Round one recap: Buckeye WRs back to back


It was quite a show Thursday night NFL Draft, as Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave hit the red carpet dressed as if they were about to star in a cop buddy movie. The two close friends no doubt talked about it for many years in Columbus, but I doubt either of them thought they’d be drafted so close to each other — let alone back-to-back. They had such great chemistry with Zone 6 for the Buckeyes, so I was glad to see the two teammates share one last moment together before their lives were changed forever.

When I first saw the duo walk the red carpet, I admit I was a little nostalgic and sad, but proud and optimistic about the future of two of the Buckeyes’ best and most popular. in the history of the Buckeye Nation. . All the time and battles together led to this absolutely awesome moment of being able to get drafted with one of your best friends, it’s next level cool.

What made things even more storybook-worthy was the fact that the duo were drafted BACK-TO-BACK in the first round, placing 10th and 11th overall in the draft. They not only got to experience the draft with their teammate, but also celebrated on stage when they were picked within 10 minutes of each other.

I mean, when Michael Irvin is the one who gets your number, you know you made it.

Wanted to take a quick look at the adjustment ahead of the start of the second round of the draft tonight, and how we can expect both to perform in their rookie seasons, or at least in what kind of situations they find themselves.

Garrett Wilson was the first to leave the board (but not the first WR, looking at you in Atlanta) and was picked to end up in the Big Apple with the New York Jets. Now, I know a lot of you say the Jets are cursed, and while I don’t disagree with that statement, if anyone can break a curse, it’s our guy Garrett. He’s heading to New York to team up with last season’s Jets first-round pick Zach Wilson for the now-patented Wilson-Wilson combo connection.

The Jets haven’t so quietly had one of the best first rounds in the draft, which is to be expected when you’re making three picks. Garrett joins an attack with no real No. 1 threat. Elijah Moore and Corey Davis are good players, but neither have Garrett’s potential. I think he will jump to the top of that depth chart in training camp or the first month of the season at the latest. He will have many opportunities for the targets, and for you fantasy football Dynasty players look pretty good at picking up in the long run.

Which attack he will enter is still a bit of a question mark, but he will be able to grow and develop with the young QB already in place. Gaining chemistry and good practice habits is key for any rookie in the NFL, and with coach Brian Hartline’s discipline and work ethic instilled in our wides, I think it won’t be a problem for Wilson in his transition to the League.

Then we come to one of the most popular Buckeyes of my time on this earth, Chris Olave. The Saint Columbus…. errrr… excuse me the New Orleans Saints made their presence known once again in Ohio, as they raced to take on one of our favorites. It’s a very interesting situation that Olave finds himself in now, and I’m maybe a bigger fan than most people I’ve seen. I think Jameis Winston is a capable QB with good weapons, and he excels at throwing the ball deep in the field.

What does Olave do better than almost anyone in the draft class? Follow and catch the deep ball. Olave will open up all sorts of space in the bottom lanes for Michael Thomas (oh look at another Buckeye in New Orleans) and their styles of play will complement each other so well.

Everyone always jokes that Michael Thomas is the tilt king but with Olave taking over the defense those tilts will be even more open and the YAC will only go up this year if I was a bettor. Now, of course, it’s a bunch of bologna how Thomas only runs obliques, but I just wanted to make sure how good Olave will be for Thomas’ game.

The first year without Sean Payton will be a good indicator of where the Saints will go in the years to come. If Jameis can play even average football with Olave now in the fold, their offense is a whole new animal. Kamara with Thomas and Olave all healthy and on the ground at once is a three-headed monster that I can’t wait to see.

There were obviously very mixed feelings about the landing spots of the two Ohio State stars, but that’s the price you pay when you’re elite and go higher in the draft for teams that don’t. may not be as well established. They may not have landed in the perfect situations, but I’m willing to bet the two will make the perfect situations for themselves. We know how hard these two work at their craft and drive to be great, so why not believe that their greatness will spill over to others around them? I see no reason why it wouldn’t.

Call me a home run, but these two studs are going to be All-Pros in no time.


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