The Green Bay Packers are going into the 2022 NFL offseason with a ton of uncertainty at the wide receiver position. Randall Cobb, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Allen Lazard, and Equanimeous St. Brown are all NOT currently under contract for next year. Davante Adams isn’t either, but with the franchise tag an option, he seems a lock to return (while they work on the long term deal). This leaves a window wide open for Green Bay to pick a wide receiver with the 28th overall pick.
Chris Olave would bring an NFL-ready WR to this offense
Route running is one of the toughest things for a college wide receiver to perfect in the pros. It took Davante Adams years to perfect his craft. However, if there is one guy who can transition from college to the NFL with ease, it’s Chris Olave:
In honor of #Twosday (2/22/22);
Shoutout to Co2️⃣ @chrisolave_ ❗️
Can’t wait to see which team drafts this elite route runner, team captain, Buckeye record holder, tOSU graduate, awesome person‼️
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— Keenan Bailey (@CoachKee) February 22, 2022
Chris Olave creates separation with ease. A smooth and polished route runner who can stretch the field.
— Speak Up (@_SpeakU) February 25, 2022
Chris Olave also has the speed and ability to win one-on-one on the outside:
— kev mahserejian (@RotoSurgeon) February 22, 2022
In three seasons starting at Ohio State, Chris Olave recorded:
- 164 receptions (best season was 2021 with 65)
- 2,514 receiving yards (best season was 2021 with 936)
- 32 receiving touchdowns (best season was 2021 with 13)
- 0 recorded fumbles
Olave peaked at the right time and is now one of the top wide receiver prospects in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Chris Olave has been all over the board when it comes to mock draft projections by multiple different sites. One thing seems to be constant, however: he is a first round draft pick. Where exactly in the the first round is the question. Green Bay may need to trade up if they want to go after this wide receiver.
- CBS Sport Tom Fornelli: #17 to the LA Chargers
- CBS Sports Josh Edwards: #21 the the New England Patriots
- Pro Football Network Joe Broback: #32 to the Detroit Lions
- The Draft Network Damian Parson: #28 to the Green Bay Packers
- NFL Spin Zone Sayre Bedinger: #28 to the Green Bay Packers
- Primetime Sports Talk Mike Fanelli: #28 to the Green Bay Packers
“What makes Olave so special is his dynamic route running ability,” said Vinnie Calderone, a contributor for NFL Draft Bible. “He can run virtually any route really well and it stands out on tape. His feet and hips are so smooth through routes that it almost looks like he’s jogging or going through the motions. You can’t teach that type of natural mobility.”
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