Reports say that quite a few teams are going to take a look at former Georgia cornerback Paul Oliver in the upcoming 2007 NFL supplemental draft that will take place on July 12th. Oliver worked out this past week for 27 teams, and the early word is that he did well enough to make himself worth about third-round consideration.
Oliver ran in the 4.5 second range. He dropped some weight from about 208 down to 195 to get quicker. Scouts say that he has decent ball skills, and should with his size be able to adapt more to a team that runs a lot of cover 2 defenses.
He left school at Georgia due to the fact that because of grades he was not going to be able to play this upcoming season. He was projected to be one of the top corners that would have been taken in the 2008 draft. One team that had interest in Oliver was the New England Patriots. Earlier in the week an article was written stating that the Pats are going to take an extended look at Oilver.
New England may need help at the corner position this year with the ongoing situation with Assante Samuel, who didn’t show up for mini-camp and is stating he may go so far as to sit out the season due to a nasty contract dispute with the team. Oilver would be a solid pickup with the Pats if need be.