A two-way player in high school, Oliver was also a state champion decathlete and chose Colorado's scholarship offer because it came with the choice to play wide receiver or cornerback without giving up track. He was not a fulltime starter for the Buffs until his junior season in 2017. While the Buffs didn't have a good year, Oliver did, even though he missed two games with injury. He broke up 13 passes and intercepted two others, leading the Pac-12 in passes defensed and tying for seventh in FBS.
Most of his stats were accrued in the first half of the season, as opponents didn't make a practice of targeting him from late October until the season's remainder. In addition, Oliver averaged 9.5 yards on 19 punt returns and played on almost every special teams unit. He also participated in track and field at Colorado, winning Pac-12 titles in 2017 in the 100, 400 and long jump.
Oliver is one of the stronger corners in the draft, using his skills to track the ball and make plays, naturally adjusting to the ball in the air. He has good bloodlines, as his father (Muhammad) and uncle (Damon Mays) were drafted by NFL teams in the ninth round in 1992 and 1991, respectively.
While he has enough straight-line speed, there are questions about his ability to cope with quicker receivers and willingness to tackle in run support. His size will play well against big receivers outside the numbers.
--Field Level Media
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