It’s been said over and over: The New Orleans Saints need wide receivers.
The team lacked any sort of passing game this season, and something needs to change. The team will get star receiver Michael Thomas back, but they need more than that at this point.
That’s where the Ohio State stud Chris Olave comes in.
We know how much the Saints love their Ohio State players. The team has many players from the school like Pete Werner, Marshon Lattimore, Malcolm Jenkins, Michael Thomas, to name a few. Those players have worked out well for the team, and Olave could be the next one to join that list.
The 6’1″ receiver had a pretty solid season with 65 receptions, 936 yards, and 13 touchdowns. While these stats aren’t eye-popping stats, it’s an excellent season when you put them in perspective. Olave played alongside Jaxon Smith-Njigba and Garrett Wilson, who are some of the best receivers in the country, not to mention tight end, Jeremy Ruckert.
Olave is a guy that can change an offense. With his refined route running and lightning speed, he’s a prospect with a lot of general managers talking. The team could use a speedy slot wide receiver that’s ready right away, and that’s exactly what Olave could be.
On top of his already advanced route running and route tree, Olave has a solid set of hands. His potential for the league is off the charts. The only real downside to him is his lack of physical traits. At 6’1″ and 187 pounds, his physicality is less than desirable.
The New Orleans Saints have the 18th pick in the draft, and Olave should hopefully be on the board at that spot. With the upside of Olave and the need for a receiver, the Saints should consider taking the Ohio State product.
New Orleans also has a need at the quarterback spot and along the offensive line but wide receiver has been arguably their biggest need over the past several seasons. They haven’t been able to find the No. 2 option behind Thomas and that bit them in the butt this past year.
Olave might go before the Saints have a chance to take him but if he’s there at pick No. 18, NOLA shouldn’t hesitate to snatch him up and put him in the black and gold.