Friday, April 26, 2019

2019 NFL Draft Grades for the Bills

By Steve

Here is a review of other webites grade of Ed Oliver to the Bills at 9 (i gave it a B-)

This pick makes all kinds of sense. The Bills lost defensive line stalwart Kyle Williams to retirement in December, but get an explosive, dynamic replacement here. The former Houston star has rare athleticism and plays with a low center of gravity, exploding into opposing linemen to quickly establish leverage and put them on their heels. He’s got the speed to shoot gaps and penetrate the pocket and shows extraordinary awareness, consistently chasing plays down from the backside, sniffing out screens, or getting his hands up to knock down throws

Oliver racked up 192 tackles—including 53 for a loss—with 13.5 sacks, five forced fumbles, and 11 pass deflections over three seasons at Houston. Most of that production came while he was lined up at nose tackle, but in the pros, he’ll likely do best as a 3-technique (rushing off the outside shoulder of the guard) or even at the end, where he’ll be more able to tap into that athleticism.

Oliver lacks length and can get overly aggressive at times, but he’s got almost limitless potential as a one-gapping pass rusher in the NFL. I love the player, I love the value, and I love the pick.

It took an unreasonable agent, a reach on a quarterback and a mediocre top-eight pick used on a tight end, but the Bills won the draft. Congrats, Buffalo! Oliver could end up being the best player from this entire class. He's drawn Aaron Donald comparisons for a reason, and he'll be a great replacement for Kyle Williams. Buffalo wanted to trade up for Oliver, yet didn't have to at all. This is an easy A+ grade

Pete Prisco
I thought he was misused at Houston. I think this kid is going to be special at the next level. He is not Aaron Donald, I don't like that comparison. He plays a lot like John Randle and Randle was a Hall of Famer. This kid is going to be a good player for Buffalo. Grade: A

Daniel Jeremiah
That was an easy one for the Buffalo Bills. They were patient and they sat right where they were and he fell into their laps. They need pass-rush help and he'll give that to them from the inside. He's going to be a nightmare for teams to deal with. He's quick, explosive and has great hands.

Sb Nation
The picks of Ferrell and Jones allowed Oliver to drop right into Buffalo’s lap. Oliver can be the Kyle Williams replacement for the Bills, with even more of a pass rush playing three-technique. Even if he’s discount Aaron Donald that is still really, really good. Now the Bills need to focus the rest of their draft surrounding quarterback Josh Allen with talent.

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