Dallas Cowboys fans should be excited about potentially drafting Chris Olave out of Ohio State.
After trading away Amari Cooper to the Cleveland Browns, the Dallas Cowboys could land his replacement in the 2022 NFL Draft in former Ohio State football star wide receiver Chris Olave.
Dallas is bringing in the former Big Ten star for a draft visit on Tuesday. While there are no guarantees that Olave will still be on the board when the Cowboys are picking at No. 24, it would be very hard to pass him up if he is still available. Inserting him into the same receiving corps as CeeDee Lamb, Michael Gallup and tight end Dalton Schultz could help offset the loss of Cooper.
Would it be advantageous for the Cowboys to target a star wide receiver like Olave at pick No. 24?
Ohio State football star wide receiver Chris Olave is visiting the Dallas Cowboys
By drafting a wide receiver at No. 24, the Cowboys would have, in theory, five years of control on a talented player coming out like Olave. They already have Gallup inked to a multi-year contract. While they still need to figure out how to secure Schultz long-term after slapping him with the franchise tag, the Cowboys do not have to pay Lamb right way, as he is only entering year three.
Though recent history has suggested there is greater value taking a wide receiver in day two of the draft than in the first round, that fifth-year option is helpful for franchises like Dallas looking to revamp their receiving corps. The Cowboys seem to have hit on Lamb and definitely hit on Gallup for the value. However, there is always somebody else in line to get their well-deserved pay day.
The player Dallas needs to prioritize how to keep long-term is cornerback Trevon Diggs. This elite ballhawk is entering his third season out of Alabama, but was a former second-round pick. He could be slapped with the franchise tag in two years, but he will become even more expensive if he balls out this year and next. As for targeting Olave, he can keep the receiving corps in good shape.
Olave has a chance to be as productive as Cooper was at receiver, but not be nearly as expensive.