The NOLA Saints made a ballsy move in the 2022 NFL Draft, trading up from the No. 16 overall pick to the No. 11 overall pick. With that selection, they nabbed Ohio State wide receiver Chris Olave.
Most fans were excited about the pick, as the Saints desperately needed to add a receiver in the draft and Olave gives the team a one-two punch at the position with both him and Michael Thomas.
Josh Edwards of CBS Sports, however, was not one of those people who were excited about this pick for New Orleans. He wrote about a questionable draft pick for each team and Olave was his choice for the Saints.
"Olave is a good player, and I hate that he is cast in a different light considering the situation. New Orleans went all in to compete this season and that is poor processing. Without Sean Payton and Drew Brees, the upcoming season is going to be a learning experience for the organization. The Saints sold the farm to make the Olave selection happen, and it will be nearly impossible for him to live up to those expectations."
NOLA Saints’ selection of Chris Olave not loved by everyone
Of course, people are going to say that the team gave up too much in order to make sure Olave to New Orleans became a reality. They parted ways with their third and fourth-round picks in this year’s draft meaning that after Round 2, they weren’t on the clock again until the fifth round came about.
While I get that the loss of the third and fourth-round picks were a steep price to pay, the Saints needed a wide receiver and they got their guy. I disagree that “it will be nearly impossible for him to live up to those expectations” because Saints fans aren’t putting steep expectations on the rookie.
If Olave can be a nice compliment to Michael Thomas and give Jameis Winston a solid WR2 option moving forward, that’s all Saints fans really want to see from the Ohio State product.
What do you think, Saints fans? Did the team give up too much for the OSU wideout? Was this pick truly the team’s most questionable pick?