HOUSTON – Following the first spring practice of the 2018 season, Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver announced his intentions to enter the NFL Draft at the conclusion of his junior season.
#Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver becomes the first underclassman to put his name into the 2019 NFL draft. The All-American announced his intentions to enter the NFL Draft at the conclusion of his junior season in the fall.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) March 6, 2018
Houston native become the first underclassmen to win the Outland Trophy in the award’s history dating back to 1946.
“This was a dream of mine coming in," Oliver said. "I knew I was going on a business trip, and whether my business trip was three years or four years it just depended on how early I got on the field and how effective I was."
A consensus All-American and The American Athletic Conference’s Defensive Player of the Year, Oliver was also a finalist for the Nagurski Trophy and, according to Bovada, has the best odds of any defensive player in the 2018 Heisman Trophy race.
He was also rated the nation’s top player in Athlon’s early ranking of college football's top 50 returning players for 2018.