There always seems to be debate on player comparisons. Some people love them and some hate them. Personally, I love them, and when you can do comps outside of football, they become even more fun. Comparing Nick Bosa to his brother is OK I guess, but compare him to a Cheesy Gordita Crunch, and my interest is peaked.
In this series of articles, I will break down some of 2019’s best prospects, and compare them, not with other football players, but with the art of song. Songs give you a feeling, whether it be hate, love, happiness, sadness, anger, energy, I mean damn, something! If a song does nothing, you call it Easton Stick and move on (Just kidding). Over the next couple months, I will give you a prospect and a song that marry up better than Hunter Renfrow and Julian Edelman. I want this to be something you guys contribute to, so if you have a prospect you want me to marry up with a song, hit me up on Twitter.com @Atrainliner and let me know. With that, enjoy this crazy ride we’re about to go on.
The first prospect I want to cover is Houston defensive tackle, Ed Oliver. Oliver is an interesting dude with an attitude I like out of a D-lineman. He’s aggressive, with a chip on his shoulder despite his accolades. When I think of that energy, I think of this song: “Hate Me Now” by Nas.
The venom of this beat along with the message is just too perfect here. The hate on Oliver has gone way too far. This is a player that a few months ago was a for-sure top 3 guy. Then came Jacketgate, a way overblown scene in which a coach was being a bit major.
Expanding more to the big screen
Bill Gates dreams
but it seems you’d rather see me in jail
People were shipping Oliver to prospect jail while he helped elevate the school to the big screen in search of his NFL dreams. Houston became a must-see game simply so we could all see what Oliver was bringing to the table. The conversations of him being there for a playoff team was the same as the rapper who put out Chicken-n-Beer: Ludacris.
You can hate me now
But I won’t stop now
Cause I can’t stop now
Ed does not stop. Double team him. Triple team him. Play him out of position. It does not matter. He’s an absolute wrecking ball and the Aaron Donald comps are not without merit. He’s an explosive athlete with crazy burst, speed, and quickness, and did a lot of that while playing lined up heads up with the offensive lineman he was about to torture. He wasn’t even lining up in the gaps to allow for better get-off. Once on the NFL level, he’ll be even harder to stop.
Hate on me
I blew but I’m the same ol G
People warn me
when you’re on top there’s envy
Some people are forgetting who Oliver is, and trying to make him a linebacker because his change of direction skills are so unreal for an interior defensive lineman. Just because he can do it all, doesn’t mean he should. He’s the same stud D-lineman he has been the whole time. Despite the lack of size, his punch is on the level of Mike Tyson on Glass Joe and it shows on tape.
Guess its just a theory of man
Became a monster, atop of the world
I’m as real as they come
From day one, forever ballin
They can hate him now, but 31 teams will hate him soon enough, when they see him dominating on Sundays.
The mindstate of Nas in this song was one of pure passion. He was letting people know that it really didn’t matter what you put against him, and how you viewed him, he would get around or run through anything at that time in his life. I believe that to be Ed Oliver in 2019. Sometimes when something is abnormal or against the grain people will find reasons to knock it. Oliver is an undersized D-lineman, but so is the best DT in the league. So next time you throw on some Oliver game film or highlights, throw on Hate Me Now and tell me you don’t feel who Oliver is as a player.