Ohio State WR Chris Olave confirms virtual pre-draft meetings with Packers

Ohio State wide receiver Chris Olave, a potential first-round pick for the Green Bay Packers in the 2022 NFL Draft, confirmed he had virtual meetings with the Packers during the draft process. – repechage.

“I had a lot of conversations with the Packers. We had a few zooms, I talked to them a little bit,” Olave said. Zach Gelb of CBS Sports Radio.

The Packers hold two picks (No. 22, No. 28) in the first round and are in dire need of a receiver after losing Davante Adams and Marquez Valdes-Scantling. Olave, who may be the best road runner in the class and also ran 4.39 in the 40-yard dash, could give the Packers a receiver capable of creating separation and producing big plays on the ground.

There’s no guarantee Olave will be available when the Packers arrive Thursday night. He will be the best receiver on the board for some teams. It’s possible that a trade scenario could help Brian Gutekunst get into position to take Olave earlier in the first round.

The fit in Green Bay is just about perfect. Although a little undersized (187 pounds), Olave is lightning fast and a smooth, precise road runner – giving him a pro-ready profile and the potential to step in immediately and produce at a level. high for a needy receiver team like the packers. Teaming up with Olave and Aaron Rodgers could give the Buckeye star a shot at becoming a Greg Jennings-like receiver weapon in the NFL.

Olave couldn’t contain his excitement at being a teammate with Rodgers, who he says is the best quarterback ever — even against seven-time Super Bowl winner Tom Brady.

“That would be crazy,” Olave said. “Watching him grow, I always thought he was the best ever. The best quarterback ever. To be able to be on the court with him would be huge.

He would cherish the chance to play with the four-time NFL MVP.

“Everything he does is different,” Olave said. “Just by watching him play, everyone would want to play with him.”

Olave caught 35 touchdown passes at Ohio State, setting a new school record. He was named an All-American after passing 65 for 936 yards and 13 touchdowns during the 2021 season.

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