Chris Olave
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Olave with Ohio State in 2018
No. 12 – New Orleans Saints
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (2000-06-27) June 27, 2000 (age 22)
San Ysidro, San Diego, California
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:187 lb (85 kg)
Career information
High school:Mission Hills (San Marcos, California)
College:Ohio State (2018–2021)
NFL Draft:2022 / Round: 1 / Pick: 11
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 3, 2022
Receiving yards:268
Player stats at · PFR

Christian Josiah Olave (/ˈlɑːv/ oh-LAH-vay; born June 27, 2000) is an American football wide receiver for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Ohio State, where he holds the school record of most career touchdown receptions at 35. Olave was drafted by the Saints in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft.

High school career

Of Cuban descent on his father's side and African-American on his mother's, Olave was born on June 27, 2000, in San Ysidro, California.[1] He played football at Eastlake High School in Chula Vista for two seasons before transferring to Mission Hills High School in San Marcos, California. He had to sit out his junior year due to California Interscholastic Federation transfer rules.[2] During his senior season, Olave caught 93 passes for 1,764 yards and 26 touchdowns. He was also a member of the school's basketball and track teams.[3] He committed to Ohio State University in January 2018.[4]

College career

As a freshman at Ohio State, Olave played on both offense and special teams. He was able to haul in 12 catches for 197 yards and three touchdowns during his debut season. During the 2018 match up against Michigan, he was able to bring in two touchdowns and block a punt in the 62–39 Ohio State win. The following week in the 2018 Big Ten Football Championship Game, he caught five passes for 79 yards and a touchdown against Northwestern. Following the 2021 season, Olave announced that he would be opting out of the 2022 Rose Bowl in order to prepare for the 2022 NFL Draft.[5]

College statistics
Season GP Receiving
Rec Yds Avg TD
2018 7 12 197 16.4 3
2019 13 49 849 17.3 12
2020 7 50 729 16.2 8
2021 11 65 936 14.4 13
Career[6] 38 176 2,711 15.4 36

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split Vertical jump Broad jump
6 ft 0+38 in
(1.84 m)
187 lb
(85 kg)
31+18 in
(0.79 m)
9+12 in
(0.24 m)
4.39 s 1.45 s 2.46 s 32.0 in
(0.81 m)
10 ft 4 in
(3.15 m)

Olave was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the first round (11th overall) of the 2022 NFL Draft.


  1. ^ "Los mejores jugadores con origen latino en el Draft 2022 de la NFL".
  2. ^ Maffei, John (October 17, 2016). "Proposal would ease athletically motivated high school transfers". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved April 28, 2022.
  3. ^ Loza, Liz (April 18, 2022). "NFL Draft: Is Ohio State's Chris Olave too good for the Dallas Cowboys to ignore?". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved April 28, 2022.
  4. ^ "Chris Olave Commits To Ohio State". Bucknuts. Retrieved October 30, 2019.
  5. ^ "Ohio State's Nicholas Petit-Frere opts out of Rose Bowl, declares for NFL Draft". Bucknuts.
  6. ^ "Chris Olave College Stats". Retrieved January 16, 2022.
  7. ^ "Chris Olave Draft and Combine Prospect Profile". Retrieved March 4, 2022.
  8. ^ "2022 Draft Scout Chris Olave, Ohio State NFL Draft Scout College Football Profile". Retrieved April 28, 2022.