@ Michigan St. (20), vs. Clemson (N, 20), vs Akron, @ Rutgers, @ Indiana, vs Penn St.
Biggest strengths are route running, linear athleticism, and versatility. He can run any route from any alignment. Knows how to attack a DBs leverage and has sudden breaks at the top of the route. Can threaten the deep portion of the field from any alignment, and must be accounted for by the deep safety.
Biggest weaknesses are play strength and run after the catch ability. Rarely makes the first tackler miss or breaks tackles. His play strength shows up at the catch point if its contested. He can do it but that is not his game and he should be paired with a WR who can make those plays and compliment that skillset.
Chris Olave projects best as a Z receiver for a vertical offense and can handle a high volume of targets. He can move around throughout formations and line up everywhere. He has experience running all routes. Using him as a pure X would be the worst use of his talents upon entering the league.
Olave is an exceptional linear athlete, but that doesn't compromise his lateral ability. His history as a HS track star is evident, as his burst and long speed are easy to see on film. He threatens deep on every snap and demands safety help if you don't want to give up a big play. His limitation is his play strength, his footowrk is usually enough to keep himself clean throughout routes but these limitations show up in tackle situations and when battling physical press coverage.
Route Tree Variety
Big Play Ability
Chris Olave is the best route runner in the 2022 NFL Draft. Good footwork at the line of scrimmage helps him be able to execute speed or stutter releases to both the inside and outside when facing press coverage with regular success. Runs almost every route in the book and wins at all three levels of the field. His separation at the top of routes comes easy with his ability to decelerate and re-accelerate out of the break, his comeback is prestine. His body control and awareness on the sideline is quality, making many catches that would be good on Sundays. His ability to manipulate DBs and attack their blind spot comes natural, he can fluctuate his speed and put DBs in a bad position with ease and diagnoses coverage and where to sit to give his QB an open target. He could use some work on his scramble drill.
High Points Ball
Sure handed receiver during his time at Ohio State. He filled a role as a volume receiver and rarely disappointed with drop concerns. He was credited with 9 drops over the course of 47 games during his Ohio State career. He plays the position on the ground, he rarely will go up and grab a contested ball. His ball tracking is very good skill of his. Finished as the all-time TD reception leader at a school with a long pedigree of productive WRs.
Run After Catch
Does not play the game with a great deal of physicality. His run after the catch ability is his biggest point of contention. He can run away from the defens if he has space, but he rarely breaks the first tackle. He is fearless when going for a catch over the middle. Can execute a stalk block perfectly fine and has sprung some big runs with his effort there.
His instincts when working on a DB is fun to watch. Is great at diagnosing the coverage and being where he needs to be, when he needs to be there. He can line up anywhere for an offense. Ohio State lined him up as an X, Z, Slot, an attached TE in a 2-pt stance, field side, boundary side, jet sweeps, everywhere. That combined with his expansive route tree is dangerous.