2. Ed Oliver, DL, Houston
- Height: 6’2″
- Weight: 290
- Class: Junior
Maybe it’s a little odd to see Ed Oliver in the two spot, but it’s likely these last two guys are a 1A-1B type of situation. Ed Oliver might just be the best player in college football right now, and he won’t get a lot of Heisman respect because of his position. However, the draft circles are swooning at his potential. There’s a reason he’s getting Aaron Donald comparisons. Oliver is a dynamic athlete playing on the interior and has wicked quickness at the snap. He works around blockers like a pass rusher, and can also use leverage and strength to bull rush right over them.
Some teams are having trouble throwing a pair of linemen and a back at him to pass protect. He is very good at keeping integrity in the run game too, and has great hand placement to shed blockers. There is so much to like with Oliver and that’s why he’s likely to come off real early next April.
1. Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State
- Height: 6’3″
- Weight: 270
- Class: Junior
Oliver could easily hold this spot, but Nick Bosa is another animal when it comes to edge players. Many will compare him to his brother, former No. 3 overall pick, Joey, but like most people, I believe he’s even better. Bosa is a bit more twitchy than his brother off the edge, and he has the quickness and bend to turn the corner. However, that isn’t the only move where he looks elite. He can do it all, from getting inside to a club-rip to a simple stack and shed.
Bosa really stands out with his hand placement and usage, and he consistently uses it to get tackles off balance and get around them. He is good at processing what the tackle wants to do and attacks their weaknesses. Bosa is plenty strong in the run game too and can set an edge with easy to force the running back inside. Bosa looks the part of a future All-Pro player.
Bosa suffered a groin injury in the win over TCU and will miss the Tulane game this week. His health moving forward is important to monitor, especially relating to his availability for the Sept. 29 game vs. Penn State.