Bengals speedy receiver targets: Chris Olave, Ohio State
Although Chris Olave doesn’t have same the pure speed as the two aforementioned prospects, he brings what the Bengals need in a slightly different package. He’s got enough juice to keep corners at bay, but it’s his suddenness that creates separation and allows him to take the top off a defense.
He was consistently Ohio State’s deep passing threat a year ago, averaging 17.5 yards per catch. He’s on track to be even more of a headache for opposing defenses again this year, with 224 receiving yards, two touchdowns, and 17.2 yards per catch through just two games.
It’s encouraging to know that although Olave’s best aspect is his ability in the deep passing game, he’s beginning to prove he can get it done in all areas of the field. He’s transitioned into the Buckeyes number one receiver, and they’re asking him to do more all over the place. As the season wears on, expect him to continue to show that he’s up to the challenge.
Much like Atwell, Olave is still young and just now discovering how good he can be. He’s only 20 years old at the moment and playing at this level as a true junior.
The California native may be the most complete prospect on this list and too intriguing of an add for Cincinnati’s front office to pass up on.