Dallas Cowboys fans should be excited for the possibility of Chris Olave being pulled from Ohio State.
After selling 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 the former Big Ten star to a draft visit Tuesday. While there is no guarantee that Olave will still be on the board when the Cowboys play in 24th place, if he is still available it would be very difficult to pass him. Putting him in the same receiving corps as CeeDee Lamb, Michael Gallup and Dalton Schultz could help offset the loss of Cooper.
Would the Cowboys benefit from targeting a star wide receiver like Olave at pick #24?
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By drafting a wide receiver at No. 24, the Cowboys would theoretically have five years of control over a talented player like Olave. You’ve already signed Gallup to a multi-year deal. While they have yet to figure out how to secure Schultz long-term after beating him with the franchise tag, the Cowboys don’t need to pay Lamb properly since he’s only entering his third year.
Although recent history suggests there is more value in picking a wide receiver on day two of the draft than it did in the first round, this fifth-year option is helpful for franchises like Dallas looking to transform their receiving corps. The Cowboys seem to have come across Lamb and definitely Gallup for value. However, there is always someone else waiting in line to get their well-deserved payday.
The player Dallas needs to prioritize to stay long-term is cornerback Trevon Diggs. This elite Ballhawk is entering his third season from Alabama but was previously a second-round pick. He could be beaten with the franchise tag in two years, but he’ll be even more expensive if he’s 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 at the receiver but not nearly as expensive.
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