Chris Olave is headed to the New Orleans Saints. How he fits on their depth chart

Joe Harrington
The Columbus Dispatch

Chris Olave broke records at Ohio State and now he's headed to the NFL after being selected 11th overall by the New Orleans Saints on Thursday in the NFL Draft. 

Olave is the all-time leader in touchdown receptions for Ohio State football, surpassing former standouts David Boston and Cris Carter during a sensational senior season. 

Olave had 65 catches and 13 touchdown grabs for 936 yards for Ohio State. He had four games where he caught two touchdowns. 

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The senior started 24 games in his career, playing in 47 and finished with 35 touchdown catches. 

And now the 6-foot-1, 189-pound receiver is headed to New Orleans. 

Here's how he fits. 

How Chris Olave fits on the New Orleans Saints depth chart

The New Orleans Saints liked Chris Olave so much they moved up from the No. 16 overall pick to No. 11 to take him. New Orleans gave up No. 16, and a third- and fourth-round pick to the Washington Commanders.

The Saints have been in a rebuild since the retirement of all-time great quarterback Drew Brees. Jameis Winston is currently slated to be the team's starting quarterback in 2022. Marquez Callaway led the Saints in receiving last season with 698 yards on 46 catches.

The Saints, though, should have star receiver Michael Thomas back next season. Olave sounded excited to team up with the former Ohio State standout.

"To go in there and learn form him is going to be huge," Olave said to NFL Network's Melissa Starks. "We have a little relationship already, so that's going to be huge."

Here's how New Orleans' wide receiver depth chart looked before the draft: 

  • Michael Thomas
  • Marquez Callaway
  • Tre’Quan Smith
  • Kevin White
  • Deonte Harty
  • Lil’Jordan Humphrey

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