Ability to turn and run. Oliver shows excellent long end speed when covering a receiver and making a break on the ball or using his make-up move. When asked to mirror a receiver in man coverage the receiver is usually taken out of the play. Uses his long arms to make plays on the ball and deflections lead to turnovers and creating turnovers is the top job of any defender. Usually shadows his man to the point that he’s shied away from.
Tackling. As a corner Oliver does enough to slow the ball carrier down so reinforcements can come in and bring the ball carrier down. Doesn’t shy away from the collision but not consistent as a tackler. Another thing that may hurt Oliver is his lack of quickness in short range this could be a problem when covering the slot or if forced to press a receiver, but has shown the ability to make up initial separation from his assigned man.
A young Dominique Rodgers Cromartie
In the pass happy NFL, defense is played either with an outstanding pass rush or with strong secondary play, Oliver provides any team with a corner they can leave on an island allowing the pass rush that extra half second to get to the quarterback. A player of his size, speed and flexibility should flourish in the correct system. Oliver is an elite athlete, he earned the All Pac-12 honors as a decathlete. The combination of the aforementioned characteristics make Isaiah Oliver a solid first round pick.
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