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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Houston DT Ed Oliver announces he will leave for 2019 draft

Ed Oliver

If teams miss out on top defensive linemen in the 2018 NFL Draft next month, they will have a chance to scoop one up next year.

Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver, who will be a junior next season, announced on Monday that he will enter the 2019 draft.

“This was a dream of mine coming in,” Oliver said in a statement shared by the university. “I knew I was going on a business trip, and whether my business trip was three years or four years it just depended on how early I got on the field and how effective I was.”

Oliver won the Outland Trophy for his play last season. He had 73 tackles — 16.5 for a loss — as a sophomore last season. The year before, he had 65 tackles — 22 for a loss.

As you could imagine with a player declaring this far in advance of the draft, Oliver is expected to be a high first-round pick next year.

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