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Eric Olsen

Height: 6-4 | Weight: 306 | College: Notre Dame
 
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Overview

Feisty and aggressive is the best way to describe Olsen's play in the trenches. His versatility and powerful frame helped him dominate bull rushers, no matter where he plays on the field. His ability to play all three interior positions has talent evaluators comparing him to the Jacksonville Jaguars' Brad Meester.

Called by the UND the finest lineman in the program, Olsen lived up to that reputation moving into the starting lineup during his sophomore season. He answered the call at right offensive guard for the final six games of the 2007 season, started all year at left guard during the 2008 campaign and anchored the front wall for 12 starts as the team's center during his senior year.

At Brooklyn Polytechnic Prep, Olsen was named the 2005 New York Gatorade Player of the Year. Lining up at left offensive tackle and defensive end, the three-year starter blocked for an offense that featured a 1,000-yard rusher in each of those seasons. Throughout his career, he never allowed an opponent to register a quarterback sack.

The team compiled a 5-3 record during his senior season, as Olsen recorded 53 tackles, eight sacks, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in 2005. As a junior, he was selected the team's Outstanding Offensive Player. He also excelled in lacrosse, scoring 50 goals during his junior season, as the team captured the league title.

When he enrolled at Notre Dame in 2006, Olsen had to bide his time with the second unit, but managed just under 21 minutes of action through eight games as an offensive guard. The following season, he played in all but the one (Purdue) contest. After being used mostly on special teams and with the second unit, he emerged as the team's starter at right guard for the final six games.

Olsen was on the move again in 2008, taking over the left guard slot, as he started all 13 games. He was the team's most consistent blocker the first half of the season, but the entire front wall hit a rough patch in the second half. He would revive his game in time for the Hawaii Bowl, where he graded a season-high 98% for blocking consistency. He finished his junior campaign delivering nine touchdown-resulting blocks while coming up with 82 knockdowns.

As a senior, Olsen was named team captain and again shifted positions, as the coaching staff felt the Irish aerial game would succeed with their best lineman in the middle of the front wall. The Guardian of the Year Award winner (given annually to the team's top offensive lineman) allowed just one quarterback sack on 447 pass plays. He produced 84 knockdowns and had nine touchdown-resulting blocks, as Notre Dame improved its passing attack, ranking fifth in the nation (323.5 yards per game) after finishing 34th nationally the previous season (245.38 yards per game).

Analysis

Pass blocking: Strong anchor and good knee bend. Can mirror after initial contact against tackles. Likes to punch defenders when helping guards, knocking them to the ground at times. Keeps his man on the ground once he falls. Struggles with quickness and recovery, reaching and bending at the waist to pick up late blitzers and twists. Accurate shotgun snap with his head up facing the line. Sells run block fake on bootlegs.

Run blocking: Good drive blocker who pushes his man downfield. Keeps feet moving after first contact but will overextend and lacks flexibility to sustain against slippery quicker defenders. Also strong enough to turn his man out of the hole. Stays on first block too long at times, allowing linebackers to penetrate before he can get to them.

Pulling/trapping: Foot speed and change of direction abilities are not elite and has a bit of extra weight in the middle, but gives good effort to get around the line when pulling or trapping in front of run plays. Best when hitting stationery targets; will miss adjusting to oncoming defenders.

Initial Quickness: Gets hands up quickly into his man's jersey after the snap, even when man-up against nose tackles. Good initial punch, but it's not enough to knock his man back.

Downfield: A bit heavy-footed moving to the linebackers, but almost always finds a target to hit. Will go after two, three or four players downfield, playing through the whistle. Effective cut blocker downfield.

Intangibles: Charlie Weis called Olsen the line's "heart and soul." Durable lineman who fights through pain. Smart enough to make line calls. Plays with a nasty streak - knows his toughest opponent and goes after him all game long.

Career Notes

Olsen appeared in 44 games for the Fighting Irish, starting his final 31 games (six at right guard in 2007; 13 at left guard in 2008; 12 at center in 2009) … During his last two season, the lineman registered 166 knockdowns, 18 touchdown-resulting blocks and eight downfield blocks … He was penalized just once during his final 1,731 plays and allowed only four quarterback sacks and four pressures combined on 894 pass plays during his junior and senior seasons.

2009 Season

All-American honorable mention and All-Major Independent first-team selection by The NFL Draft Report … Recipient of the Guardian of the Year Award at the Notre Dame football banquet, given annually to the team's top offensive lineman … .Served as one of four team captains … Started all 12 games at center, allowing only one quarterback sack through 447 pass plays … Was the major reason that QB Jimmy Clausen had time to lead an aerial attack that placed fifth in the nation with an average of 323.5 yards per game … Notre Dame also finished eighth nationally in total offense (451.75 yards per game), as they averaged 30.08 points per game … The center delivered 84 knockdown blocks, nine touchdown-resulting blocks and four blocks downfield … Was penalized just once on 848 offensive snaps … Graded 85% or better for blocking consistency in seven games, including a season-best 93% in a fierce battle vs. the Southern California swarming defense … Produced a string of three-straight games where he did not allow his blocking assignments to record any tackles (vs. USC, Boston College and Washington State).

2008 Season

Olsen started all 13 games at left offensive guard, registering 82 knockdown blocks to go with nine touchdown-resulting blocks and four downfield blocks … Provided solid pass protection as the Irish averaged 245.38 aerial yards per game … Allowed just three quarterback sacks on 447 pass plays … Also made 61 appearances on special teams …

Graded 85 percent or better for blocking consistency in four contests, including a season-best 92 percent vs. Hawaii.

2007 Season

Olsen played in all but the Purdue game … Relegated to second unit duty and 59 snaps on special teams during the first half of the season, he started the final six games of the schedule at right offensive guard, earning his first collegiate starting assignment in the Boston College clash … The Notre Dame offense struggled all season, finishing dead last in the major college ranks (119th) with an average of just 242.25 yards per game … The front wall also gave up a nation-high 58 sacks for losses totaling 415 yards (4.83 sacks per game) … Olsen had a 7-yard kickoff return vs. Duke.

2006 Season

Olsen saw limited action in his first season at Notre Dame … The reserve offensive guard logged 20:45 minutes of playing time in eight games.

Injury Report

No major injuries reported.

Agility Tests

Campus: 5.22 in the 40-yard dash … 1.77 10-yard dash … 3.08 20-yard dash … 4.78 20-yard shuttle … 8.07 three-cone drill … 29-inch vertical jump … 7'9" broad jump … Bench pressed 225 pounds 35 times … 32 1/2-inch arm length … 9 1/2-inch hands.

High School

Attended Brooklyn (N.Y.) Polytechnic Prep Country Day School, playing football for head coach Craig Jacoby … Named the 2005 New York Gatorade Player of the Year … Lining up at left offensive tackle and defensive end, the three-year starter blocked for an offense that featured a 1,000-yard rusher in each of those seasons … Throughout his career, he never allowed an opponent to register a quarterback sack … The team compiled a 5-3 record during his senior season, as Olsen recorded 53 tackles, eight sacks, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in 2005 … As a junior, he was selected the team's Outstanding Offensive Player … Excelled in lacrosse, scoring 50 goals during his junior season, as the team captured the league title … Attended Notre Dame's 2005 summer football camp.

Personal

Industrial Design major, enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters … Son of Joanne and Andrew Olsen … Born 6/16/88 … Resides in Staten Island, New York.

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Latest News
04/26/2010 - A closer look at the Broncos' picks: Round 6/183 -- Eric Olsen, C, 6-4, 306, Notre Dame, Although Olsen was Notre Dame's center last year, the Broncos figure he'll start his career at guard but can also compete at the open starting center position.

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