Packers Rumors: Green Bay 'Liked' WR Chris Olave Heading into 2022 NFL Draft

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVMay 2, 2022

COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 09: Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Chris Olave #2 runs with the ball after a catch during the game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Maryland Terrapins at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on October 9, 2021.(Photo by Jason Mowry/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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The Green Bay Packers waited until the second round of the 2022 NFL draft to address their need at receiver, but they reportedly "liked" Chris Olave heading into Round 1, according to Peter King of NBC Sports.

The New Orleans Saints traded up to the No. 11 pick to take Olave, while the Detroit Lions took fellow receiver Jameson Williams with the 12th pick after moving up from No. 32.

Green Bay, instead, stayed put in the first round with pick Nos. 22 and 28, taking linebacker Quay Walker and defensive tackle Devonte Wyatt. The Packers eventually moved up on Day 2 to select Christian Watson with the 34th overall pick.

King argued the team would have been better off packaging both first-round picks to move up to select Olave in Round 1.

Olave was a highly productive player during his career at Ohio State, totaling 175 catches for 2,702 yards and 35 touchdowns across four seasons.

Bleacher Report's Scouting Department was especially high on the wideout, naming him the second-best receiver in the class behind only Drake London, and 10th best player overall. Olave was considered the most "pro-ready" at the position and the best "route-runner."

B/R listed Watson as the No. 15 receiver in the 2022 class.

The North Dakota State product is seemingly more of a project at the position, which general manager Brian Gutekunst indicated after the draft.

"He's a big, fast, physical receiver," he told reporters Friday. "We think his best football is ahead of him."

While Watson could develop into a star thanks to his physical tools, the Packers need immediate help at receiver after losing Davante Adams and Marques Valdes-Scantling this offseason. The team signed Sammy Watkins in free agency, but no one on the roster had more than 600 receiving yards last year.

It puts a lot of pressure on reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers to carry the offense without many proven weapons.