Draft Profile: BioBraelen Oliver from Douglas County High School was rated a 3-star recruit by ESPN and handed a 3-star grade by 247 Sports. After high school, Oliver joined Minnesota.
In 2018 as a freshman Oliver saw action in just 2 games and played a total of 8 snaps at cornerback for the Golden Gophers. He recorded no tackles, no assists, while adding no stops.
As a sophomore for the Golden Gophers in 2019 Oliver played in 13 games and took part in 211 snaps for the Golden Gophers. He recorded 11 tackles, 5 assists, while adding 10 stops. In coverage Oliver made one pass breakup, no interceptions, and an unimpressive QB rating when targetted of 157.1. As a pass rusher, he chalked up 7 total pressures, and 2 QB hurries, 3 QB hits, and 2 sacks during the year.
In 2021 as a junior Oliver played in 13 games and contributed on 278 snaps. He recorded 20 tackles, 5 assists while making 9 stops. In coverage Oliver chalked up one pass breakup, no interceptions, and a very good QB rating when targetted of 67.4. As a pass rusher, he produced 3 total pressures, which included one QB hurry, 2 QB hits, and no sacks on the year.
In 2022 as a senior Oliver logged playing time in 12 games and logged a total of 345 snaps for the Golden Gophers. He also added 18 tackles, 7 assists, and 12 stops. While in coverage Oliver made no pass breakups, no interceptions, and QB rating when targetted of 90.7. As a pass rusher, he tallied 7 total pressures, which included 6 QB hurries, no QB hits, and one sack on the season.
Scouting Report: Strengths
- Strong hands to make plays on the ball, effective blitzer who shows well-coached technique and awareness.
- Oliver has the straight-line speed to recover. His ball skills are tremendous, with good hands and the potential to take it to the house any time Oliver gets his hands on the ball.
- A tough, fearless athlete who plays with a physical and aggressive mentality on the football field.
- Oliver is aggressive in run support, with a physical mentality, but struggles to break down space and leaves production on the field.
- Is a bit of a cornerback-safety teener with only average size, speed, and length, but gets the most out of his ability and works hard to improve his game.
- He’s long and strong enough in his core to steer receivers to the sideline without getting grabby with his hands when playing inside technique.
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
- Feet aren’t ideal, as Oliver gets sloppy in his backpedal and can be sluggish when transitioning to close on the ball.
- Like a lot of collegiate corners, he has a tendency to get grabby, something that will have to be coached out of him.
- Zone-specific prospect who is likely only a fit in nickel or dime packages with predominantly man-to-man teams.
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