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2022 NFL Draft Profile: Chris Olave

Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State Buckeyes, 2022 NFL Draft

Olave's combination of route-running ability, hands and instincts would be a welcome addition to any NFL passing attack

Ohio State has been churning out quality wide receivers lately, and Chris Olave more than fits the bill in the 2022 NFL Draft. His size and lack of physicality could require more of an adjustment to the next level, but Olave's route-running, hands, and feel for getting open should help carve out a significant role as a complementary target in any offense.

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Chris Olave Draft Profile

College: Ohio State
Class: Sr.
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 195

Strong Points

Ohio State has been churning out route-running savants, and Olave very much fits that mold. He’s a loose, smooth mover; there are no wasted movements, and he gets in and out of breaks in an instant. He knows how to stem his routes to keep defensive backs guessing and understands how to leverage DBs. His hands are excellent, with body control and coordination that allow him to adjust to the off-target throw resulting in a larger catch radius than you’d expect for his size. He accelerates and tracks the ball naturally downfield. He showed a natural feel for improvising when his quarterback made second-reaction plays, showing excellent chemistry in that area with Justin Fields and C.J. Stroud. He was especially effective as a red zone target, thanks in large part to his ability to improvise and work the back line.

Weak Points

Olave’s size is going to be an issue against physical defensive backs. He has long arms but also has a slight build. The question is how well he’ll hold up working intermediate levels and the middle of the field, and whether he can avoid being rerouted by physical defensive backs. He’s not a major threat in run-after-catch situations. He might ultimately settle in as more of a complementary piece at the next level.

Summary

Olave’s feel as a route-runner and reliability at the catch point suggest he could be a high-volume receiver in an offense that utilizes his ability downfield and speed to run away from defenses on crossing routes.

Final Grade: 1st Round

YearGRECYDSYPCTDR-ATTR-YDSTD

2018

14

12

197

16.4

3

0

0

0

2019

14

49

849

17.3

12

2

5

0

2020

7

50

729

14.6

7

1

0

0

2021

12

65

936

14.4

13

0

0

0

Career

47

176

2,711

15.4

35

3

5

0

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