The NFL draft combine starts tomorrow and Pitt’s lone invitee is running back Qadree Ollison.
Ollison came to Pitt as an unheralded three-star recruit from upstate New York, but he did great things both as a redshirt freshman and again as a redshirt senior. He finished his career 7th on the Pitt all time rushing list, just one yard behind Dion Lewis.
He also did this
Draft “experts” put Ollison somewhere between the fourth and sixth round, and some scouts are suggesting he’s undervalued.
Note the Dinocat…
What a lot of fans don’t see (but a lot of scouts likely do) is that Ollison can do a lot more than pound the rock. Sure he’s got surprising speed for a big guy, and he’s certainly learned to run with power, but according to Pitt RB coach Andre Powell , Ollison can pass protect with the best of them, as well as do just about anything a coach could ask for on special teams.
Judging by this very good CBSsports article (which is where I got all the information above), Ollison also seems like he’s an all-around great guy.
The combine technically started Wednesday for Ollison, when he was weighed and measured with the rest of the running backs. Turns out he’s the heaviest running back in the draft, edging Michigan State’s LJ Scott by 1 lb.
Now the question is whether the 228 lb Ollison can run a 4.5 forty, because that will surely generate some buzz in scouting circles.
Regardless of what Ollison runs, here’s to hoping he shatters the NFL’s expectations and continues to carry on Pitt’s tradition as Running Back U.
Hail to Pitt