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Name: *Isaiah Oliver 
College: Colorado     Number: 26
Height: 6-0   Weight: 201
Position: CB  Pos2: WR/KR  Class/Draft Year: Jr/2018
40 Low: 4.42
  40 Time: 4.50
   40 High: 4.59

Projected Round: 2      Stock: 
Rated number 7 out of 206 CB's     45 / 2192 TOTAL
Combine Invite: Yes
Height: 6002
Weight: 201

PD3X AKA "Official"
40 Yard Dash (ET):
 4.50

40 Yard Dash (HH): 4.50
20 Yard (ET): 2.65
20 Yard (HH): 2.55
10 Yard (ET): 1.60
10 Yard (HH): 1.56
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 
Vertical Jump: 
Broad Jump: 
20 Yrd Shuttle: 
3-Cone Drill: 
No Bench-Choice/No Full Workout-Finger INJ

Dates: 03/07/18
Hand: 09 3/4  Arm: 33 1/2
Wingspan: 80 5/8

Height: 6002
Weight: 201

40 Yard Dash (HH): 
20 Yard (HH): 
10 Yard (HH): 
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 
Vertical Jump: 
Broad Jump: 
20 Yrd Shuttle: 
3-Cone Drill: 

 4.54  No Workout-Finger INJ at Combine.
 Data Scout Notes: 2017: 12-01-17 - Announced Early Entry into 2018 NFL Draft…1stC...2016: NAC...2015: NAC
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  Isaiah Oliver
Colorado
Cornerback
6-0, 190, 4.56, #26
Goodyear, Ariz.
Brophy Prep
9/30/1996


 Update

  12/08/17 - 2017 ALL-PAC-12 FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DB Isaiah Oliver, Jr., Colorado,...Oliver led the conference in passes defended (breakups plus interceptions) and tied for seventh in the FBS with 1.50 per game. He played in 10 contests, missing two due to injury, and despite that fact his 13 total pass breakups ranked in a tie for second in the league and tied for 12th nationally. Oliver also intercepted two passes on the season. Last Friday, Oliver declared his intentions to leave school early and enter 2018 NFL Draft. Thus, he finishes his career tied for 10th in Colorado history for the most pass breakups with 30 in his three seasons in Boulder

12/06/17 - Colorado junior Isaiah Oliver, considered to be one of the top cornerbacks in the nation this year, announced Friday that he will forego his senior season with the Buffs and make himself eligible for the 2018 NFL Draft. "I've been going back and forth with it over the last few weeks," Oliver said. "A lot went into the decision, but after having talks with my family, my dad and everybody, we felt like it was the best time after the season I had. We weren't necessarily against coming back for another year — I loved playing for Colorado and I wouldn't have minded another year, as well as another year of track — but we felt like where I am physically and mentally as a player, it's time to take the next step. We're really excited about it and looking forward to the next challenge."
Oliver's father, Muhammad Oliver, was a standout cornerback at Oregon and had a five-year NFL career. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Oliver played in 10 games this season after missing two late in the year with a leg injury. He finished with two interceptions, 13 pass breakups, five third-down stops, four touchdown saves and 27 tackles (22 solo). Opposing quarterbacks made it a point to avoid him whenever possible and he was seldom targeted over the last half of the season. For his career, Oliver finished with 71 tackles, three interceptions and 32 pass break-ups. He also returned punts for Colorado, and had a 68-yard return for a touchdown in 2016 against UCLA.


 Analysis

  STRENGTHS
Well-built for the position with the arm length to recover when he finds himself out of position. Patient feet to stay in position and react to receiver movements. Shows bounce in his feet and smooth hips to shadow routes in his transition. Not shy using the sideline as an extra defender. Instinctive ability to judge/attack the catch point (35 passes defended). Ball searches and fights to the ground. Smart angles to the football as a run defender. Standout on all special teams coverages, including averaging 9.5 yards per punt return (19/180/1). Ran track at Colorado and won the 100-meter (10.82), 400-meter (48.15) and long-jump (24-1) at the 2017 Pac-12 Championships. Reliable character and a “phenomenal” person, according to Colorado head coach Mike MacIntyre. Productive collegiate resume. Athletic bloodlines – father (Muhammad) was a NCAA track All-American as a decathlete at Oregon and was drafted in the ninth round of the 1992 NFL Draft as a cornerback; uncle (Damon Mays) played wide receiver at Missouri and was a ninth round pick in the 1991 NFL Draft. – Dane Brugler 2/20/2018

WEAKNESSES
Upright pedal and transition. Movements lack suddenness. Enough speed for the position, but doesn’t close ground on routes once beat. Footwork needs cleaned up in/out of route breaks. Delays at the top of patterns and is late driving on throws/plays in front of him. Late to get his head turned and find the football. Not soft, but not the most eager tackler either. Only three career interceptions, an especially low number compared to his passes defended. Missed two games as a junior due to a right leg injury (Oct. 2017). – Dane Brugler 2/20/2018

IN OUR VIEW
Oliver put his name on the NFL radar when scouts arrived in Boulder to see past secondary prospects like Chidobe Awuzie, Ahkello Witherspoon and Tedric Thompson, yet it was #26 who kept making most of the plays. A well-accomplished decathlete in track, he is a balanced athlete with the competitive chops to challenge receivers up and down the field. Overall, quicker receivers will give him trouble, but Oliver is a classic press-man corner in the NFL with the height, length and athleticism to match up with size outside the numbers.


 Career Notes

  For his career, Oliver finished with 71 tackles, three interceptions and 32 pass break-ups. He also returned punts for Colorado, and had a 68-yard return for a touchdown in 2016 against UCLA.

 2017 Season

  The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Oliver played in 10 games this season after missing two late in the year with a leg injury. He finished with two interceptions, 13 pass breakups, five third-down stops, four touchdown saves and 27 tackles (22 solo). Opposing quarterbacks made it a point to avoid him whenever possible and he was seldom targeted over the last half of the season.

He was selected to the All-Pac-12 midseason first-team by Pac-12 reporter Jon Wilner of the Bay Area News Group … Opened the season with four pass breakups against Colorado State, a game in which he was targeted 15 times but only allowed six completions for 63 yards … Picked off his first pass of the season in week two against Texas State and returned it 41 yards; he also had two pass breakups in the game … Against No. 7 Washington, he was targeted six times in the game but allowed just one completion for 25 yards … Along with teammate Steven Montez, he earned the John Wooten Award for outstanding work ethic during spring ball … Pro Football Focus ranked him No. 8 on its list of top 10 players in the Pac-12 returning in 2017 … Athlon Sports, Phil Steele’s College Football and collegesportsmadness.com all selected him as a preseason second-team All-Pac-12 performer as a cornerback … As a punt returner he was a second-team preseason selection by Phil Steele’s College Football, a third-team pick by collegesportsmadness.com and a fourth-team selection by Athlon Sports.


 2016 Season

  Played in all 13 games (starting two, at Oregon and versus Utah) in addition to starting in the Alamo Bowl, but he was a mainstay in the secondary as he was in for 440 snaps ... The coaches named him the recipient of the team’s Bill McCartney Award, honoring a player for special teams achievement ... Recorded 25 tackles on the year, broke up 13 passes to tie for third on the team, and recorded eight third down stops … Picked an opportune time for his first career interception (only one on the season), which came in the final two minutes in the 10-5 win at Stanford to help seal the victory; he had three tackles and two third down stops in the win against the reigning league champion Cardinal … In taking over punt return duties for the second half of the season, he returned 14 for 164 yards and one touchdown … Had he returned enough punts to meet the NCAA’s statistical minimum, he would have ranked fourth in the Pac-12 and 11th in the FBS for the highest punt return average (11.7).

Collected Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week and CU Athlete of the Week honors after the UCLA victory when he returned five punts for 124 yards, one covering 68 yards for a touchdown that came with 5:27 remaining to seal CU’s 20-10 victory (CU’s first punt return for a score since 2005) ... Return yardage was the most in a game by any Pac-12 player on the year and the fourth-most of any FBS player … Became the first Buff to have over 100 yards in punt returns in a game since Josh Smith (4-108) against Eastern Washington in 2008; it was the most yards since Roman Hollowell had 6-148 against Fresno State in 2001 ... In addition to his big plays returning punts (he also had a 42-yard return against the Bruins), he also broke up two passes and had a third down stop … Posted a season/career-high seven tackles – all solo stops – at No. 4 Michigan … He recorded two tackles, a third down stop and one pass breakup while returning the first punt of his career, which covered 12 yards in a win at Oregon ... He recorded a pair of pass breakups in five different games (Oregon State, Arizona State, UCLA, Washington State and Washington).


 2015 Season

  He played in all 13 games, including nine of defense and three starts, all coming on the road (Arizona State, Washington State, Utah) … In 216 plays from scrimmage, he racked up 19 tackles (16 solo), with six passes broken up, five third down stops, a tackle for zero and a touchdown save … Had a season-high six tackles at Washington State (five solo; with three third down stops and two PBU’s in the same game), and followed that up with four at Utah … Earned 12 special team points on the season, accumulated by seven tackles (six solo), a forced fumble, a knockdown block on a return, a downed punt, a first downfield credit that altered an opponent return, and a caused penalty … He had six of those points in the season finale at Utah, tied for the most in any game by a Buff for the season ... He reported to CU with the option of playing either wide receiver or cornerback, but settled for the defensive side of the ball.

 Track

  He has competed two seasons in the decathlon on CU’s outdoor track team, and is a two-time All-Pac-12 performer in the event … As a sophomore, he finished fourth at the Pac-12 Championships with 7,394 points (just 136 out of the lead), and he won the 100-meter (10.82) and 400-meter (48.15) dashes and the long jump (24-1); placed second in the 110-hurdles (14.36) and the shot put (42-2) and third in the discus (121-7) … In just his second meet as a freshman, he finished seventh at the Pac-12s with 6,952 points (a huge leap from his first effort of 6,415 at the California Invite) … As a sophomore in the California Invitational, he had posted the highest score by a CU decathlete in 43 years in rolling up 7,331 points in finishing third until topping it at the Pac-12 multis.

 High School

  Earned first-team All-State and All-Section honors as a senior, when he also garnered All-Arizona Super Top 25 honors and was ranked as the No. 19 overall prospect in the state of Arizona (Scout.com; No. 24 by the Arizona Republic) … Was a second-team All-State and first-team All-Section as a junior … Also captured one of the uniquely named awards out there his senior year: he was Friday Night Fever’s Defensive Player of the Year ... The owner of a consistent 37-inch vertical leap, he blocked an incredible nine kicks (field goals or extra points) in his prep career … As a senior, he caught 50 passes for 1,352 yards, averaging just a shade over 27 yards per catch, with 12 touchdowns and a long of 79; he had seven games with over 100 yards, and 10 receptions that exceeded 50 yards in length … Rushed four times for 64 yards and two more touchdowns, and had 125 kick return yards; in all, he had 66 touches for 1,541 yards, averaging 23.3 yards for each … On defense, he recorded 64 tackles (54 solo, four for losses), with seven interceptions, eight passes broken up, five blocked kicks and a hurried pass … As a junior, he caught 22 passes for 413 yards (18.8 per) and seven touchdowns, with 256 kick return yards … He had 56 tackles on defense (43 unassisted), with four interceptions, two deflections and two fumble recoveries along with four blocked kicks.

In his two-year varsity career, he had 111 offensive/special team touches for 2,212 yards, which averaged to 19.9 yards every time the ball was in his hands … Top games as a senior: in a 45-0 win over Perry, he caught eight passes for 212 yards and two touchdowns; in a 49-19 win over Dobson, he had five receptions for 161 yards and three touchdowns; and in a 40-35 win over Desert Ridge, he caught five balls for 186 yards and was in on 10 tackles on defense … As a junior, in a 28-14 win over Westview, he had a career-high 14 tackles (13 solo), with two catches for 57 yards a score … Under coach Scooter Molander (the former Colorado State quarterback), Brophy Prep was 10-4 his senior year, claiming the Section IV title and reaching the state semifinals, 5-7 his junior season … He lettered four times in track and field; a decathlete (like his father), he had personal bests of 10.70 in the 100-meter dash, 14.05 in the 110-hurdles, 36.53 in the 300-hurdles, 47.13 in the 400-meter dash and 23-2½ in the long jump … He was All-State in track as a junior and senior; he was state champion in both hurdle events (110 and 300) and was on Brophy Prep’s state champion 4x400 team (he was the anchor) … He finished second in the state meet in the 300-hurdles and sixth in the long jump.


 Personal

  Born Sept. 30, 1996 in Phoenix, Ariz. … Lists his “hobby” as spending time with his family – he has three brothers and three sisters ... Father (Muhammad), played cornerback at the University of Oregon and was a world-class decathlete (an NCAA track All-American); he was selected in the ninth round of the 1992 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos and played five seasons in the league with five teams (Denver, Green Bay, Kansas City, Miami and Washington) … An uncle (Damon Mays) was a wide receiver at Missouri and in the NFL with Houston and Washington ... He is very active in his community, working as a referee for youth flag football games through Vista Montessori and has worked weekends with the St. Vincent de Paul Society serving meals to the underprivileged.

 
 Draft Scout Player News
02/27/18 - 2018 NFL Combine: Athleticism Key for these Prospects: Isaiah Oliver, CB, Colorado...An accomplished decathlete in high school and at Colorado, Oliver won the high school state championship in the hurdles, but he doesn't play with elite speed. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
12/08/17 - 2017 ALL-PAC-12 FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DB Isaiah Oliver, Jr., Colorado,...Oliver led the conference in passes defended (breakups plus interceptions) and tied for seventh in the FBS with 1.50 per game. He played in 10 contests, missing two due to injury, and despite that fact his 13 total pass breakups ranked in a tie for second in the league and tied for 12th nationally. Oliver also intercepted two passes on the season. Last Friday, Oliver declared his intentions to leave school early and enter 2018 NFL Draft. Thus, he finishes his career tied for 10th in Colorado history for the most pass breakups with 30 in his three seasons in Boulder. - Colorado Football
12/06/17 - Colorado junior Isaiah Oliver, considered to be one of the top cornerbacks in the nation this year, announced Friday that he will forego his senior season with the Buffs and make himself eligible for the 2018 NFL Draft. "I've been going back and forth with it over the last few weeks," Oliver said. "A lot went into the decision, but after having talks with my family, my dad and everybody, we felt like it was the best time after the season I had. We weren't necessarily against coming back for another year — I loved playing for Colorado and I wouldn't have minded another year, as well as another year of track — but we felt like where I am physically and mentally as a player, it's time to take the next step. We're really excited about it and looking forward to the next challenge."

Oliver's father, Muhammad Oliver, was a standout cornerback at Oregon and had a five-year NFL career. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Oliver played in 10 games this season after missing two late in the year with a leg injury. He finished with two interceptions, 13 pass breakups, five third-down stops, four touchdown saves and 27 tackles (22 solo). Opposing quarterbacks made it a point to avoid him whenever possible and he was seldom targeted over the last half of the season. For his career, Oliver finished with 71 tackles, three interceptions and 32 pass break-ups. He also returned punts for Colorado, and had a 68-yard return for a touchdown in 2016 against UCLA. - Colorado Football

08/18/17 - CB Isaiah Oliver registered 34 tackles as a freshman, 22 of them solo. Colorado will rely on Oliver with the rest of the cornerbacks still battling it out for playing time. The Arizona native will also return punts. Last year, he scurried his way to 158 return yards, with 124 of them and a touchdown coming in a 20-10 win over UCLA.
11/09/16 - NOV 7 PAC-12 SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Isaiah Oliver, PR/DB, Colorado...In Colorado's 20-10 win over UCLA, Oliver returned five punts for 124 yards, including a 68-yard runback for a touchdown that clinched the victory with under six minutes to go (he also had a 42-yard return earlier in the game)...It was CU’s first punt return for a score since Stephane Robinson returned one 81 yards against Kansas on Oct. 22, 2005...He is the first Buff to have over 100 yards in punt returns in a game since Josh Smith (4-108) against Eastern Washington on Sept. 6, 2008 and it was the most yards since Roman Hollowell had 6-148 against Fresno State on Aug. 26, 2001...It was the most punt return yards in a game this year by a Pac-12 player and the fourth-most in the NCAA through games of Nov. 4. ALSO NOMINATED, Special Teams: Conrad Ukropina, STAN. - Pac-12 Football

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