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2022 NFL Draft Profile: Ohio State WR Chris Olave

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Position: WR

Height: 6-1

Weight: 188

Year: Senior

Jersey Number: 2, 17

Offensive Scheme: Air Raid, Pro Style Spread

Offensive Coordinator: Ryan Day, OC Kevin Wilson (WR Coach Brian Hartline)

Games Reviewed: Michigan 2018, Michigan 2019, Clemson 2019, Penn State 2020, Nebraska 2020, Indiana 2020, Michigan State 2020, Minnesota 2021, Oregon 2021, Penn State 2021, Michigan 2021

Position Specific Critical Factors

Hands (7) Very Good

The best WR's in football display great hands; they can snatch or pluck the football when in tight coverage or the wide-open field. Some receivers use their bodies when catching and therefore need more development as hands catchers.

Separation (8) Near Elite

A player's ability to separate from a defender while running a route is dependent on his ability to run a precise and clean route. Separation is not just the prospect's ability to separate with speed, but his ability to run several routes at a high level. The prospect's ability to sell a route to get a defender out of position is also a key way for a player to gain separation. Players with a limited route tree can make it easier for defenders to predict their route running tendencies. The ability to use their body to box out is another way to gain separation.

After Catch Ability (6) Good

A running back with the football in their hands, receivers who can catch a football and make defenders miss in open space, or that can break tackles is a commodity at the highest level of football: high-level WR's show elusiveness, strength, speed, and display toughness after the catch.

Key Strengths

  • Smooth Route Runner

  • Natural Separator

  • Big Play Ability

Key Weaknesses

  • After Catch Creativity

Pass Game Summary

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.

Run Game Summary

Olave is a good blocker in the run game but needs to improve his overall strength to be a more effective blocker. Olave has the speed to play a role in the run game. He can be used in jet motions or reverses if needed.

Final Analysis

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.

Final Grade Analysis

Final Grade: (7.1) (Instant Impact Potential)

(9.0-7.0) High-End Starter

Ceiling Grade: (7.2) (Instant Impact Potential)

(9.0-7.0) High-End Starter

Floor Grade: (6.5) (Developmental Potential)

(6.6-6.5) Low-Level Starter


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