the Cougars this past season. As a result, he finished the season with 54 tackles 14.5 for a loss and three sacks.
The Houston native helped guide the Cougars to an 8-5 season. All three seasons Oliver played he finished as a First-Team All-American. He also, finished First-Team All-AAC all three years. Furthermore, in 2017 he won AAC Defensive Player of the Year and the Outland Trophy which is awarded to the nations top interior lineman. In addition, in 2016 he became the first freshman to win the Bill Willis Trophy as the nations best defensive lineman. Oliver finished his career with 192
Is Oliver worth trading up for?
The simple answer is Yes. Just because you have Fletcher Cox and now Jackson why stop there? Despite being undersized at 6’2 287 Oliver is a freakish athlete. At his pro day, Oliver ran a 4.73 40 time, ran a 4.22 in the shuttle run, Has a 36-inch vertical jump and finally a 120-inch vertical jump.
Should the Eagles land Oliver it makes their D-Line 10 times more dangerous. Between Cox, Oliver, and Jackson you can always have two of the three on the field and never miss a beat. Plus with Graham, Barnett, and others coming off the edge as a result, who are you goin to block?
Almost draft time
We are now just two weeks away from the draft. As a result, the rumors will be flying left and right. However, as the Eagles have no major holes they can truly focus on getting the best available player. Should Oliver somehow fall to the middle of the first look for Howie to start working those phone lines. It’s also worth noting that earlier this week the Eagles hosted Oliver on a pre-draft visit.
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