In our "Football Player Radar" Series we highlight promising football players that are flying below the radar.
Warren has had an outstanding football career playing WR for Rowan University and currently plays professional football with the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks.
|Team:||Lehigh Valley Steelhawks|
|Hometown:||Edgewater Park, NJ|
|225 lb Reps:||15x|
Warren has delivered stellar numbers across all measurables. Warren had a Vertical of 36” which had him tied for 7th; 40 Time of 4.52 that placed him tied for 13th; Shuttle time of 4.15 had him ranked tied for 9th; Broad Jump of 10’4” had him tied for 12th and a 225 lbs. Bench of 15x reps had him tied for 11th compared to all WRs at the 2016 NFL Combine.
Q&A WITH WARREN OLIVER
Q: What is the fondest memory of your college career and/or semi-pro?
My fondest moment of college would be being named captain. I didn't campaign for it and didn't even for my myself teammates voted for me because of my hard work and dedication to being better than whoever lined up against me. My fondest moment in semi-pro would be walking into the Arena and seeing the lights and fans on the opening night then signing autographs after the game.
Q: Who was the toughest competitor you faced in college and/or semi-pro?
Frank Ruopoli, he was on my team in college, and the way he studied his opponents even teammates made him tough to beat. I wouldn't go against anyway else in practice but him. But, we made each better and got the best of each other.
Q: What was your best game in college or semi-pro football?
In College, I broke the school record for yard in a game with 215 yard with 8 receptions and 3 touchdowns. I remember the ball boy from the other team say "I wish I picked you up on fantasy" at that point I knew I had a good game.
Q: What was your favorite NFL team growing up?
I am a die hard New York Giants Fan. People call me weird because I'm from South Jersey and the Eagles are more local, but I was a big Tiki Barber fan when I played running back in pop warner.
Q: Who was your favorite player?
I like a mix of old school and new school. I like Gale Sayers, Anquan Boldin, Larry Fitzgerald, Lynn Swain many others too. I like players who play their role and do it each game such as Brandon Lloyd, Steve Smith, Michael Crabtree, Emmaunel Sanders and many others.
Q: Which current NFL player most resembles you?
I've been told I remind them of Donald Driver and Anquan Boldin. I have a mix of size and speed. But, I like Anquan Boldin and try to be just as reliable as he is on the field and off the team.
Q: What would your former teammates say about you?
My teammates would say I am relentless and tough. I will block if I have to block and make a play when we need it. They would say that I am a big body, but I move very well for my size and I have a lot of dedication to the game.
Q: What are you presently doing as far as training?
I work out at ATS, Appenzeller Training Systems, in West Berlin. We do all training such as box jump and squat for power and explosion. I have coach back home named Ricky, who helps with my routes as well as sprint work like starts, dry phase and flat out acceleration.
Q: What is your favorite combine drill (40, Shuttle, 3-Cone, Bench, Broad, Vert)?
My favorite drill is the field drills. I like to run routes and catch the football. That's what football is all about to me. Everyone gets wrapped up in 40s when a lot of impact players may have ran a poor 40, but can ball when their number is called.
Q: Why do you believe you have been flying below the radar as a football player?
I am flying under the radar because I went to a small school and didn't get the most opportunities. I went to CFL workouts and purposely wore a shirt and shorts from Penn State. At a workout, all of the defensive backs thought I was from Penn State and was shocked when I said I told them I played D3. One kid from Syracuse said "I couldn't tell the difference. You can ball."
Q: What do you want to do besides football?
I would love to work around College Football. The passion for the game, students section and atmosphere is contagious to watch. I would even love to be a position coach or work for NFL Films.
Q: What do you like to do for fun?
I love bowling. I challenge people all the time. I like playing basketball with the youth at my job as well. I want to get into fishing and live near the ocean. But, most importantly I love to spend time with my family.
Q: If you could have dinner with any three people, dead or alive, who would they be and why?
Muhammad Ali, Eric Thomas and Jerry Rice. Ali is my favorite athlete he just believed in myself more than anyone else I've ever seen. His character and energy would be refreshing. ET is motivational to all athletes and others. I feel like he would eat with me then make me want to burn it all off afterward. Jerry Rice is the definition of wide receiver. His work ethic and skill was too real for defenses. I would be a sponge if we were in the room and try to get any edge up on the game he gave me.
Follow Warren on Twitter: @_crazy_eight