UH DL Ed Oliver ‘I’m definitely the best defensive lineman’ – Chron

Published 3:22 pm CST, Saturday, March 2, 2019

INDIANAPOLIS — University of Houston consensus All-American defensive lineman Ed Oliver is bigger and possibly faster than Los Angeles Rams star defensive tackle Aaron Donald.

The Outland Trophy winner and Westfield graduate emulates Donald’s style of play.

During the NFL scouting combine, Oliver said he’s intent on proving that he can play any position and that he’s the best overall defensive lineman prospect in the draft. Oliver is so versatile that the Tennessee Titans requested for him to do linebacker drills.

“I can play anywhere literally on the front seven,” Donald said. “I’m a penetrator. I feel like I’m definitely the best defensive lineman. When you turn on my tape, I’m moving at a different speed.”

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Oliver said he envisions himself operating as a gap-shooting three-technique in the NFL.

He bench pressed 225 pounds an impressive 32 times Saturday afternoon.

Oliver reiterated that he has no issue with former UH coach Major Applewhite following a sideline argument over a jacket.

“It was a misunderstanding,” Oliver said. “We patched it up the next day.”

It bothered Oliver to be injured for a big part of his final season due to a bruised knee before declaring early for the draft.

“It was upsetting to me to be hurt,” he said.

Oliver has meetings with the New York Giants, Titans, Atlanta Falcons, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers and Buffalo Bills, among others.

When he signs his first NFL contract, Oliver said he’d like to have a barn full of horses and maybe even a few cows and bulls.

“I’m a country boy,” he said.

He credited working with horses for helping him develop as a football player, especially his first one.

“That horse was stubborn and ignorant, I love that horse to death,” Oliver said. “He stripped me of fear.”

Oliver recorded 54 tackles, 14 1/2 for losses and three sacks last season.

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He finished with 193 career tackles, 54 for losses, 13 1/2 sacks and six forced fumbles.

Asked to describe his style of play, Oliver replied: “Fast, violent.”

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