The Dallas Cowboys have an Amari Cooper-sized hole to fill at the wide receiver in preparation for the upcoming season. It would be very frustrating if the Cowboys didn’t settle for placement in the draft and were able to do so in the first round.
The challenge is that the Cowboys sit in 24th place behind teams like the Patriots (no. 21) and the Packers (no. 22), who also have a demand for receivers. Bleacher Report’s Alex Ballentine proposed a trade in which the Cowboys jumped both teams to grab the 20th pick from the Steelers. The Cowboys rose from 24th to 20th, allowing the franchise to pick Ohio State star Chris Olave. Dallas sent Pittsburgh the fourth pick (no. 129) and the fifth pick (no. 155).
Olave is one of the top scorers in the upcoming draft with 65 relays for 936 yards and 13 touchdowns, the sixth most in college football in 2021. The former Buckeyes player scored a total plus 32 touchdowns over the past three seasons.
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Olave is predicted to be 1 of the top 3 voted recipients
Olave is definitely predicted to go through in the first round but his landing spot may depend on when the first recipient is selected. Athletic’s Dane Brugler has Olave picked in 19th place in his latest test draft as the second widest receiver off the table behind Buckeyes teammate Garrett Wilson.
ESPN’s Todd McShay also has Olave at number 19 but there are other recipients going much higher. McShay’s mock regime had Wilson go 7th place ahead of the Giants, followed by Drake London Open USC picked by the Falcons in 8th place making Olave the third recipient.
The Cowboys traded Cooper with the Browns for limited space and also lost Cedrick Wilson to the Dolphins in free agency. Dallas then signed former Steelers James Washington, an early favorite to be the team’s WR3 if the season begins today.
Former NFL GM on Olave: ‘He Looks Like Keenan Allen’
Two draft options are a lot to trade just for a four-point gain, even if it’s three-day options. The Cowboys will need to have Olave or a player of their choice whose level is much higher than the prospects available in 24th place to justify the move. Former NFL general manager and Heavy League insider Randy Mueller noticed some similarities between Olave and Chargers star Keenan Allen.
“I’m a Chris Olave guy,” explains Mueller. “I followed him for two years. I watched a series of movies. I can’t find any holes in this guy’s game. To me, he’s like Keenan Allen, only he’s a lot faster. I think the biggest things he brings are his dependability, his out-of-the-box handshakes. He does a lot of things with a level of detail that veteran recorders can’t – and it’s easy for him. He’s really instinctive.”
Olave is 1 of 3 recipients Cowboys will host for pre-draft visit: Report
The teams meet with a number of players from both the Senior Bowl and the NFL Combine. The next step was the 30 more formal visits the Cowboys were allotted with pre-draft leads. Based on Locked on Cowboy’s Marcus MosherOlave is one of three receivers that will visit Dallas along with Treylon Burks of Arkansas and Drake London of USC.
Olave did well for himself when the combo posted a brilliant 4.39 seconds in the 40-yard dash. The former Ohio State star had originally clocked 4.26 seconds, but the NFL later updated the receiver’s figure to 4.39. Either way, the Cowboys will get a speed player to side with CeeDee Lamb and Michael Gallup.
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