"The point is, Louis's talent didn't slip," says Burrough. "If the Miami Dolphins think he's going to be paid 25th, we have options." One option, notes Oliver, is to sit out the season and wait to be redrafted next year. Another is to ask to be traded to San Francisco.
Assuming he plays, Oliver already has his goals set for this season. First, he wants to buy his folks a new home in Fort Pierce so Ernest Sr. will not have such a long commute. Then comes a personal priority. "Nobody wanted me out of high school," he says, "and I had to prove myself. Now I'm on a mission again, to make all the teams that didn't take me regret they didn't pick Louis Oliver. My goal is to become the best free safety in the NFL."
Though Oliver wore No. 18 at Florida, the Dolphins have given him permission to wear No. 25 for them. "Twenty-five, that's where I was picked," he says. "I always want to remember that."