Now entering his second NFL season defensive tackle Ed Oliver is primed to take the next step forward with a Pro Bowl appearance.
Ed Oliver was taken with the ninth overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills; a position that many media outlets projected Oliver would never reach as he would be taken within the Top 5. This was unfortunate for Oliver, but was extremely fortunate for the Bills as Detroit would select T.J. Hockenson at the eight spot leaving Oliver for the taking at nine.
During his rookie season with the Buffalo Bills, Oliver showed that exactly what he did on his college film, powering through offensive lines, disrupting the run game and getting after the quarterback. Though he had many notable appearances in the first few weeks of the season, his “homecoming” against the Dallas Cowboys on national televison on Thanksgiving was his “arrival” moment.
In the shadow of Josh Allen that day, who had an arrival of his own, Oliver finished the day with a pair of sacks and a total of four tackles on the day, helping Buffalo walk out of “Jerry’s World” with a win and national recognition. Though Oliver had a productive rookie season, he was left out of the 2019 NFL Pro Bowl but saw teammates Tremaine Edmunds (who replaced the injured Dont’a Hightower) and Tre’Davious White receive their first invite. Oliver certainly had the presence to receive a Pro Bowl nod but was decided against in favor of Cameron Heyward, Chris Jones and Geno Atkins among others.
The biggest issue surrounding Ed Oliver at this point is a potential suspension due to a recent arrest for DWI and unlawfully carrying a gun. The more games he misses, will likely hurt his chances of making the Pro Bowl. However, there is also three big reasons why he will overcome this and make his first Pro Bowl in 2020.