Former Colorado cornerback Isaiah Oliver is headed to Atlanta, after the Falcons selected him with the No. 58 in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft on Friday.
The 6-foot, 201-pound Oliver was named First Team All-Pac-12 by both the Associated Press and the conference’s coaches, and second-team All-American by SB Nation and collegesportsmadness.com, per the university’s official athletics website. 2017 was his first full season as a starter, making the achievements all the more impressive.
Oliver measured out as one of the longest defensive backs in the 2018 draft class. Oliver’s arm length was measure out at 33 1/2 inches, tying with Penn State DB Christian Campbell as the longest DB prospects in the draft. His hand size and height didn’t top the group, but the arm length, at 6 feet, 3/4 inches tall, is enticing. It’s especially important for defensive backs, as an extra inch could be the difference between a long touchdown pass and a pass break-up.
Oliver’s father, Muhammad, was an NCAA finalist in the decathlon in 1992 and also played football at Oregon, riding that combination to the NFL and a five-year professional stint. Muhammad Oliver appeared in 21 games with five teams – Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins and Washington Redskins – from 1992-1995.
Oliver is the type of player who could have an immediate impact in 2018.