Chris Olave

Chris Olave

Measurements
  • Height
    6003
  • Hand
    9 1/2
  • VJ
    32
  • Weight
    187lbs
  • Arm
    31 1/8
  • Speed
    4.39
WR Combine Averages
  • Height
    6004
  • Hand
    9 1/2
  • VJ
    36
  • Weight
    200lbs
  • Arm
    32
  • Speed
    4.51
Brian Friedland - Scout
Chris Olave
  • Overall Rank
    13
  • Position Rank
    4
  • Position
    WR
  • Age
    22.0 Years
  • Team
    OHIO ST

Stats

Year Games Played Rec Yards YPC TDs Misc. Stats
2018 14 12 197 16.4 3 1 Blocked Punt
2019 14 49 849 17.3 12 Long of 58 YDS
2020 7 50 729 14.6 7 104.1 YDS/G
2021 12 65 936 14.4 13 5.4 REC/G

Build

Does he have prototype size? What is body type? What is growth potential?

Average size standing at 6003. Length is adequate and shouldn't be a hindrance at the next level. Frame and durability is boosted by the fact that Olave did not suffer many injuries at Ohio State. Slimmer frame that looks like it can be filled out more prior to getting to the NFL.

  • Size
    5
  • Length
    6
  • Frame/Durability
    6
Grade 5.7

Mental

Is he instinctual? Does he play with urgency?

Adequate toughness and effort/motor. This player attempts to keep plays going even though he doesn't necessarily have the power to break tackles. Instincts are outstanding and one of the best aspects of his game as he knows exactly where to go when teams were playing zone coverage and exploits this coverage with ease (AT Rutgers/Q2/8:50). Furthermore, Olave knows when to improvise his routes in order to make a bigger play or to bail out his quarterback (AT Rutgers/Q1/4:23). He knows how to create leverage on his defenders when the play is breaking down. He also needs to play with more urgency on his routes.

  • Toughness
    6
  • Instincts
    8
  • Effort/Motor
    6
Grade 6.7

Athleticism

Does he have the athletic traits you want?

Explosiveness is not one of his strong suits, but it is adequate enough to get the job done. Overall speed is above the line as defenders can't sit back on their heels against him. Body control is above the line with the ability to improve, especially if he gains more muscle (AT Rutgers/Q2/3:38). He can also adjust to various types of throws (v Michigan State/Q1/2:38). Flexibility/bend is adequate, but he does look stiff on some of his routes. The same argument can be made for change of direction with some of his moves looking choppy. Play strength is adequate as he is not a player that is terribly easy to tackle.

  • Explosiveness
    6
  • Speed
    7
  • Body Control
    7
  • Flexibility/Bend
    6
  • Change of Direction
    6
  • Play Strength
    6
Grade 6.3

Technical

Does he have a refined skill set? Is he a projection or is his game developed enough to contribute early?

Olave did return punts at Ohio State, but this is not a bigger aspect of his game. Perimeter blocking is above the line as he is not thrown around in the run game or in the short passing game by more physical receivers. He is able to hold down his side of the field and not let his defender gain any leverage. Suddenness and release are both adequate as Olave is a bit slow off the line, but there is certainly room to grow in both of those areas as he did flash potential to be more difficult to contain at the LOS. Lack of better explosiveness and speed make it more difficult for him to get open against more physical corners (v Penn State/Q1/14:06). Route running is above the line and can get even better. Has the ability to take the tops off of defense and could grow in this area as well (adequate, for now). Run after the catch is adequate due to lack of better explosiveness.

  • Ball Skills
    7
  • Suddenness
    6
  • Release
    6
  • Route Running
    7
  • Run After Catch
    6
  • Vertical threat
    6
  • Perimeter Blocking
    7
  • Return Ability
    5
Grade 6.3

Grading Scale

  • 10
    Rare
  • 9
    Elite
  • 8
    Outstanding
  • 7
    Above the Line
  • 6
    Adequate
  • 5
    Average
  • 4
    Limited
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Deficient
  • 1
    Reject

Summary

What role does he play? What is his initial projection?
Chris Olave was a four-star receiver from Mission Hills High School when he arrived at Ohio State. In his freshman campaign, Olave played in all 14 games as he made his mark on both offense (12 REC, 197 YUDS, & 3 TDs) and on special teams (1 blocked punt). His sophomore year, Olave broke out for the Buckeyes as he recorded 49 REC for 849 YDS and 12 TDS while also making third team All-Big Ten. Despite a COVID-shortened year in 2020, Olave was still able to play in seven games where he was easily one of the best receivers in the country with a statline of 50 REC for 729 YDS and 7 TDs on his way to making the first of two first team All-Big Ten teams. In his final season with the Buckeyes, Olave finished with his best year in Columbus with 65 REC for 936 YDS and 13 TDs while making first team All-Big Ten for the second year in a row, making second team All-American, and being named a semifinalist for the prestigious Biletnikoff Award given to the best wide receiver in college football. Olave is a WR2 who wins with outstanding intelligence, instincts, and above the line route running abilities in order to beat defenders on intermediate routes. He has the chance to elevate himself to a WR1 if he builds on a slim frame while also being able to improve his play against more physical cornerbacks at the LOS.

Film Watched

  • iconBest Game
  • v Michigan State
  • Nov - 20 - 2021
  • Showed an outstanding ability to find the soft spots of the zone coverage MSU ran in order to make big plays and had 20.0 yards per catch in a dominant day
  • iconWorst Game
  • v Penn State
  • Oct - 30 - 2021
  • Struggled against physical man-to-man corners and lack of explosiveness led to him being unable to create a lot of separation despite having a touchdown on the day
Best Trait
Instincts/Intelligence
Pro Comparison
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