Josh Oliver

San Jose State

Prospect Info

College
San Jose State
Hometown
Class
CA
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 5"
249 lbs
33 1/2”
Hands
10 3/4”

Prospect Grade

5.54
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Jacksonville
Jaguars
Round 3 ‧ Pick 5
Go to Pick
40 Yard Dash
4.63u
Seconds
 
Bench Press
22
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
34.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
117.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.21
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.47
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
12.01
Seconds
 

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Oliver was recruited to play a rush end/linebacker by San Jose State out of Paso Robles, as he was an All-State player on that side of the ball. However, the Spartans suffered injuries at the tight end position, and he had experience as a receiver in high school. Oliver actually started four games as a true freshman in 2015, making four catches for 36 yards (9.0 average) and scoring in the fourth quarter of the AutoNation Cure Bowl. Though his receiving totals were meager in 2016 (3-26-8.7, one TD), coaches started him in 9 of 12 games played. Oliver was a larger part of the offense in his junior season, catching 35 passes for 296 yards (8.5 average) and scoring once in 12 games (11 starts). He nearly doubled his yards per reception as a senior, averaging 12.7 yards on his team-high 56 catches (709 total) and scoring four times to earn first-team All-Mountain West Conference honors.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 5
NFL Comparison
Vance McDonald
Overview
Above-average, mid-air athlete with plus ball skills who was forced to deal with coverages that were consistently shaded in his direction thanks to an excessive target count. Oliver's route-running and ball-tracking talent allow him to work beyond the first level and can help NFL team's looking to push the ball downfield. Oliver will flash as an in-line blocker at times but might need to enter the league as a TE2/3 who works from the slot until he becomes more skilled and consistent at the point of attack.
Strengths
  • Highly regarded by teammates
  • Has put in necessary time and work to improve his body and skill set
  • Heavily-targeted primary receiver asked to work all three levels
  • Good hip flip for easy work-around against jamming linebackers
  • Uses fully formed route tree with all the branches
  • Good balance and attention to detail in his routes
  • Accelerates to separate out of turn and stems
  • Good speed alterations to adjust to throws behind him
  • Able to maintain top speed throughout ball-tracking if needed
  • Majestic, bounding strides to rise and capture high throws in deep middle
  • Superb body control and catch radius to turn incompletions into catches
  • Developed quick hands thanks to throws that were put on top of him prematurely
  • Catches through crunching blows from safeties sniping at him
  • Shows capacity to improve and help in pass protection
Weaknesses
  • Takes time getting out of stance and into his route as in-line tight end
  • Runs with pumping, flailing arms
  • Might lack top-end speed to separate as vertical seam-worker
  • Run blocking will need work before he can handle NFL in-line duties
  • Inconsistent footwork into and after engagement impacts ability to finish
  • Plays with narrow base and inconsistent hand usage as drive-blocker
  • Doesn't gather and come to balance as move-blocker
  • Too many complete whiffs on blocks across formation
Sources Tell Us

"I had him as my sleeper this summer, but he just put too much on tape to stay a sleeper. He can work in the slot but he needs to get better as a blocker so he can stay on the field on every down." -- West Coast scout for AFC team
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