Ed Oliver reportedly runs a blazing 40-yard dash at Pro Day

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Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver didn’t run the 40-yard dash at the Scouting Combine.

He made up for the wait Thursday.

According to Joseph Duarte of the Houston Chronicle, Oliver’s unofficial 40 times at his Pro Day workout ranged between 4.71 and 4.75 seconds.

Oliver measured at 6-foot-2, and weighed in at 287 pounds in Indianapolis (he was down to 281 Thursday), and we knew from seeing him play that college he was fast for a man that size.

He was already going to be a high first-round pick, but reports of that kind of speed will help him buy a lot of livestock.

12 responses to “Ed Oliver reportedly runs a blazing 40-yard dash at Pro Day

  1. He just got into the mix to go top 10. Oliver is an explosive player and I was hoping he may be an option on the back end of the 1st round for Cowboys to attempt to move back in to select him. That ain’t happening now.

  2. Yep, I think you forget about all those mock drafts that had him dropping out of the top 10. Many had him going as low as #14 to the Falcons, not going to happen now. Teams love the 40 times even though it doesn’t translate to much that actually happens for linemen.

  3. What they didn’t mention was he was maybe 20 pounds lighter than he was at the combine.

  4. After his true freshman monster season he disappeared. He’ll pull a clowney in the pros and show up big right before his rookie deal expires

  5. With great hands and very good speed, he is the type of player who you can use at both Defensive Tackle but also roll outside as a potential edge.

  6. Peter Schrager’s newest mock draft has him going to the Raiders at pick #4. I wouldn’t be surprised if he is picked top 5. Schrager makes a good argument that Oliver follows the Aaron Donald mold and that is trendy right now in the NFL with quicker faster more athletic Defensive Lineman that are also power houses. Versatility very important in today’s Defensive schemes. I couldn’t agree more.

  7. Everyone says Quinnen Williams is the most “Aaron Donald” like DT in the NFL draft but I think it is Ed Oliver. Oliver is short like Donald for an NFL DT at 6ft-6″1 and use’s that along with his elite quickness and get off to his advantage getting under guys pads & then quickly destroying them. Oliver is that kind of athlete with quickness and a lighting quick get off. If Oliver can bulk up in the NFL I think he will be a top notch DT in the NFL.

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