One of the most talented wide receivers in college football is off the board. Ohio State standout Chris Olave has been selected 11 overall by the New Orleans Saints in the 2022 NFL Draft on Thursday after a fantastic year for the Buckeyes.
The Saints made a big trade up with the Washington Commanders to get Chris Olave 11th overall.
The Saints are trading the 16th pick, a third-rounder and a fourth-rounder to Washington for the 11th pick.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) April 29, 2022
Olave played 11 games in 2021, racking up 65 receptions and 936 yards for 13 touchdowns in his senior season, proving to be a crucial piece of the Ohio State offense. He was one of the most highly-sought after wideouts in this draft class alongside OSU teammate Garrett Wilson and USC star Drake London.
The Southern California native made a loud statement prior to the NFL Draft at the combine in Indianapolis, running a blistering 4.39 40-yard dash. While Olave is slightly undersized at six feet and just 187 pounds, he makes big-time plays and has shown the ability to be a reliable target downfield. He could be overmatched at times by stronger defensive players, but with his speed, Olave should be able to thrive in vertical routes and let his legs do the work.
Given his slender build, there is a ton of room for growth. Olave could easily add 10-15 pounds of muscle and be an imposing figure out wide. He was actually going to enter the 2021 NFL Draft but ultimately decided to head back to Ohio State for one more year. Needless to say, it paid off.