First round lock Ed Oliver performed at his pro day today and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were in attendance; Oliver must be considered with the fifth pick.
Today is the day that many have been waiting for; after only getting measured and performing the vertical and broad jump at the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine
Ed Oliver’s pro day finally happened. According to The Athletic’s Jason Butt, Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator was in attendance for the show.
After weighing in at 287 pounds at the combine, Oliver weighed in again at his pro day at 281. Coming in at a weight that should be sufficient to calm the fears of NFL scouts and general managers, Oliver then proceeded to run a 4.73 40 yard dash and has been reported that he ran a sub seven second 3-cone drill as well; both times extremely impressive for a guy standing at 6’2 and 281 pounds.
With Bowles in attendance, the interest from the Buccaneers is there, and Oliver must now be firmly in consideration with the fifth overall pick in the draft. With the talks of quarterbacks Kyler Murray and Dwayne Haskins going in the top five of the draft, there is potential that either Quinnen Williams or Josh Allen could slip to the fifth spot. If both Williams and Allen are going, however, then Oliver must be strongly considered by general manager Jason Licht.
The time seems to be ticking on Gerald McCoy’s time in Tampa Bay, and if these rumors come to fruition, Oliver would be the absolute perfect fit to take his place in the interior of Bowles’ 3-4 defensive line. Even if Devin White is available at their slot in the upcoming draft, Oliver would be the wiser choice.
After his draft stock taking a massive hit due to concerns about his size, Oliver has done everything he can to prove that he is the prospect that many prospects thought that he was entering the 2018 season. The Buccaneers should jump at the opportunity to get him in the pewter and red when the draft rolls around in less than one month.