Dallas Cowboys’ Prospect Spotlight: WR Chris Olave
Chris Olave’s fit with the Cowboys
The touchdown machine has logged about 80% of his snaps on the outside. Adding Olave could provide some flexibility with Lamb allowing the current Cowboy to operate more in the slot, where he arguably is at his best.
Gallup is also expected to miss some time at the beginning of the season due to recovering from an ACL injury, so the team could see how Olave produces on the outside before deciding on if they want him to play more on the inside or outside when Gallup returns.
The former Buckeye will give Dak Prescott a reliable presence in not just early downs, but on crucial downs near the red zone, too. Adding another red-zone target could be huge for this offense’s success within 20 yards. With Lamb and Gallup receiving most of the attention near the endzone due to their abilities to make catches over defenders, Olave could be that sneaky target that gets open across the middle due to his route running and separation skills.
Chris Olave’s Draft Projection
Currently, Chris Olave’s draft projection is a pretty wide range. It looks like he could go anywhere between picks 10 and 28. He is more likely to go sooner rather than later but, as previously stated, this is a deep receiver class, and someone is bound to fall. A similar occurrence happened in 2020 when CeeDee Lamb fell to Dallas at 17.
It looks as if the teams that are most likely to threaten to select Olave are the Jets, Eagles, Saints, and Packers. With all of those teams needing receivers, and three of the four having multiple picks before the Cowboys, it’s looking unlikely he will be on the board by the time America’s Team is on the clock. However, the team has had Olave in for one of their 30 visits before the draft, so it may be more of a possibility than we think.