Where do 2022 NFL Mock Drafts have Ohio State WR Chris Olave going at this point in the offseason? Does he go over his teammate Garrett Wilson? Here’s a look at Olave’s current NFL Draft stock and how it’s reflected in some of the latest 2022 NFL Mock Drafts.
NFL Mock Draft 2022: Chris Olave’s draft projections
Wilson and Olave have been tied at the hip in first-round mocks since the start of the draft cycle. Some minor separation has formed since last summer, but both players are still largely viewed as first-round prospects in 2022 NFL Mock Drafts.
The big boards of PFN’s Draft Analysts do well to convey the rankings of Olave and Wilson, respectively. All three NFL Draft Analysts have Wilson over Olave, but the gap isn’t too wide on any board. Chief Draft Analyst Tony Pauline has Olave ranked 18th overall, listed as the third receiver in the class. He’s just four spots behind his teammate Wilson at 14th overall.
The gap is larger on the other two boards, but only marginally so. Oliver Hodgkinson has Olave as his WR4 at 25th overall, while Wilson is WR1 at ninth overall. I also have Wilson as my WR1, ranked ninth overall. Olave still finds himself within the top 32, however, ranked at 27th and WR5. This comes after Olave caught 65 passes for 932 yards and 13 scores in 2021.
NFL Mock Draft 2022: PFN’s top consensus landing spots
While Olave no longer has the fringe top-10 hype that he had earlier in the cycle, he’s still a regular appearance in first-round 2022 NFL Mock Drafts.
PFN’s NFL Draft Director Cam Mellor’s first-round mock on March 14 sent Olave to the Las Vegas Raiders at 22nd overall. Of course, since then, the 22nd pick was traded to the Packers in a deal for Davante Adams. Olave would help fill the Packers’ need at receiver and give them the athleticism they covet. However, he likely wouldn’t meet their size thresholds.
In a first-round mock just a few days later, on March 18, Hodgkinson also had Olave in the back half of Round 1, sending him to the Tennessee Titans. Olave would be a great match alongside recently acquired veteran Robert Woods, to whom he shares some similarities.
And most recently, in a 2022 MDS 1-Round NFL Mock Draft written by Joe Broback, Olave was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles at 16th overall. That match would put him opposite 2021 first-round pick DeVonta Smith. The two could grow to have a dynamic akin to Olave and Wilson at Ohio State — feeding off each other with different styles.
Olave is rarely the first WR off the board in 2022 NFL Mock Drafts. But he’s consistently within the WR3-WR5 window. The general consensus is that Olave’s explosiveness, speed, and efficient style is worth a mid-to-late first-round pick.
Where does Olave land on other draft boards?
For some prospects, the dichotomy between PFN’s rankings and other sites is greater. But the consensus opinion on Olave at PFN is largely reflected elsewhere.
In his most recent 2022 NFL Mock Draft, NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein mocked Olave to the Arizona Cardinals at 23rd overall as a Christian Kirk replacement. Earlier, on March 1, fellow NFL.com analyst Bucky Brooks also had Olave in Round 1, mocking him to the Eagles at 16, mirroring the match from our most recent MDS mock draft.
Though not viewed as a bona fide WR1 candidate, Olave is still very much in the first-round conversation after his NFL Combine performance. Olave’s high-floor, high-upside profile should garner interest within the top 32 picks — top 50 at worst. Now, it’s just a matter of where he goes within that window.