Ohio State's Garrett Wilson, Chris Olave remain in the first round of many NFL mock drafts
Ohio State's impressive passing game is widely expected to be on full display during the first round of the NFL Draft on April 28.
Buckeye receivers Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave are widely expected to be first-round picks for Ohio State.
If this happens, this will mark the first time since 2007 that the team has two receivers drafted in the first round when Ted Ginn and Anthony Gonzalez were selected.
Wilson and Olave lead a strong wide receiver class in the NFL Draft. ESPN NFL Draft analyst Todd McShay said on a media conference call Wednesday that seven wide receivers could go in the first round and to up to 20 pass catchers could go in the first three rounds.
But the story of Ohio State's 2022 draft doesn't solely rest on Wilson and Olave's shoulders.
Here is a look at Buckeyes who may hear their names called during the April 28-30 NFL Draft according to NFL mock drafts from ESPN, NFL Network, Sporting News, CBS Sports, Pro Football Network and Pro Football Focus.
Mock drafters split on Garret Wilson's destination
Various NFL mock drafts project Wilson to be the top receiver taken during the first round, with ESPN saying Atlanta would be a good option at No. 8 after Calvin Ridley was suspended for year.
Mel Kiper of ESPN says Wilson can immediately become their No. 1 receiver.
What do the Falcons need here, Todd? I'd say everything. Wilson, a smooth route runner with elite speed, can be their No. 1 receiver.
Ryan Wilson of CBS Sports says Garrett Wilson is headed to the Jets
The Jets desperately need to get Zach Wilson some weapons and while offensive line could be a need, the hope is that Mekhi Becton returns to the form that made him a first-round pick and the offensive line will have some stability next season. Wilson is our WR1 (full disclosure: it would be Jameson Williams if he was 100 percent healthy) and he reminds us a lot of Odell Beckham III. Wilson has compared himself to Diontae Johnson -- either player is a win for the Jets and their young QB with this pick.
Peter Schrager of NFL Network says has Wilson headed to the New York Jets at No. 10.
The first wideout off the board, Wilson is able to contribute from Day 1 for the Jets. Many believe he is the surest thing at the position in this year's draft class. That's exactly what the Jets need.
Dalton Miller of Pro Football Network also has Wilson going to No. 11 to Washington.
In a world full of unknowns, it sure feels like the Commanders will draft Garrett Wilson or Chris Olave if the board falls this way. That would make Washington’s receiving corps dominated by Buckeyes receivers. Terry McLaurin, Curtis Samuel, and Wilson would form a dynamic trio. Nevertheless, questions remain at the quarterback position for Washington.
Anthony Treash of Pro Football Focus also has Wilson landing No. 11 with Washington.
Wilson is coming off back-to-back 80.0-plus PFF grades and makes his mark as a top-notch route-runner. He pairs that with top-notch body control and an innate ability to shake guys in the open field.
The physical aspect of the 6-foot, 183-pound receiver’s game is a concern, but it shouldn’t be enough to prevent him from sliding further than 11th overall in the 2022 NFL Draft. His game should allow him to have immediate success when in the slot or given a cushion on the outside.
Vinny Iyer of The Sporting News says Wilson will go to New Orleans at No. 16
The Saints should be in the market for plenty of wide receiver depth as there's not much behind Michael Thomas beyond Marquez Callaway, given Tre'Quan Smith leads the rest of the bunch. Now that New Orleans has two first-rounders this year after a trade with Philadelphia, it can also address the offensive line concern here or three spots later at No. 19.
Philadelphia, New Orleans and Green Bay eying Chris Olave
Vinny Iyer of The Sporting News says Olave's explosiveness would fit well with Washington at No. 11.
The Commanders need to give Carson Wentz and Terry McLaurin some help at wideout and getting a true speedy No. 1 outside would be a great decision for Scott Turner's offense. Olave has a little more all-around appeal for his explosiveness than former teammates Garrett Wilson and Jameson Williams.
Peter Schrager of NFL Network says Olave will go to Green Bay at No. 14
Green Bay panics over the possibility of whiffing on a wide receiver in this round and moves up (giving Baltimore Pick Nos. 22 and 53 overall) to get Olave before the expected WR drop-off.
Anthony Treash of Pro Football Focus has Olave going to New Orleans with the team's No.16 pick.
With their newly acquired first-round pick, New Orleans should go after Ohio State wide receiver Chris Olave, who has the wheels to be a deep threat at the next level and is one of the more refined route-runners in the class. He ranks first in the Power Five in deep receiving touchdowns over the last three seasons and stands at the 97th percentile in separation rate over that span.
Todd McShay of ESPN says Olave has the ability to make vertical plays and fit in with former Buckeye Michael Thomas in New Orleans at No.19 in the first round.
I'll finish the first-round job for the Saints with a receiver. Michael Thomas hasn't been on the field much over the past two seasons, and the depth chart is pretty weak beyond him. Olave is a smooth route runner with the ability to make vertical plays.
Dalton Miller of Pro Football Network also has Olave going No. 19 to New Orleans
The Commanders aren’t the only team stacking Ohio State receivers. Chris Olave joins Michael Thomas as the second Buckeye receiver on the Saints roster. His play strength will need to improve to attack press coverage consistently, but teams can’t play press on every rep, and offenses aren’t static. Olave was a touchdown machine in college, thanks to his route running in the red zone and impressive catch radius.
Ryan Wilson of CBS Sports has Olave slotted to Pittsburgh at No. 20.
This was one of the toughest picks in our final mock draft. The Steelers have had top-30 visits with top QB prospects, and with two already off the board, who knows if they might go in another direction here and perhaps trying to move up in Round 2 for one. Needs include offensive and defensive line, edge rusher and cornerback but the top four OTs are gone, Pittsburgh may feel good about its interior OL depth after free agency, and two of the top DLs are gone too. We're down to EDGE5 so here the Steelers go wide receiver. Treylon Burks was a consideration because his game mirrors that of JuJu Smith-Schuster, but Olave is a fantastic route runner who ran a 4.39 at the combine. And while he didn't always play that fast, he's an experienced difference-maker who can be a Day 1 contributor.
Experts see Nicholas Petit-Frere as a fit for Baltimore Ravens, Seattle Seahawks Buffalo Bills
Vinny Iyer of The Sporting News says Petit-Frere's versatility will help the Ravens.
The Ravens need some depth and versatility behind Ronnie Staley and newcomer Morgan Moses given the latter's injury history. Petit-Frere has experience starting well on either side.
Todd McShay of ESPN has offensive tackle Nicholas Petit-Frere as a fit in Buffalo with their third-round selection.
Pro Football Network also projects Petit-Frere in third round to Seattle at No. 72.
Jeremy Ruckert could be headed to the Minnesota Vikings or Denver Broncos
Vinny Iyer of The Sporting News likes Ohio State tight end Jeremy Ruckert's fit with the Vikings.
The Vikings lost Tyler Conklin in free agency and with Ruckert, they can get some of receiving pop back to better complement returning Irv Smith Jr. in 12 personnel.
Pro Football Network has Ruckert projected to Denver at No. 96.
Writer predicts Thayer Munford will head to the Houston Texans
Vinny Iyer of The Sporting News has Thayer Munford going to Houston in the fourth round at No. 107.
Haskell Garrett mocked to the Baltimore Ravens
Vinny Iyer of The Sporting News has defensive lineman Haskell Garrett going to Baltimore in the fourth round at No. 110.
Could Tyreke Smith end up with the Cleveland Browns?
Vinny Iyer of The Sporting News has edge pass rusher Tyreke Smith going to Cleveland in the fourth round at No. 118.