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Quinn on Houston DT Ed Oliver

Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver chases down a ball carrier during his team's game against Arizona.
Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver chases down a ball carrier during his team's game against Arizona.

Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver is a popular pick of the Falcons in several mock drafts.

Here’s what Falcons coach Dan Quinn had to say about Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver at the NFL scouting combine Wednesday.

On Houston DT Ed Oliver and whether he fits the mold of a Falcons defensive player: "All guys who can get to the quarterback fit the Falcons mold. If you're 250 pounds or 350 pounds. His quickness and first step, in my early part of the evaluation, has set him apart.

“Overall, what a good-looking group of guys for us to get to evaluating. I’ve been through a number of the offensive linemen and a number of the defensive linemen and some tight ends. Some corners.

“So far, I’ve been impressed with this group of guys.

“Ed is one of those that has certainly jumped out by his first-step quickness. Beating somebody to the punch as a pass rusher is almost half of the battle because they apply the mental pressure to get on somebody quickly. In our early evaluations he certainly appears to have some of those traits.”