Ed Oliver: Talent Over ‘Tude?

April 22nd, 2019

Talented or turbulent?

Ed Oliver is an interesting case.

There is no question with Joe that the defensive tackle from Houston is talented. Perhaps the most talented in the draft. But of late, there’s been a lot written about how Oliver’s talent may not trump a poor attitude.

In a BSPN article typed by Dotun Akintoye, this phrase about Oliver pops up: “Ed’s gonna do Ed,” meaning Oliver moves to the beat of his own drum. He does things on his schedule at his pace. Don’t try to tame the beast.

Then there is respected long-time NFL scribe Bob McGinn, who quoted two unnamed NFL personnel men as saying Oliver is always shooting off his mouth and thus, likely won’t be a team guy.

Yet there is evidence to the contrary. Akintoye quotes Oliver as saying the reason why he announced before the 2018 football season kicked off that he was leaving Houston to turn pro was to spare his teammates all the questions about him.

But then, there is his spat with Houston coach Major Applewhite on the sidelines, which apparently spilled into the locker room.

The question remains with Oliver, is he more of a selfish guy like Albert Haynesworth or a free spirit like Warren Sapp?

29 Responses to “Ed Oliver: Talent Over ‘Tude?”

  1. Diesel Says:

    Only time will tell…..

  2. Todd Says:

    Just watched the hi-light film.

    Let Ed do Ed.

    Signing him would not suck.

  3. Eastsidebuc Says:

    I remember the sideline incident, coach petty AF for that. Shouldn’t he be focused on the game instead OC wardrobe? Guess he had to show power one last time.

  4. Eastsidebuc Says:

    I remember the sideline incident, coach petty AF for that. Shouldn’t he be focused on the game instead of wardrobe? Guess he had to show power one last time.

  5. Not there yet Says:

    Not worried about big personalities with BA but if dirk was here he would never be drafted to Tampa knowing how afraid dirk was. What works in college never does in the nfl unless you hate money. They look for any reason to lowball at big money contract time.

  6. Sport Says:

    Great question Joe. And one I don’t have nearly enough info to form an opinion and definitely not enough to make decision.

    Not there yet said it. If we do take him, it will be BA’s call and his intuition on young men who deserve a chance and privilege to play in the NFL.

    In BA I trust. Go Bucs!

  7. Carrollwood Bucs fan Says:

    Don’t believe anything you read this week.

  8. Bird Says:

    I’m ok with Bucs signing him.

    Just after a trade back

  9. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Bird Says:
    April 22nd, 2019 at 6:42 am
    I’m ok with Bucs signing him.

    Just after a trade back

    I’m with Bird….

  10. JabooBuc Says:

    He’s not Warren Sapp. Warren was/is an ass but he didn’t accept losing. Ed seems much more about Ed and he’s small to boot. Hard pass.

  11. Billy_43 Says:

    Yeah if we pick at say 13.

  12. firethecannons Says:

    watched the highlights–keep seeing him swing Cam Newton around and grinding his face in the grass, Matt Ryan getting knocked back over and over, Drew brees on the run and throwing int to Carlton Davis. We need Ed oliver and he can be had after a trade down, his attitude is good attitude for the Bucs-ask Sapp what he thinks

  13. GrayBalls Says:

    More than one person, in limited comments, talking about “signing” Oliver. Uhhhh….. We would have to draft him first

  14. AlteredEgo Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    I don’t know what these NFL Draft Wizards are smoking that think the Bucs can trade down and get Oliver…especially without including in the magical spell casting over all the teams picking after 5….just which team this would happen with…SMH…

  15. WhatdaBUCisthis Says:

    Oliver @5
    No trade down. Been saying it. He’s the one
    Go BUCS

  16. sarasota garey Says:

    Would be nice to have a mean defensive lineman finally, instead of one helping up the opposing qb and appologizing to him

  17. tmaxcon Says:


    Another type o i see…. I’ll help….

    The question remains with Oliver, is he more of a selfish guy like Cancer93 the face of the basement years or a free spirit like Warren Sapp?

  18. Shane247 Says:

    Oliver @ 5

  19. TBUC North Carolina Says:

    Trading down and getting Oliver ain’t happening!! Oakland may very well take Oliver at 4..

  20. Joe in Michigan Says:

    It’s amazing to me that Bucs fans would want this guy after already showing he’s a head case IN COLLEGE.

  21. 813bucboi Says:

    not worried one bit with BA running the show…..

    oliver @ #5….


  22. Hodad Says:

    This is getting silly. There’s a MLB who’s led the SEC in tackles. He’s gifted at 6′ 1″ 240 lbs, runs a 4.4 40. He’s being compared to Lewis, Willis, and some of the best MLBs to play. His leadership skills are off the charts, and he’s use to being a general on the field. We have a huge need at both MLB, and leadership on a mentally weak defense. Sure thing, can’t miss Devin White.

  23. 813bucboi Says:

    love his motor…..running down QB’s 15yards down the field…..scoring from the RB position….

    kid has tons of untapped talent…pairing him with VV would be hell on opposing teams….


  24. Lord Cornelius Says:

    None of these sound like legit concerns… sounds like a loud talker who does sh1t his own way – ok?

    What I know is on the field the guy plays to the whistile (not lazy)
    What I know is on the field the guy played way out of position and didn’t complain much about it during his time (a team first guy)

    Meanwhile we have Gerald McCoy who would refuse to play different positions while wanting to be the face of the franchise; but he likes superheros and doesn’t cuss so he’s great for our locker room lol?

    We might NEED an attitude like this at DT to change the culture

  25. Kobe Faker Says:

    “Thats what this team needs….anger

    hate to lose, dont accept a good loss

    demand excellence from others as yourselves

    get angry when you lose, hate it with all your might

    The first step to turn this franchise around is…

    Angry Posting”

    Kobe Faker

  26. Caleb Lee Says:

    After reading this it is a bit concerning looking at how players celebrate with him after a splash play (lack thereof). Even on his TD run.. hmmm..

  27. Anonymous Says:

    When the mighty New England Patriots were getting their brains beat in by the New York Giants, can anyone tell me who the Giants’ MLB was ??? Ed Oliver is my choice. Go Bucs.

  28. Hodad Says:

    Think it was Harry Carson, but the Giants did win S.B.’s with L.T., a L.B., and he was the unquestioned leader on that D. That’s also what White brings.

  29. Proudbucsfan Says:

    Why was the highlight video taken down?