Bills select Ed Oliver ninth overall in the 2019 NFL Draft

Buffalo stays put and grabs the defensive tackle out of Houston

Kyle Powell
April 25, 2019 - 9:35 pm

Photo: Christopher Hanewinckel - USA TODAY Sports

Despite any last-minute speculations of a trade on the first day of the 2019 NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills elected to keep the ninth overall pick and take defensive tackle Ed Oliver out of Houston.

A three-year starter for the Cougars, Oliver posted some strong numbers while in Houston with 192 career tackles, including a career-high 73 during his sophomore campaign. 53 of those 192 tackles were for loss as well. Oliver also posted 13.5 career college sacks and forced five fumbles.

At the NFL Combine, the Houston native measured out at 6' 2" and 287-pounds, and posted scores of 32 on the 225-pound bench press, 120 inches on the broad jump and a 4.73 in the 40-yard dash.

Oliver immediately addresses a spot of need for the Bills, and should play alongside Star Lotulelei in his rookie season this fall.

Head coach Sean McDermott and general manager Brandon Beane spoke with the Buffalo media following the selection of Oliver:

 

Sean McDermott:

"No one is going to replace Kyle Williams. I want to temper expectations right off the bat. Ed is going to have to bring his lunch pail to work every day and earn everything he gets. We're excited to see Ed in our system and integrate him with our group. We're anxious to get Ed in here so he can learn the defense and take things one rep at a time. He's an energetic, young man with a good smile and will definitely energize the guys early on. You could feel him. That's presence; that's energy. When Ed worked out, you could feel the quickness and power and the juice. More than anything, this young man's competitive nature showed through."

 

Brandon Beane:

"We liked where we were at pick nine. We hoped we were getting a player worthy of that pick and I think we did. Ed is a competitor. He fits Buffalo. We weren't able to address the defensive tackle position in free agency, so this fits very well for us. We were worried with the Detroit Lions on the clock, someone might trade up with them and get him before we could. As Sean said, we're excited and we thought this worked out pretty well for us, especially once the New York Giants took the second quarterback of the draft. That helped things really take shape on our boards."

 

Beane also added that even though Kyle Williams' retirement made defensive tackle a position of need, the team would have selected Oliver regardless if Williams was still active or not.

You can hear McDermott and Beane's entire media session below:

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