The Dolphins will more than likely pick up a receiver in the 2022 NFL Draft to add some depth. It is possible that Miami could go with another receiver in the first round for a second year in a row. Ohio State Wide receiver Chris Olave is a receiver who sticks out as a potential pick for the Miami Dolphins. This article will make the case as to why Miami needs to Draft Chris Olave in the NFL Draft.
Why the Dolphins need another receiver?
The Dolphins already hit the jackpot on Jaylen Waddle last year. He had a fantastic rookie season as he had over 1,000 receiving yards and six touchdowns in 2021. Miami also has DeVante Parker, who is a veteran who has been making big plays for a while now for Miami. He had 515 receiving yards and two touchdowns in a season that plagued him with injuries in 2021. Other than that, the Dolphins do not have much depth at receiver. Will Fuller was injured most of 2021 and it is not likely the Dolphins will re-sign him. A lot of the other backups such as Isaiah Ford and Mack Hollins have shown promise this year, but the Dolphins will be looking for a player that can produce big right away.
Bring in Ohio State Receiver Chris Olave
Olave was one of Ohio State’s best receivers in 2021. The Ohio State receiver had 936 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns. He has been great throughout his college career though. He had 729 receiving yards and seven touchdowns in 2020. Furthermore, in 2019, He had a huge season with 849 yards and 12 touchdowns, which is like what he did this year. Olave has speed and is a great runner. There were multiple times throughout the year when Olave would be wide open as he can separate himself from the opposing defenders.
Olave can catch short passes and turn on the Jets for extra yards and he can also catch the deep ball. He is 6-foot-1 but he can stretch out and make fantastic catches in traffic. One thing that is impressive about Olave is his footwork. Olave has made incredible catches near the sideline and somehow gets a foot inbounds. He can also tight rope the sideline while he’s running with the ball. He is an all-around great receiver and has the size and the skills to be successful in the National Football League.
What makes him a good fit for Miami
Olave is a good fit for Miami because he brings more speed to this Dolphins receiving group. Waddle, Parker and Olave would make a threatening young group of starters. Olave has that big-play ability, which the Dolphins need more of on offense. Furthermore, Miami could lose Mike Gesicki to free agency this year, which makes finding another pass catcher even more imperative for the Miami Dolphins. Adding Olave would also give Tagovailoa another weapon to work with. This add could put the Dolphins offense on track to make a playoff run in 2022, if they make out well with the rest of the draft and if the defense is still as stout as they were in 2021.
Olave is a first-round draft pick according to the most recent draft projections. Miami is slotted to make their pick late in the first round, as they have the 29th overall pick. This means the Dolphins would more than likely trade up to get Olave or hope he does not get snatched. Time will tell though if Olave does ultimately become a part of the Miami Dolphins.