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CBS Sports draft writer Chris Trapasso compares Houston junior DT Ed Oliver to St. Louis Rams DT Aaron Donald.

Donald is one of -- if not the -- best players in football, not just defensive lineman. So, when you get compared to a player like this, it's a good thing. Obvious point is obvious. Trapasso notes that Oliver "Possesses the athleticism and speed of an off-ball linebacker but is 6-3 and 280-ish pounds, Incredible suddenness off the snap and into the backfield, and his twitchiness is elite." Like many, he does note that he needs to improve his pass-rushing skills, but he's far from bereft from pass-rushing moves. Oliver should be considered among the favorites to be the first pick of the 2019 draft.
Source: CBS Sports
May 25 - 7:30 PM

Nashville has been selected to host the 2019 NFL Draft.

"As we all know, Nashville has a well-deserved reputation as a city that loves the big stage and loves a big party," said Tennessee Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk. Next year's draft is scheduled to take place from Thursday, April 25, to Saturday, April 27.
Source: NFL.com
May 25 - 2:39 PM

ESPN's Adam Rittenberg lists Houston redshirt sophomore S Deontay Anderson as one of the transfers who can shake up football.

Anderson joins the Cougars from Ole Miss, and he's one of the big-name players who received immediate playing time due to the Rebels honesty -- or lack thereof -- with the investigation of their sanctions. " Ed Oliver won't be the only decorated recruit playing for Houston's defense in 2018," writes Rittenberg. "Anderson, ESPN's No. 1 safety and No. 41 overall recruit in the 2016 class, should give the Cougars a major boost."
Source: ESPN
May 14 - 4:09 PM

Utah redshirt senior WR Raelon Singleton transferred to Houston as a graduate.

Singleton (6'3/215) left the Utes in January in relation to unspecified family matters. He entered the collegiate ranks out of the state of Texas, making Houston a logical destination to allow him to be closer to home. It's a makes-complete-sense get for HC Major Applewhite and company, as the Cougars are facing a depth chart deficit at wideout following the departures of Linell Bonner and Steven Dunbar after the close of the 2017 season. Indeed, Houston's leading returning receiver for the upcoming campaign is none other than D'Eriq King. Who now plays quarterback. Singleton caught 36 passes for 531 yards and four touchdowns last season.
May 9 - 3:31 PM

Pro Football Focus believes Houston junior DT Ed Oliver needs to improve his pass rush in order to be a candidate for the first overall pick.

That's not to say that they're not fans of Oliver. On the contrary, in fact. They gave the talented defender a grade of 92.6, one of the very best of any player -- sophomore or not -- in 2017. Much of that grade was Oliver's dominance against the run, however, as he "only" registered an 80.9 pass-rushing grade last year. A team that is selecting a defensive tackle first will likely want to see Oliver a bit better getting to the quarterback. If he is, he'll be the prohibitive favorite to go with that top pick.
May 5 - 1:14 PM

Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom has Houston junior DT Ed Oliver going to the Buffalo Bills in his 2019 Mock Draft.

Oliver has already declared his intention to enter the 2019 NFL Draft, so there won't be any drama behind that decision. There shouldn't be, either. As Nystrom notes, Oliver (6'2/290) is a "special talent," and he likely would have gone very early had he been eligible for the 2018 version. "The Bills will still badly need a No. 1 receiver at this time next year, but 1.1 might be a tad early for [Ole Miss WR] A.J. Brown," he writes. "It’s not too early for Oliver, who has been dominating at the collegiate level since becoming the rare five-star recruit to sign with a Group of 5 team (16.5 TFL last year despite constant double teams)."
Source: Rotoworld
Apr 30 - 6:15 PM

Colts selected Houston LB Matt Adams with the No. 221 pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Standing 6-foot-even, 229 pounds, Adams posted a solid 4.63 forty at his Pro Day with a 33.5-inch vertical and a 10-foot-2 broad jump. Despite those numbers, he may top out as a two-down player in the NFL.
Apr 28 - 5:46 PM

Tennessee senior QB Quinten Dormady transferred to Houston as a graduate.

Dormady opened the 2017 season as Tennessee's starter, but struggled early on and eventually was supplanted by redshirt freshman Jarrett Guarantano in October. The 6-foot-4, 216-pounder was also dealing with a shoulder injury last autumn, one which required season-ending surgery. All told, Dormady threw for 925 yards (55.5% completions) with a 6/6 TD/INT ratio over the course of six games played during the most recent campaign. At Houston, he'll be eligible to play immediately as a graduate and will look to unseat D'Eriq King as starter for the Cougars.
Apr 18 - 1:23 PM

Scout Inc's Steve Muench believes the Saints should target Houston QB Kyle Allen on Day 3.

Muench lists South Dakota State as the player they should target in the first, and Rutgers edge-rusher Kemoko Turay as a target for Day 2. Allen has seen his draft stock soar after his strong pro day, and he's gone from a certainty to go undrafted to a player that could go in the fourth or fifth-round. "Allen is one of the most underrated QB prospects in this class due to his lack of experience and there's a lot to like about his upside," Muench writes. "Playing behind Drew Brees and for Sean Payton could unlock his potential and give the Saints their quarterback of the future."
Source: ESPN
Apr 16 - 7:35 PM

Bleacher Report's Kerry Miller ranks Houston DT Ed Oliver as the top junior in the 2018 season.

Oliver was sensational in his sophomore season for the Cougars, picking up 73 tackles -- a very high number for an interior lineman -- and 16.5 of those going for loss. he's already declared for the NFL Draft, and he's the odds on favorite to be the first-overall selection in next year's draft. ". Given what he has done without much of a supporting cast at Houston, front offices will be chomping at the bit to pair this game-changing athlete with quality defensive ends and linebackers," Miller writes. "He could be the best DT since Warren Sapp."
Apr 14 - 1:30 PM

The Houston Chronicle's Joseph Duarte passes along that Houston redshirt senior CB Jeremy Winchester appears to have left the team.

Per Duarte, the 5-foot-11, 203-pound Winchester has not been spotted participating in spring practice. His departure has not yet been confirmed by Houston, but unless the program indicates to the contrary, it looks like they're now down another defensive back, having just previously lost S Collin Wilder, who intends to transfer. Winchester signed on with Houston as a three-star recruit in the 2014 class and has worked as a sometime-starter for the Cougars over the past two seasons. In that two-year space, he's recorded a total of 88 tackles. Should Winchester be angling for a transfer, word figures to surface in the relatively near future.
Apr 5 - 12:37 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline relays that Houston QB Kyle Allen "threw the ball well" during Wednesday's pro day.

Allen measured in at 6-foot-3, 209 pounds on Wednesday. We do not view him as a draftable prospect -- it's been a long slide since he joined Texas A&M as a five-star recruit in 2014 -- but he's trying as best he can to convince that he's worth signing as an undrafted free agent.
Mar 15 - 1:31 PM

Houston redshirt senior RB Duke Catalon has left the team for personal reasons.

Catalon (6'0/215) was a four-star recruit coming out of high school. He initially signed on with Texas before transferring to Houston. While the redshirt senior has led the team in rushing for each of the past two seasons, he has yet to truly break out -- Catalon averaged 3.6 and 4.3 YPC in 2016 and 2017. In neither of those seasons did he top 640 yards rushing. His next step now that he has left the program is unknown. Houston will likely turn to Mulbah Car in his absence.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 6 - 12:15 PM

Houston junior DT Ed Oliver announced that he will enter the 2019 NFL Draft and forego his senior season.

Well, this is early. Oliver (6'3/290) makes the announcement nearly two months before the 2018 NFL Draft will take place. While it is early, it's also fairly obvious. Oliver will start the year at or near the top of most teams draft boards. He won the 2018 Outland Award as the best interior lineman, and he's dominated the American Athletic Conference ever since enrolling at Houston. He has a real chance of being the first pick come next April.
Mar 5 - 10:42 PM

The NCAA awarded Houston redshirt senior LB Austin Robinson an additional year of eligibility.

Robinson (6'3/235) is receiving what's termed a "legislative relief waiver" from the governing body. He'll be eligible for each of the next two seasons, now. During the past campaign, the UTSA transfer started four games while appearing in 12 for the Cougars. In that space, he registered 33 tackles (4.0 for loss) and a sack.
Feb 22 - 1:00 PM


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