Chris Olave

Overall Rank
WR16
2023
Height
6' 0"
Weight
185 lbs
Arm Length
31"
(34th)
Draft Pick
1.11
(2022)
College
Ohio State
Age
24.0
Best Comparable Player
Garrett Wilson
Workout Metrics
4.39
95th
98.3
67th
116.4
25th
10.00
50th
40-Yard Dash
Speed Score
Burst Score
Agility Score
Catch Radius
High School Metrics
31.8%
(60th)
College Dominator
26.0%
(77th)
College Target Share
19.2
(85th)
Breakout Age

Chris Olave Bio

Chris Olave

Chris Olave was a three-star prospect from Mission Hills High School in San Marcos, California, where he was a three-sport athlete (he also played basketball and ran track). The San Marcos native earned offers from Tennessee, Michigan, and USC. He ultimately chose Ohio State. As a freshman in 2018, Olave's production was muted while he played alongside Parris Campbell, J.K. Dobbins, and Terry McLaurin. After McLaurin and Campbell left for the NFL, Olave broke out - in his second season as a Buckeye.

Olave was efficient in that sophomore season. He averaged 17.5 yards per reception while leading the team in receiving yards (840) by a wide margin. The next closest receiver had 636 yards. Olave established a high yardage floor on relatively low target volume, posting 50 receiving yards or greater in nine of his 13 games. In his junior year, COVID caused the Big Ten to shorten the regular season. In an abbreviated season, Olave led the team in receptions (50) and receiving yards (729). That was all while sharing the field with Jameson Williams and Garrett Wilson.

2021 was Chris Olave’s senior season and his least productive statistically. He fell from being the reception and yardage leader the previous season to being the No. 3 wide receiver on his team, ceding the top spot to sophomore Jaxon Smith-Njigba. He still maintained a Yards Per Reception greater than 14 for the fourth year in a row. Olave earned an invite to the Senior Bowl, but chose not to attend. He did not need to prove anything else to be selected highly in the NFL Draft.

Olave was selected in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints. In his rookie season, he played in 15 games and earned a 26.7-percent (No. 15) Target Share. He operated as New Orleans’ No. 1 receiver most of the season (with Michael Thomas hurt) and finished with 72 receptions for 1,042 receiving yards and four receiving touchdowns. Olave’s potential for even more production flashed as he recorded a 40.8-percent (No. 3) Air Yards Share, with 845 (No. 5) Unrealized Air Yards. Derek Carr replaced Andy Dalton as the Saints QB for 2023 and Olave continued his WR2 production (14.5 FPPG, No. 19). He continued to be top-20 in Target Share (25.2-percent, No. 17), as well as top-12 in Air Yards Share (38.2-percent, No. 12) and Unrealized Air Yards (No. 3). Olave.