Cleveland Browns WR option No. 3: Chris Olave, Ohio State
If Chris Olave is still there at No. 44, the Browns need to take him. Olave has been drafted sooner than that in many mock drafts that are out there currently.
However, a player like Olave might fall in the draft because teams might need to cover other needs. Olave could be a perfect fit in Cleveland. He’s not the best receiver of the elite receivers mentioned before but he’d make an immediate impact on the team that selects him.
Olave has excellent speed and can separate easily from his opponents. He’s a great route runner and could fit in well in the Browns offensive schemes either on the outside and on the inside of various routes. He has four years of experience playing at Ohio State and that will make him one of the most experienced and NFL game-day-ready players that a team like the Browns need in their wide receiver room.
Over four years as a Buckeye he tallied 2,700 yards and 35 touchdowns. He had a nice 15.4 yards per catch average in his career. His teammate Garrett Wilson may get selected before Olave but he still will get selected in the first or second round.
At No. 44 the Browns could luck out with Olave somehow slipping to them (it did happen with Grant Delpit in 2020 and Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah in 2021 so anything is possible). More likely though, would be if the Browns were committed to him, they may have to move up in the draft with a trade.