DEEP FRIED DRAFT
82 tackles, 3 interceptions, 25 PBU
Today we look at a corner prospect that was a surprisingly early declaration. Oliver was a three-star recruit from Brophy Prep in Phoenix. His only other offer was from New Mexico. Oliver started three games a true freshman and played in all thirteen. He started three games a sophomore but logged 440 defensive snaps. Oliver started all ten games he played in as a junior, recording 2 picks and 12 PBU’s. He is the son of former NFL player Muhammed Oliver and is a decathlete at Colorado as well.
2017: Colorado State, UCLA, Washington State, Southern Cal, Utah
DFD COOKBOOK RECIPE
Oliver has the arm length that is becoming a requirement to play the outside corner position. He is tremendous in press man coverage. Oliver has excellent recovery speed. His ball tracking and ability to make a play on the pigskin are top notch. Oliver is thickly built. He has the awareness to diagnose a WR screen, get off of his block, and finish the play. Oliver has a smooth backpedal and he flips his hips quickly.
Oliver struggles in zone coverage or off-man coverage. At times he can take poor tackling angles, resulting in big plays for the opposition. This showed up in the games against Washington State and Southern Cal. Oliver can get too physical. He was flagged multiple times for his over-aggressiveness in the games I watched.
Isaiah Oliver is a player I knew very little about coming in, but now I like a lot. He has the length, speed, and ball skills teams will crave. If a team wants to maximize his talents, I think he will be best suited as an island corner and not in zone coverage. I believe Oliver will be a great value in the upper-to-mid portion of Round 2.