Isaiah Oliver
Isaiah Oliver in 2018 Falcons' minicamp.
No. 26 – Atlanta Falcons
Position:Cornerback
Personal information
Born: (1996-09-30) September 30, 1996 (age 24)
Phoenix, Arizona
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school:Brophy College Preparatory
(Phoenix, Arizona)
College:Colorado
NFL Draft:2018 / Round: 2 / Pick: 58
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2020
Total tackles:155
Sacks:1.0
Pass deflections:24
Interceptions:1
Forced fumbles:2
Player stats at NFL.com

Isaiah Oliver (born September 30, 1996) is an American football cornerback for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Colorado, and was drafted by the Falcons in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft.

Early years

Oliver attended Brophy College Preparatory in Phoenix. He played both wide receiver and cornerback on the high school football team. Coming out of high school, he was a three-star recruit according to ESPN.com.[1] He committed to the Colorado to play college football despite having offers from Arizona and New Mexico.[2][3] Oliver also ran track in high school, posting a personal best time of 10.56 seconds in the 100 meter dash.[4]

College career

Oliver played at Colorado from 2015 to 2017. During his collegiate career, he had 82 total tackles and three interceptions. After his junior season in 2017, Oliver decided to forgo his senior year and enter the 2018 NFL Draft.[5] Oliver was also a member of Colorado's track and field team.[6]

Professional career

External video
video icon Isaiah Oliver’s NFL Combine Workout
video icon NFL Prospect Profile: Isaiah Oliver
Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split
6 ft 0+14 in
(1.84 m)
201 lb
(91 kg)
33+12 in
(0.85 m)
9+34 in
(0.25 m)
4.50 s 1.60 s 2.65 s
All values from NFL Combine[7]

The Atlanta Falcons selected Oliver in the second round (58th overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft. Oliver was the eighth cornerback drafted in 2018.[8]

External video
video icon Falcons draft Isaiah Oliver 58th overall
video icon Instant Draft Grade: Isaiah Oliver

On May 9, 2018, the Atlanta Falcons signed Oliver to a four-year, $4.63 million contract that includes $2.14 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $1.45 million.[9]

Oliver recorded his first career interception during Week 16 against the Carolina Panthers.

In week 2 of the 2019 season against the Philadelphia Eagles, Oliver recorded 6 tackles in the 24-20 win. On fourth and 8 with one minute left in the game, Oliver tackled tight end Zach Ertz just short of the first down marker, sealing a Falcons win.[10]

In Week 8 of the 2020 season against the Carolina Panthers on Thursday Night Football, Oliver recorded his first career sack on Teddy Bridgewater during the 25–17 Falcons' victory.[11]

Personal life

Oliver's father, Muhammad, played in the NFL.[12] His uncle, Damon Mays, also played in the NFL.

References

  1. ^ "Isaiah Oliver profile". ESPN.com.
  2. ^ "Brophy Prep's Isaiah Oliver commits to Colorado".
  3. ^ Brophy Prep DB Isaiah Oliver happy to find a Pac-12 home
  4. ^ Brophy Prep's Isaiah Oliver going for Arizona high school decathlon record this weekend
  5. ^ CU Buffaloes cornerback Isaiah Oliver to forego senior season for NFL draft
  6. ^ Cornerback Isaiah Oliver’s rare athleticism leads Colorado football secondary
  7. ^ "NFL Draft Profile: Isaiah Oliver". www.nfl.com.
  8. ^ "Falcons Select Isaiah Oliver in Second Round". AtlantaFalcons.com. April 27, 2018. Archived from the original on May 1, 2018. Retrieved May 13, 2018.
  9. ^ "Spotrac.com: Isaiah Oliver contract". Spotrac.com. Retrieved November 19, 2018.
  10. ^ "Jones scores late TD, leads Falcons past Eagles 24-20". www.espn.com. September 15, 2019. Retrieved September 15, 2019.
  11. ^ "Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers - October 29th, 2020". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved October 30, 2020.
  12. ^ Colorado cornerback/decathlete Isaiah Oliver has NFL and Olympics on radar