Chris Olave

#12 WR / New Orleans Saints / EXP: 0YRS Height: 6-1 Weight: 188 lb Age: 22 College: Ohio St. Bye 14
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Player Outlook

Olave, a three-year throttler at Ohio State, figures to have an instant role in the offense. The first-round pick was a regular staple in the Buckeyes offense as both a short-area target and as a deep-ball receiver. His instant acceleration was his secret weapon to blast opponents for 15.4 yards per catch and score 35 touchdowns over four years, including 32 in his final 33 games. What Olave has in speed he lacks in power, so there is a little concern about how he'll do once defenders start hitting him, but he's plenty elusive which will keep defenders baffled. There is a path where Olave leads all rookie receivers in yards and touchdowns, and he's got the right kind of downfield strong-arm in Jameis Winston to get there, but he absolutely will have to share targets with Michael Thomas and Jarvis Landry along the way. No doubt he should be considered around pick No. 100 overall in seasonal leagues, while he'll go anywhere from second to ninth overall in rookie-only drafts depending on format.

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  • The Saints selected Olave in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft, 11th overall. New Orleans made the most of its draft capital, using the 16th pick along with a pair of mid-round selections to trade up for Olave out of Ohio State. He's an excellent fit in the Big Easy as the Saints had a need for a legitimate option in the passing game opposite fellow Buckeye Michael Thomas. The 6-foot Olave set the school's all-time touchdown record with 35 over four seasons. In terms of tools, Olave is silky smooth as a route runner, but he isn't just crafty; he runs a 4.39-second 40-yard dash, which suggests that the downfield ability he demonstrated at Ohio State can translate at the next level. Regardless of New Orleans' direction at quarterback, Olave is set up to have a strong fantasy projection as a rookie.

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Scheduled Games

1 09/11 @Atlanta Falcons 23 22.29
2 09/18 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 12 20.53
3 09/25 @Carolina Panthers 7 19.24
4 10/02 Minnesota Vikings 32 26.53
5 10/09 Seattle Seahawks 6 19.00
6 10/16 Cincinnati Bengals 24 22.76
7 10/20 @Arizona Cardinals 30 25.11
8 10/30 Las Vegas Raiders 3 17.67
9 11/07 Baltimore Ravens 29 24.94
10 11/13 @Pittsburgh Steelers 20 22.00
11 11/20 Los Angeles Rams 22 22.05
12 11/27 @San Francisco 49ers 19 21.90
13 12/05 @Tampa Bay Buccaneers 12 20.53
14 BYE - - -
15 12/18 Atlanta Falcons 23 22.29
16 12/24 @Cleveland Browns 8 19.41
17 01/01 @Philadelphia Eagles 4 17.67
18 01/08 Carolina Panthers 7 19.24

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