The New Orleans Saints had a strong belief in Ohio State wide receiver Chris Olave during this year’s NFL Draft. They made a move up in the first round to secure him. So far, it looks like it may pay off.

Olave is leading rookie receivers in multiple categories. He is also the leading receiver for the Saints this season.

There was no rookie “waiting” period for the Buckeye product. New Orleans has needed him to make plays, and he has done that.

Among the entire NFL, Olave is already looked at as a top deep threat. His speed and downfield ability is elite. There’s still room for development at the catch point, but that will come for the Saints’ rookie.

As of now, he leads the league in air yards, and it isn’t very close.

A bit of this is aided by the game scripts from the Saints. They have been losing often in games and need to take shots downfield. Olave is their best option for that.

Jameis Winston has shown that he will push the ball down the field to Olave anytime, though.

Going forward, the Saints will need Winston to be more accurate with those passes whenever he returns. Andy Dalton connected with Olave for a couple of chunk plays this past weekend as well.

Olave’s catch in the final seconds allowed for the Saints to kick the potential game-tying field goal.

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