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2015 NFL DRAFT
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Adamm Oliver, DE

Height: 6-4 | Weight: 268 | College: Georgia Tech
 
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Overview

Nicknamed "The Machine" because of his high-effort style on the field, Adamm Oliver has worked overtime to rehabilitate from December left knee surgery to repair an anterior cruciate ligament damage that he suffered in the regular-season finale vs. Georgia. His presence was missed in Tech's loss to Fresno State in the 2007 Humanitarian Bowl.

Oliver was called by defensive coordinator John Tenuta, "one of Tech's most dependable, consistent performers on the defensive line." The three-year starter at right defensive end proved to be an effective run-stopper and the staff took advantage of his versatility by moving him inside to defensive tackle in passing situations.

Oliver attended Ridgewood High School, where he earned first-team Class 4-A All-State honors from the Florida Sportswriters Association. He was named to the Florida Top 100 squad by the Orlando Sentinel and also garnered first-team All-County recognition on defense and second-team accolades on offense by the Tampa Tribune, which also named him Pasco County Defensive Player of the Year.

The Sunshine Athletic Conference Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year started at defensive end and running back. He registered a school-record 151 tackles as a senior, along with 6.5 sacks, six forced fumbles and five blocked punts. He also set a school record with nine sacks as a junior. He rushed for 1,154 yards and 15 touchdowns as a senior after gaining over 500 yards as a junior.

Oliver redshirted at Georgia Tech in 2003. He earned Freshman All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors in 2004. He started three of 12 games that season, totaling 27 tackles (14 solos) with three sacks and 5.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage, as he also broke up a pass and recovered a fumble.

In 2005, Oliver moved into the starting lineup, competing at left defensive end in eight games and at right end in four contests. He would go on to start his next 38 games for the Yellow Jackets. He produced 41 tackles (21 solo), six stops for losses, including three sacks, as he also recovered and caused a fumble.

As a junior, Oliver manned the right end position, starting all 14 games. He was named All-Atlantic Coast Conference second-team, as he delivered a career-high 70 tackles (38 solos). He totaled 3.5 sacks with 11 stops for losses. He also had one fumble recovery that he had caused.

Oliver started all 12 regular-season games in 2007. He posted 41 tackles (21 solo), as he registered 4.5 sacks and eight stops behind the line of scrimmage. For the third straight year, he also caused and recovered one fumble.

In 50 games at Georgia Tech, Oliver started 41 contests. He finished his career with 179 tackles (94 solo), 14 sacks for minus-103 yards and 30.5 stops for losses totaling 143 yards. He caused three fumbles and recovered four others, advancing one 7 yards. He also broke up three passes.

Analysis

Positives: Has a developing frame with good width and muscle mass, along with room to add at least another 10 pounds of bulk with no loss in quickness … Has developed arms, large, strong hands and adequate upper-body strength … Nicknamed "The Machine" for his high motor on the field, he is a classic overachiever who performs better than his athletic skills indicate when on the move … His best asset is his ability to track the ball while in motion, as he has good playing speed and a fine grasp for taking angles needed to shorten the field and close on the ball with good urgency … Smart player who knows football and shows the awareness and recognition on the field to quickly diagnose plays … Intense competitor who demonstrates outstanding effort in pursuit and the ability to make plays on the move … Goes all out on every play and will battle until the whistle … Hard worker who gives tremendous effort both on and off the field … Has good vision, doing a nice job of locating the ball quickly and slipping past blockers to make the play … Relentless and productive in pursuit, as he will use everything that he has in his arsenal to get to the ball … Possesses the loose hips, lateral moves and quickness to make plays down the line … Hard hitter who generates good pop behind his hits … Plays with good body lean and is alert to the blocker's moves, doing a nice job of slipping under the offensive tackle's outside shoulder to generate backside pressure … Has a strong hand punch to jolt the lineman, but does need to use them more often to fend off low blocks … Can anchor better at the point of attack from the outside than when playing in-line … Has the recovery speed to push the outside running game back to the inside and then takes good angles to neutralize the cutback … Effective on stunts, thanks to good rip and spin moves … Solid wrap-up tackler with a strong anchor to hold ground, using his leg drive and strong upper body to impede the forward progress of a ballcarrier.

Negatives: Has good speed in pursuit, but lacks burst to close on the quarterback … Shows only adequate initial quickness and suddenness to shoot gaps and accelerate upfield off the snap when he plays too tall, as his base narrows and he struggles to shed blocks … Doesn't have the bulk to hold the point of attack vs. double teams, especially when he plays with a high pad level, and is routinely collapsed by the combo blockers … Doesn't use his hands well to shed blockers and leaves his chest exposed a lot (hands get out of his framework often), as this allows him to be controlled by offensive linemen … Consistently wraps up and runs through the ballcarrier on contact, but struggles to breakdown and tackle in space … Lacks pass-rush moves (more effective as a bull rusher) and struggles to redirect and flatten to the quarterback with blockers on his body … Has good quickness on the move, but lacks the sudden burst to surprise a lethargic blocker … Needs to use his upper-body strength more to shed blocks, as he tends to avoid contact and take a wide loop into the backfield, failing to seal the deal when asked to collapse the pocket (had only one quarterback pressure for his career) … Needs to be more effective reading the pre-snap, as he lets blockers gain position on him, as he will be late off the snap … When he gets too tall and narrows his base, blockers have good success washing him out of the play … Recent knee surgery should be a concern, as he won't be able to perform for teams until very close to the draft, if at that.

Compares To: ERIC MOORE-St. Louis … Like Moore, Oliver is relentless and his motor never stops. Oliver is best when making plays on the move, but he lacks suddenness to be an impact edge rusher, getting most of his sacks when he locates a clear lane to close on the quarterback. With his December knee surgery, all he could hope for is that some team looks at him as a decent developmental guy and uses a late-round pick on him. He will give decent depth but shouldn't be considered someone who can eventually start.

Career Notes

Oliver's 30.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage rank 15th on the school's all-time record list.

2007 Season

Started all 12 regular-season games at right defensive end … Suffered a left knee anterior cruciate ligament damage that required reconstructive surgery on Dec. 6 … Made 41 tackles (21 solo) with 4.5 sacks for minus-28 yards and eight stops for losses of 40 yards … Caused and recovered a fumble … Also deflected one pass.

2007 Game Analysis

Opened the season with three tackles vs. Notre Dame … Had seven tackles and assisted on a sack of QB Matt Ryan vs. Boston College … Added three hits and a stop behind the line of scrimmage vs. Maryland … Posted a pair of tackles with an assisted sack in the Army game … Credited with five solo tackles and a sack, causing a fumble that he recovered vs. Virginia Tech … Made six tackles (three solo) and a pair of sacks vs. Duke … Followed with four tackles and a stop behind the line of scrimmage vs. North Carolina.

2006 Season

Second-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection … Started all 14 games at right defensive end, recording a career-high 70 tackles (38 solo) with 3.5 sacks for minus-25 yards, 11 stops for losses of 41 yards and a quarterback pressure … Also recovered and caused a fumble.

2006 Game Analysis

Had five tackles in the season opener vs. Notre Dame … Posted six hits (three solo) vs. Samford and added five tackles (four solo) in the Troy contest … Had a sack, two stops for losses of five yards and three tackles vs. Virginia … Credited with eight tackles (five solos) and recovered a fumble vs. Virginia Tech … Delivered 11 tackles (three solos) with an 11-yard sack vs. Clemson … Posted six solo tackles with a 10-yard sack, two stops behind the line of scrimmage and a forced fumble vs. Miami … Added five hits, including one for a 2-yard loss vs. Georgia … Had seven tackles and 1.5 stops for minus 3 yards vs. Wake Forest in the ACC Championship Game.

2005 Season

Started eight games at left defensive end and four at right end (when Eric Henderson was injured) … Recorded 41 tackles (21 solos) with three sacks for minus-16 yards and six stops for losses of 25 yards … Broke up a pass, caused a fumble and recovered another that he returned seven yards.

2005 Game Analysis

Made a key stop on third-and-one at the Tech 12-yard line when he tackled Miami tailback Charlie Jones for no gain in the Yellow Jackets victory … Had a tackle for loss and a fumble recovery in Tech's win at 15th-ranked Auburn … Added seven tackles with 1.5 sacks vs. Connecticut and followed with another seven hits vs. Clemson … Had shared sacks vs. both Virginia Tech and North Carolina State.

2004 Season

Named to the Freshman All-ACC team by The Sporting News … Started Tech's first three games at right defensive end when Eric Henderson was injured … Collected 27 tackles (14 solos) with three sacks for minus-34 yards and 5.5 stops for losses of 37 yards … Deflected a pass and recovered a fumble.

2004 Game Analysis

Made a huge play in Tech's win at North Carolina State, as he chased the quarterback and forced an intentional grounding penalty that resulted in an unsuccessful field goal try from 52 yards … Also had a key sack for an 11-yard loss and a pass breakup in Tech's win at Maryland … Had a fumble recovery vs. Samford and posted a season-high five tackles vs. North Carolina.

2003 Season

Redshirted as a freshman.

Injury Report

2007: Suffered anterior cruciate ligament damage in his left knee vs. Georgia (11/24), undergoing surgery on Dec. 6.

Agility Tests

Campus: 4.77 in the 40-yard dash … 410-pound bench press … Bench pressed 225 pounds 29 times … 500-pound squat … 345-pound power clean … 36-inch vertical jump … 9'11" broad jump … 31 3/8-inch arm length … 10 1/8-inch hands … Right-handed … Wears contacts … 31/38 Wonderlic score.

High School

Attended Ridgewood (New Port Richey, Fla.) High School, playing football for head coach Troy Cornwell … Earned first-team Class 4-A All-State honors from the Florida Sports-writers Association … Named to the Florida Top 100 squad by the Orlando Sentinel and also garnered first-team All-County recognition on defense and second-team accolades on offense by the Tampa Tribune, which also named him Pasco County Defensive Player of the Year … The Sunshine Athletic Conference Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year started at both defensive end and running back … Set a record with 151 tackles as a senior, along with 6.5 sacks, six forced fumbles and five blocked punts … Set a school record with nine sacks as a junior … Rushed for 1,154 yards and 15 touchdowns as a senior after gaining over 500 yards as a junior.

Personal

Building Construction major … Son of Cyndi Walker and Stan Oliver … Born Adamm Lee Oliver on 8/05/85 … Resides in New Port Richey, Florida.

 
 

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