New Orleans Saints 2018-2021 WR - Chris Olave ('21 and '20 First Team All-B1G, '20 Second Team All-American)

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    CHRIS OLAVE, WR, NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
    If Olave can be as successful as the other Buckeyes who have been drafted by the Saints in recent years, New Orleans will be happy it traded up to the No. 11 overall selection to draft him. In the past 20 years alone, Ohio State players who have excelled after being drafted by New Orleans have included Michael Thomas, Marshon Lattimore, Vonn Bell, Malcolm Jenkins, Will Smith and LeCharles Bentley.

    Thomas is one of six Buckeyes currently on the Saints’ roster, and he’s still in line to be their No. 1 receiver, assuming he is fully recovered from the ankle injury that sidelined him for part of the 2020 season and all of 2021. But Olave should get every opportunity to win the No. 2 receiver job opposite Thomas, giving Jameis Winston a pair of Ohio State greats to throw the ball to.

    While they did not play together at Ohio State, Olave and Thomas should in theory be perfect complements for one another. While Thomas has become an NFL star on the basis of his ability to carve up defenses on short and intermediate routes, Olave’s calling card is his ability to make big plays as a deep threat, which will help stretch out defenses for Thomas to do his work.

    Saints coach Dennis Allen believes Olave can be a lot more than just a home-run hitter in New Orleans, though, as he believes Olave brings a complete skill set with him from Ohio State.

    “I thought there were some good receivers in this draft, but he’s the one guy that I felt like, ’Man, I know exactly what I’m getting in this player,’” Saints coach Dennis Allen said after they drafted Olave. “Tough, smart, competitive. Highly polished. I thought one of the better route-runners. Highly productive, really good hands. I just felt like the best well-rounded receiver in the draft.”
     
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