Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Blake Oliaro, DE, San Diego
Blake Oliaro was one of the most dominant football players in the FCS during his 2011 season when he registered 15 sacks and had an awesome blocked kick. Oliaro has been a very consistent pass rusher that wreaks havoc on opposing teams. His size allows him to get past offensive lineman with ease, and his moves are top tier. I love this kid’s game, he could be a steal for a team later in the draft.
How many teams were recruiting you out of high school?
The only serious division 1 interest I received was from USD and the Ivy League.
Where did you choose and why?
USD seemed like a good mix of academics and athletics.
What were your goals for your senior year?
My goal was to have USD make the playoffs.
Have any scouts met with you, and if so what are they saying?
I’ve been told I’m too smart to be playing football.
At your position, what separates you from the others?
Height, intelligence, hips.
Tell us what you look for when breaking down film?
Size, speed, physicality.
Who was the toughest player you have ever faced?
The Harvard O-line.
If you could compare your play to one person in the NFL who would it be?
Jared Allen because he is a small school athlete who succeeded on the biggest of stages.
What system fits your style of play the best?
Whatever system I’m told to play in.
What is your biggest strength?
What is your biggest weakness?
I’ve got plenty.
If I were a GM and gave you a second to sell yourself, what would you say?
I was 1st team Academic All-America.
Growing up, who was your role model?
My Mom and Dad.
Who was your favorite team and player in the NFL and why?
Grew up a huge fan of the Denver Broncos and John Elway.
What was the most tragic event that ever happened in your life and how did you overcome it?
Freshman year of college my heart stopped. I wasn’t sure if I’d ever be able to play football again, but thankfully I was given another chance.
If you were to have dinner with three people dead or alive who would it be?
Stephen Hawking, Jesus, JRR Tolkein.
With your first paycheck what would you buy?
Absolutely nothing. I am putting that bad boy in the bank.