Vision - Doesn't make a ton of mistakes but lacks creativity and ideal instinct. Able to set up pullers/lead blockers by pressing the line of scrimmage to create leverage points and force the issue. Patience behind pullers a mixed bag -- will get too aggressive attacking downhill at times and run himself into contact that could have been avoided. Backside vision a disappointment: often has tunnel vision limited to primary gaps.
Burst - Not an explosive player. Heavy-footed with an upright frame; does not run with shoulders over his toes or any sort of tension in the hips. Regularly tracked down by backside pursuit when cutting upfield on zone flow; can be late hitting the hole because of significant delay in pick up when he sees the crease.
Change of Direction - Lacking. A plodder who struggles to drop his weight to kill his momentum and explode out of his cuts. Must step with great deliberation as he's working his path to the line of scrimmage -- has the ability to run some "slalom" style paths with good cadence, but agility and springiness are still lacking here. Not an elusive player who fails to make defenders miss in the open field.
Power - Has good size and disposition to deliver a shot. Most tackle-breaking efforts come as a result of power. Effective when dropping his pads, though taller frame and upright style make it difficult for him to generate good leverage when exchanging power for power in the open field. Willing to drag arm tacklers in the second and third level with good leg drive and will punish passive safeties in run support.
2nd Level Speed - Has some nice open-field speed when he gets his weight rumblin'. Long-strider. Effective on crack toss and power toss because of the long runway afforded him to get up to top speed and challenge secondary players in primary run support. Not going to outrun most secondary players but will challenge angles into the boundary.
Contact Balance - Decent here. Thick frame is tough to bring down and ability to generate a wide base with deliberate footwork helps in this regard. Top-heavy frame leaves him susceptible to body shots that can knock him over, however -- inability to get his pads lower than the defender saps at his contact balance.
Decision-making - Stick to the script style runner. Works best off of pullers and lead blockers on gap-style runs; limited scope in zone-style runs makes him only effective in getting what is blocked for him, and nothing more. Understands the limits of his physical ability behind the line of scrimmage and is dedicated to a linear path as a result.
Pass Catching - Ran a healthy amount of routes out of the backfield at Pitt but was not targeted as much as you'd like to see. Had some issues double-catching at times and lacks the spryness to separate through his route breaks against true man-on-man coverage.
Pass Protection - Very active and willing, which is fun to see, though technique could use some work. Uses size and power well to deliver a shot and generate displacement. Doesn't often square up and look to engage but rather throws whole body into a cut block or half-man blow. Unwillingness to activate feet and maintain engagement will lead to late pressures.
BEST TRAIT - Power
WORST TRAIT - Change of Direction
RED FLAGS - None
PLAYER COMPARISON - Matt Jones
Qadree Ollison has enjoyed a rather odd career arc. As a redshirt freshman in 2015, Ollison stepped in for the injured James Conner and rushed for over 1,000 yards -- he wouldn't hit the number again until 2018, his redshirt senior season. A powerful back with good decisiveness, Ollison is a handful for third-level defenders, given his combination of size and long speed.
But Ollison's poor explosiveness and change of direction limit his pro usage, as he has little to no role in the passing game, on zone style concepts, and can't create for himself when things aren't opened up by his blocking. Ollison is at his best behind pullers and a fullback, so teams with heavy power-style concepts may check on his ability as a depth piece, but he may be athletically unable to stick in the NFL.
ROUND GRADE - 7 - PFA