Isaiah Oliver

Colorado
CB

Prospect Info

College
Colorado
Hometown
Class
Goodyear, AZ
Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 0"
201 lbs
33 1/2”
Hands
9 3/4”

Prospect Grade

5.90
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade

2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
Atlanta
Falcons
Round 2 ‧ Pick 26
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Oliver's father, Muhammad, played cornerback at Oregon, was an NCAA All-American in track and field, a world-class decathlete, and played five seasons in the NFL. His uncle, Damon Mays, also played college ball (receiver at Missouri) and in the NFL. Scouts are high on Isaiah's pro promise due to his size and tenacious nature. He also received the athleticism genes, starring in high school football (27 yards per reception, 12 touchdowns, seven interceptions, nine blocked punts as a senior) and track (state champ in 110 and 300-meter hurdles, 4x400 relay) in Arizona. Oliver made a splash as a true freshman, playing in all 13 games and starting three (19 tackles, six pass breakups). While he only started twice in 2016 behind 2017 NFL Draft pick Ahkello Witherspoon, he made 25 tackles, intercepted a pass, and broke up 13 passes. He also returned punts the second half of the season (14 returns, 164 yards, one touchdown). Oliver became a star in his own right in his junior year, garnering first-team All-Pac-12 honors with 27 tackles, two interceptions, and 13 pass breakups despite missing time with a leg injury. Oliver participated on the Buffaloes' track squad as a freshman, finishing seventh in the Pac-12 conference meet as a decathlete.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 1-2
NFL Comparison
Artie Burns
Overview
Oliver possesses an outstanding combination of size, speed and length and those traits are highly coveted by NFL general managers. There are coverage holes in Oliver's game and he needs to play with increased toughness, but he's just scratching the surface of what his talent could allow him to do on the next level with more experience and technique work. Oliver has a high ceiling as a bump-and-run, lockdown corner, but might benefit from a limited role his rookie season.
Strengths
  • Elite size and speed with arms that go on and on for days
  • Looks the way teams want corners to look
  • Competitive decathlete
  • Plus deep speed and explosive leaper
  • Disrupts route release with long jabs into receiver's frame from press
  • Easy to open and sprint against vertical threats
  • Has tools and trigger to stalk and challenge routes underneath from off-man
  • Greater margin for error early in the rep due to makeup speed and arm length
  • Aggressive to claw and rake hands and arms through catch attempt
  • Has soft hands
  • Requires touch and precision to drop downfield throws over his rangy frame
Weaknesses
  • Struggles to gear down from sprint mode
  • Unable to stay in phase with comeback routes from bump and run
  • Too tall in backpedal
  • Transitions to match pattern carry wasted steps
  • Mirror and match footwork doesn't come easily from off-man
  • Allows workable separation from route stems and breaks
  • Can't plant and redirect quickly on lateral change of direction
  • Doesn't play with much edge
  • Too much ankle biting as a tackler and will need to increase aggressiveness in run support

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league