Chris Olave: 'It'd be huge' to play for Packers, work alongside Aaron Rodgers


The last time the Green Bay Packers targeted and selected a receiver during the first round of the NFL Draft was way back in 2002, when this year's class of pro-ready prospects were toddlers. But the team's decades-long drought could finally reach its end on Thursday night in Las Vegas, as they possess a pair of first-round picks and have a glaring need at the position, following the blockbuster trade of superstar wideout Davante Adams.

It'd behoove the Packers to supply reigning MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers with additional weapons. Only four of his 449 career touchdowns have been thrown to a first-rounder, and Marcedes Lewis wasn't even selected by them. It's unclear which receivers will still be available when Green Bay controls the board (Nos. 22 and 28), but Ohio State star Chris Olave wouldn't be opposed to wearing green and gold this upcoming season.

"I've been talking to a lot of teams -- I've had a lot of visits planned... I've had conversations with the Packers a lot," Olave explained to The Zach Gelb Show on Wednesday. "We had a couple Zoom meetings and I talked to them a little bit... It'd be crazy [playing with Rodgers]. Watching him growing up, I always thought that he was the best quarterback ever. So, to be on the field with him, it'd be huge. Watching him, I feel like everything he does is different...

"I don't really pay attention to [mock drafts] -- I just control what I can control. I know only one team can pick me. So, whoever that team is, I know they're going to get a great player... Besides the production and on-field stuff, I feel like I bring a leader in the locker room, on and off the field. I feel like I'm real smart -- I'm like a quarterback at receiver. I think that's what separates me."

Olave, listed at 6-foot and 187 pounds, is currently the fourth-ranked wideout and 21st overall prospect on Pro Football Focus' draft board. In four seasons with Ohio State, the 21-year-old racked up 2,702 receiving yards on 175 total receptions, with a program-record 35 touchdowns. Olave was a go-to option near the end-zone in 2021, as 13 of his 65 catches ended in scores. He also finished with 100-plus yards in five of Ohio State's 11 regular season games.

Rodgers produced his fourth career MVP campaign in 2021. In 16 games, he amassed 4,115 passing yards with 37 touchdowns and just four interceptions, and didn't commit a single turnover from Week 10 on. Rodgers also delivered some clutch performances while battling a broken pinky toe, suffered in mid-November. Green Bay's season ended on a sour note, though, as its offense scored 10 points in a divisional-round home loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

The entire NFL Draft conversation between Olave and Gelb can be accessed in the audio player above.

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