Buffalo Bills 2019 First-Round Pick Arrested on DWI & Weapon Charges

GETTY Ed Oliver of Houston poses with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after being chosen #9 overall by the Buffalo Bills during the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft on April 25, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Ed Oliver, defensive lineman of the Buffalo Bills, was pulled over and brought to Montgomery County Prison late Saturday evening, after a citizen reported the former Houston Cougar driving erratically while in his hometown of Houston, Texas, police say.

According to the Montgomery County Police Reporter’s website, police said Oliver was driving a truck with a trailer hitched to the back and failed to maintain his driving lane while driving through a 45 mile per hour construction zone.

After police were called to the scene, Oliver failed to pass a sobriety test and was charged with one count of driving while intoxicated and one count of unlawfully carrying a weapon, according to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

Oliver was selected as the ninth overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft, joining Buffalo after three seasons with the Cougars that saw the defensive lineman become one of the NFL’s most-coveted defensive prospects.


Video Shows Oliver Taking a Sobriety Test After He Was Pulled Over

Scott Engle of the Montgomery County Police Reporter broke the story and also posted a video of Oliver taking his sobriety test after being pulled over.

051620 BUFFALO BILLS DEFENSIVE TACKLE BUSTED IN TEXAS FOR DWIJust before 9 pm a motorist called 911 and reported a white Ford Superduty pickup pulling a trailer with a "dune buggy" on it. The driver reported they were westbound in the construction area of State Highway 242, between I-69 and FM 1485. They stated the driver of the truck was failing to maintain a…2020-05-17T08:37:13Z

Engle’s post details the full process in which Oliver was arrested, mainly highlighting that a motorist called 911 to report his driving and that the initially responding officer then called in a DWI Certified Officer.

As seen in the video above, the officers on the scene tested Oliver with a field sobriety test, but only after Oliver had already been seen with an open beer between his legs. Engle wrote:

The driver of the vehicle did have an open beer between his legs and appeared nervous. A Montgomery County Precinct 4 DWI Certified Deputy responded to the scene and performed a field sobriety test. He determined that the driver was impaired but by possibly something besides alcohol.

According to the report, Oliver was then transported to Kingwood Hospital for a mandatory blood draw before being transported to Montgomery County Jail where he was charged with one count of driving while intoxicated and one count of unlawfully carrying a weapon. According to Engle:

The driver who is identified as Ed Oliver Jr., a Defensive Tackle for the Buffalo Bills and former player for the University of Houston. He was transported to Kingwood Hospital for a mandatory blood draw and then transported to the Montgomery County Jail where charges of driving while intoxicated were filed in addition charges of unlawfully carrying a weapon were filed. A search of his vehicle discovered a pistol but no drugs.


Oliver Was a Star Player in High School & College in His Hometown Before Joining Buffalo

Coming out of Westfield High School in Houston, Oliver was a highly-touted prospect who eventually became the first ESPN five-star-rated prospect to attend a school outside of the Power Five, electing to stay in his hometown and play for the Cougars in the American Athletic Conference (AAC).

Oliver followed up on his high school reputation by excelling at the University of Houston, becoming the AAC’s defensive player of the year as a sophomore in 2017. The Bill totaled 53 tackles for loss, 13.5 sacks and five forced fumbles in 32 games with the Cougars.

After making the decision to leave after three seasons with Houston, Oliver was selected by the Bills as the second defensive tackle taken behind Alabama’s Quinnen Williams, and the ninth overall selection.

Oliver played in 16 of 17 total games for the Bills, starting the first seven games of Buffalo’s 2019 season. However, after losing the starting position, Oliver notched four of his season’s five sacks as well as earning four of his season’s five tackles for loss.

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Evan Reier is a sportswriter covering the NFL for Heavy.com and local sports for the Montana Standard in Butte, MT. Follow and reach out to him on Twitter at @evanreier.