During last week’s NFL Draft the Jaguars used a third-round selection on San Jose State tight end Josh Oliver. Oliver, who hauled in 91 receptions for over 1,000 yards and five touchdowns in the past two seasons at San Jose State, joined “XL Primetime” to talk about coming to Jacksonville.
“I couldn’t be more excited for the fit,” Oliver told 1010XL. “Coach (John) DeFilippo and his style of offense are perfect for my game and tailored to my game.
Oliver was asked if he knew Jacksonville was interested in him during the pre-draft process.
“I had an idea that they were interested in me and I was fortunate enough to go on a visit down to Jacksonville,” Oliver said. “I was able to go and check out the facilities and stuff, but going into the draft I had no clue.”
What type of player are the Jaguars getting in Oliver?
“First and foremost I’m a competitor and a guy that will work hard,” Oliver said. “If you pull up my tape, I’m always going hard. I’m going to work hard and that is the biggest thing I’m going to bring to the table.”
Interestingly enough, Oliver did not play tight end in high school, but he learned how the position quickly.
“Coming out of high school I was playing more on the defensive side at defensive end,” Oliver said. “As soon as I got to San Jose State, a tight end transferred, so they told me they were moving me to tight end. I got put in at tight end and over the year, I got a more realistic view of my dreams coming true and going to the NFL.”
Finally, Oliver was asked what current, or former NFL tight end, does he try to mold his game after.
“I always looked up to Tony Gonzalez, who was like the best tight end to ever play the game,” Oliver said. “My freshman coach would always play tape of Tony Gonzalez. It’s a lofty comparison, but I try as hard as I can to play like Tony Gonzalez.”
Oliver and the rest of the Jaguar rookie class will be in Jacksonville on May 9, for a rookie mini-camp.
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