Dallas Cowboys 7-Round 2022 Mock Draft: Dan 2.0

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Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Chris Olave (2)
Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Chris Olave (2) /

Round One – Chris Olave – Wide Receiver – Ohio State

I really was targeting Tyler Linderbaum and Kenyon Green, but sadly it was rare they would get past twenty. This slightly blows up how I was looking to go into the draft and where I was targeting certain positions and players.

That said, there is a possibility of a trade down if one of the quarterbacks are sitting there for a team to move up for. However, more often than not if there was a quarterback, I got zero offers. The choice usually came down between Olave, Zion Johnson, and Roger McCreary, of those three Olave was the best player available.

Chris Olave is probably the best route runner in this class and the word most people use to describe him is “smooth”. He creates separation through his ability to sell routes and can get off press coverage due to his ability to step and go laterally.

Once Olave is in the open field he can outrun defenders and is a threat to get behind the secondary quickly. He has an amazing awareness on the sidelines and gets his feet down so well.

Some think he is a slot receiver, but Olave can play inside and out. He doesn’t do as well when there is a lot of traffic and he isn’t going to break a ton of tackles, but his ability to get open and be a deep threat helps him quite a bit.

He will need to work on catching in traffic and run blocking. Dallas could put Lamb and Olave anywhere, move them around pre and at the snap. If the Cowboys keep Amari Cooper, then a trio of Cooper, Lamb, and Olave, if used properly, becomes a scary offense to line up against.