Chris Olave is another talented Ohio State WR labeled with the technician tag similar to players in recent years, the most notable being Terry McLaurin. But Olave is more than just a technician. In addition to his route running, he is a serious deep threat with a high-level ability to track the football while being covered. He is not always a hands catcher, which can improve, but he possesses excellent body control in tight quarters, especially on back shoulder catches that he often makes look easy.
Olave will not wow you physically, and at the NFL level, he will play in the slot or the z in an off-ball role where he will get a free release. If needed, he could step into an on-ball role using his short-area quickness off the line of scrimmage to get a free release.
Olave excels at every level of the field; while he is not as elite after the catch as his Ohio State teammates, he is elusive enough to make a man miss in space where he can pick up the extra yards.
Olave has instant impact potential right away. He can play a featured role at the NFL level. He can flourish in an offense that successfully utilizes a combination of horizontal, vertical, and option routes with a good balance of play action. His ability as a run blocker is adequate and will translate at the next level due to the Ohio States' enhanced focus on WR run blocking. He is also a solid special teams player who has blocked punts.
Olave has a similar skill set to Tyler Locket, combining route running with deep ball tracking while playing an off-the-ball role from the Z or the slot.
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