The New Orleans Saints have put themselves in a position where they’ll almost be forced to draft a wide receiver in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft. Fortunately for them, there are several solid receiver options that should be available when NOLA is on the clock.
Will either of the Ohio State star receivers be on the board though? These two guys are the cream of the crop when it comes to wide receivers in the upcoming draft and for good reason. Fans got a chance to watch both of these guys up close during Saturday’s game vs. Michigan with the Wolverines upsetting the Buckeyes for the first time in what feels like an eternity.
Chris Olave is typically off the board first in mock drafts. Through 11 games, Olave has 65 receptions for 936 yards and an astounding 13 touchdowns. I liked this tweet from Todd McShay during Saturday’s game because it’s so true — Olave is a quarterback’s best friend with how easy he makes everything look.
Garrett Wilson is the other star receiver for OSU and he also had a big game on Saturday. On the year, Wilson has tallied 70 receptions for 1,058 yards and 12 touchdowns. He has more receiving yards and receptions than his teammate but Olave has him beat in the touchdown category.
New Orleans Saints fans would love to have either Ohio State receiver next year
Wide receivers can go pretty much anytime throughout the first round of the draft. If they’re really good, they can be a top-10 pick as we saw with LSU’s Ja’Marr Chase and Alabama’s Jaylen Waddle earlier this year. Others, however, can slip to the later part of the first round, such as LSU’s Justin Jefferson in the 2020 NFL Draft.
New Orleans could end up signing or trading for a wide receiver this offseason and if they do, they might not have to go with a receiver in round one. With their lack of funds, however, it’s not unfathomable to think they’ll go with a wideout early and if either of these guys is sitting there when the Saints are on the clock, they’d be absolute idiots to pass on them.
Which one would you rather see in a New Orleans Saints uniform if you HAD to pick?