NOLA Saints linked to wide receiver in 2022 NFL Mock Draft

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The New Orleans Saints needed to add a wide receiver this offseason but waited until the seventh round to do so. As a result, they’re going to be in the same boat for the 2022 NFL Draft and finally pull the trigger on adding one in a mock draft from Pro Football Network.

According to said mock draft, the Saints go with Chris Olave of Ohio State, a move that would make Saints fans pretty happy.

Here was the analysis on why Olave was chosen for the Saints (who were picking at No. 24, for what it’s worth):

"In their first year without Drew Brees, what constitutes success for the New Orleans Saints? If they’re selecting here in the 2022 NFL Draft, it means they made the playoffs. Will that be enough for Jameis Winston to keep the starting role long-term? Did they draft Ian Book to take over in 2022? Could they even add another quarterback?Ultimately, Winston does enough in the upcoming season to keep his job, and his reward is a game-changing wide receiver in Chris Olave. The Ohio State pass catcher has the speed and route-running savvy to be a genuine WR1 in the NFL."

Olave has balled out for the Buckeyes the past two years but his best year was as a sophomore in 2019 when he had 48 receptions for 840 yards and 12 touchdowns. Through seven games this past year, he put on quite the clinic, grabbing 50 receptions for 729 yards and seven touchdowns. He managed to have two more receptions despite playing in six fewer games.

The NOLA Saints selected Chris Olave in a recent 2022 NFL Mock Draft.

Olave would give the Saints the WR2 they need and he’d be another Ohio State wide receiver joining this team and trying to make this offense the best it can be. Michael Thomas is the Saints’ only true receiving threat this year and after getting injured and missing over half of the 2020 season, New Orleans should have made it a point to address the position this offseason.

They did not, however, and that’s why they’ll be looking at spending their first-round pick on a receiver in 2022. If they do decide to go that route, Chris Olave would be an excellent choice. Saints fans should make it a point to watch what Olave has in the tank during his senior season at Ohio State.

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How would you feel if the Saints went in this direction?