After picking a wide receiver with their 26th pick last night, the hole at DT remained for the Falcons. The Falcons, despite the obvious need at DT, decide to go after Isaiah Oliver, CB, Colorado. Here is my instant analysis and grade on the pick as well as my scouting report!
Hand: 9 3/4
Arm: 33 1/2
40 yard dash: 4.5
Bench Press: Injury
Broad Jump: Injury
3 Cone Drill: Injury
20 Yard Shuttle: Injury
Great athlete (decathlete), elite combination of size and speed, deep speed, soft hands, has good makeup speed and arm length which allows him to have a greater margin for error, aggressive when a receiver catches it (claws and rakes at the ball to pull it out), requires touch and precision from the opposing qb in order to loft it over his big frame
Struggles to gear down, too tall in backpedal, lacks aggressiveness in run support and tackle finishing, has trouble keeping up with receivers right out of their breaks
I wanted the Falcons to take Hurst or another DT here but a CB is a good pick anyways. The Oliver pick is a great pick though as he is a 1st round talent who somehow dropped into the Falcons lap. Oliver is raw but isn’t as raw as Jalen Collins when we picked him and he made an impact so expect Oliver to be ushered into the league slowly and compete with Poole beginning in camp for the nickel corner position. A lot of fans might be unhappy with this pick as DT is a bigger need, but I trust Dimitroff, Quinn, and Blank when it comes to the draft!
Stay tuned tomorrow for a piece on how Oliver will fit in with this fast and physical defense!