Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson turn heads for Saints, Jets

Ancient Ohio State Football wide receivers Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave have their first taste of what it’s like to play in the NFL.

After being the first wide receivers drafted in the first round from Ohio State since Ted Ginn Jr. in 2007, Wilson and Olave began their first training camps with the New York Jets and New Orleans Saintsrespectively, after going back-to-back with overall picks No. 10 and No. 11 in the 2022 NFL Draft.

Wilson and Olave are two of the nine former Ohio State wide receivers to head into the 2022 season on an NFL roster, joining Terry McLaurin, Curtis SamueI, Michael Thomas, Paris-Campbell, Noah Brown, austin mac and victor binjimen.

jameson williamswho transferred from Ohio State to Alabama in 2021, was selected with the 12 overall picks in the 2022 NFL Draft.

Ever since Wilson and Olave took to the practice field at their respective stops, the two have already turned heads.

Garrett Wilson impressive early days with the New York Jets

Even in his early days with the Jets, Wilson yet found the opportunity to show his love to Ohio State.

But on the training ground, Wilson generated his fair share of highlights working with quarterbacks Zach Wilson and Joe Flacco after being selected as the No. 10 overall selection in the 2022 NFL Draft.

Wilson has already turned heads within the Jets organization.

“He reminds me of a lot of things that we did and were asked to do,” Jets wide receiver and 2021 second-round pick Elijah Moore told reporters. “Whenever I can give him advice that is not even football related, but maybe how to handle something in the building, I always try to do that. He understands things very quickly and he will be fine. .”

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Jets Coach Robert Saleh called Wilson “very, very athletic,” complimenting his body control and power in and out of the breaks, describing the former Ohio State wide receiver as “flashy.”

“He’s talented,” Saleh said. “Obviously there are things he’s going to have to learn as a rookie, especially moving around in our offense. But at the same time, we’re really excited about him and the direction of this team.”

Wilson has also seen his share of challenges.

He saw a lot of Jets cornerbacks Ahmad “Sauce” Gardnerwhich the team won with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.

“That boy is a dog. He really is a dog,” Wilson said. “He’s really skilful, good with his hands and often puts himself in the right script. When facing Sauce, you really have to make sure you have a plan.”

Chris Olave: ‘I know he’s going to compete’

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Chris Olave (12) practices during the NFL Football Team's rookie minicamp in Metairie, La., Saturday, May 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

In his first practices with the Saints, Olave already seems to find a home with the passing game.

Olive was selected by the Saints with the No. 11 overall pick in the 2022 draft, joining the former Buckeyes in cornerback Thomas Marshon Lattimore and Bradley Robytight end Nick Vannett and linebacker Peter Werner on the list.

Thomas knows what Olave can bring to the Saints’ passing game, having experienced the former Ohio State catcher since before he was officially a Buckeye.

“I’m very excited. It’s a blessing to have a guy like Chris Olave,” Thomas told reporters. “I knew Chris before he came here and to have the opportunity to have a guy like that, to train with him…it’s an honour. I know the culture he comes from, the environment he came from. I know the guys who coached him. Just coming from that winning culture at Ohio State, that fraternity and bringing another guy here like that, I know he’s going to compete.

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