“There’s really nothing Chris can’t do,” Brian Hartline on Saints’ WR Chris Olave

Brian Hartline has the ability to look at any player’s game and tell you what he is capable of and what he lacks within moments. Ask him about the newest member of the New Orleans Saints, WR Chris Olave, Hartline had this to say, “Sometimes the best way to describe somebody is not what they can do, what they don’t do.

Olave’s receivers coach at Ohio State University from 2018-to 2021 is equally interested in checking off what the 11th-round pick of the 2022 NFL draft cannot do.

Chris Olave is a complete player: Brian Hartline

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Chris Olave’s route-running capabilities have been praised as being ‘elite-level’

Hartline strongly believes, “Frankly, there’s really nothing Chris can’t do. So that kind of sums it up. It’s not about what is he great at, he’s great at playing football.” The former alumnus of Ohio State said, “It didn’t really matter the job description. His high-point ability is great, ball tracking on the field is great, and his route running ability is great. Over and Over again, you’re going to find a lot of things he can do. Outside of bringing him into the box and blocking Ray Lewis, that’s probably the one thing he wouldn’t do well. But outside of that, I think you have a full, complete player.”

Hartline clearly has high praise for Chris Olave, and he should give his college career stats. Olave finished his Ohio State career with 176 catches for 2,711 yards and 36 TDs, including 65 catches for 936 yards and 13 TDs as a senior. He is the latest alumnus from OSU in the Saints lineup. WR Michael Thomas, CB’s Marshon Lattimore, Bradley Roby, LB Pete Werner, and Tight End Nick Vannett are the other alumni of OSU.

Olave had this to say about playing with the Saints “I knew it was going to be a good fit for me, playing alongside Mike Thomas. I’m glad they’ve got that pipeline going.” New Orleans traded up in the draft going from No.18 in order to pick Olave, Executive VP/GM Mickey Loomis claimed that the team just followed one simple strategy, “You find somebody that you love and you go get him.”

Olave is different from other receivers in his draft class due to his elite route-running ability. “A great route runner is nothing more than making people believe you’re doing something else before you do what you want to do, body language is really important. A defensive back watching you run off the ball and him not being able to tell what you’re going to do is really dangerous. And that is something Chris does at an elite level.”

“He has a great feel for the game, he knows where the fat of the zone is, he knows how to fund it. He understands timing, and where you need to be at this amount of time. You put those all together, I think that’s where he becomes a great route runner.” Hearing such high praise of Olave’s gameplay, we cannot wait to see him suit up for the Saints!

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