The Giants and Jets are both targeting to improve their defensive front in the NFL Draft next month and one prospect may have just flew onto their radars.
Ed Oliver, a 6-foot-2, 281-pound defensive lineman from the University of Houston, wowed scouts and coaches from all 32 NFL teams at his pro day on Thursday by running his 40-yard dash between 4.71 and 4.73 and a 20-yard short shuttle time of 4.19 seconds -- which clocks in faster than Saquon Barkley's 4.24 short shuttle last year.
The Jets could eye Oliver as alternative to Nick Bosa or Josh Allen with the No. 3 pick of the draft, or as an option if they happen to trade down.
The short shuttle is often skipped by some prospects, but it measures short-area quickness and change-of-direction skills as well as lateral quickness.
While his time was faster than Barkley, who did it at 231 pounds, there were 48 players who still managed faster times in the short shuttle at the NFL combine in February.
Yet only three of those players -- Ohio State's Bosa, Michigan's Chase Winovich and Eastern Michigan's Maxx Crosby -- qualified as defensive lineman.
Bosa was the heaviest of the trio at 266 pounds, recording a time 4.14 seconds.
Oliver was considered to be a top pick before the 2019 season but injuries resulted in his draft stock to plummet.
His stock could be on the rise again, but finding a position for him in the NFL also is a question surrounding Oliver.
He primarily played nose tackle at Houston but because of his size and athleticism it is not inconceivable to move him as a defensive end or even a standup linebacker off the edge.
"I've played both three and five technique," he said at the combine. "Three technique is most conducive to me. If you want me to rush out of nose, I can do it. If you want me to rush out of five, I'll do it. Anywhere on the line, I can pretty much help your rush."
Oliver added that he could see himself as an Aaron Donald-type player.
"Donald's style of play and to see what he's done at his size is simply amazing," Oliver said. "I feel like I can come in and do the same thing, if not better."