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NOLA Saints trade up to add WR Chris Olave to their offense

Chris Olave (Photo by G Fiume/Maryland Terrapins/Getty Images)
Chris Olave (Photo by G Fiume/Maryland Terrapins/Getty Images) /
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The NOLA Saints drafted a wide receiver in the first round and they traded up to do so, grabbing Chris Olave with the No. 11 overall pick. The black and gold swapped spots with the Commanders, moving up five spots and getting the Ohio State product to pair with Michael Thomas, yet another Ohio State product.

How can Saints fans NOT be thrilled with this move?

Not only did the Saints add a stud at a major position of need but they still managed to keep the No. 19 overall pick in doing so. They parted ways with obviously the No. 16 pick as well as the No. 98 and 120 picks. That’s a decent trade.

NOLA Saints draft Chris Olave No. 11 overall after making a trade

Olave is someone who was frequently mocked to New Orleans during the offseason and they obviously wanted the guy in the Big Easy playing next to Thomas. Wide receiver has been a position the Saints needed to address for quite some time now and they’ve finally done so, giving quarterback Jameis Winston one of the most explosive weapons in the draft.

Olave had 65 receptions for 936 yards and an astounding 13 touchdowns through 11 games and the hope is that he can step in and fill the WR2 role down in NOLA.

The trade might take away a third and fourth-round but who cares? The Saints had to add a wide receiver in this draft and they got one of the best ones available after Drake London went to Atlanta and Garrett Wilson landed with the Jets.

Olave gives the Saints a nice weapon on offense and I’m so glad they didn’t end up taking a quarterback with this pick. Olave can be an immediate contributor in this offense and that’s what the Saints need as they enter year two of the post-Drew Brees era.

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How are you feeling about this pick, Saints fans?

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