Oliver: “I just want to come in and compete”

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HOUSTON, TX – OCTOBER 04: Ed Oliver #10 of the Houston Cougars celebrates after a tackle in the first half against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane at TDECU Stadium on October 4, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)

Ed Oliver has been referred to as a lot of things over the last few months.

The 9th overall selection in the 2019 NFL Draft has been compared to Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald for his style of play and been called a “horse whisperer.”

The Texas native went viral for a photo he posted of himself standing on a horse during a photo shoot in March.

“Anybody can take a picture on a horse,” Oliver joked when meeting with the media for the first time after arriving in Buffalo on Friday.  “You stand up on a horse, you must know what you’re doing you know. Horse whisperer.”

Maybe fortune teller can be added to his resume, too.

“I knew that if I was on the boad and I got to the Bills, I was pretty much certain they were going to take me,” he said.

And, they did.

Now officially a member of the franchise, Oliver is ready to get work and wreak havoc on the Bills defensive line. He’s heard the critcism of being a 5-star recurit playing at Houston in the American Athletic Conference and the concern for his size at the position.

“I’ve been waiting since my freshman year, after my freshman year of college to just see,” said Oliver.  “Everybody says I went to Houston and it’s not good talent. I just want to see was it true? Was the guys I was playing against not good? I want to see.

“There’s no hiding in the NFL. Everbody in the same league. I just want to know what they’re going to say after.”

The 21-year-old knows he has a long way to go to meet the expectations of being the 9th overall selection.  While general manager Brandon Beane admitted there weren’t any glaring holes on the team’s roster heading into the draft, he acknowledged that after not finding a suitable replacement for Kyle Williams in free agency, Oliver was a perfect fit to step into the role after the 13-year veteran retired.

“Kyle Williams is a great player. Kyle Williams will wear a Gold Jacket one day. He’s in a league of his own,” Oliver said when asked about being Williams’ replacement.  “In no way possible am I Kyle Williams.  I just want to come in and compete.”

The three time All-American hopes to be able to lean on the Williams early in his career and the two have already gotten started, with the former Pro-Bowler reaching out to the rookie after the First Round on Thursday.

“Kyle Williams hit me up last night and basically let me know everything is going to be all right and if you need anything to hit him it. I told him I wanted to holler at him, pick his brain a little bit see what kept him around so long and see if he has anything he can teach me.”

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