Chicago Bears: Big Ten prospects to watch during 2020 season

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4. WR Chris Olave, Ohio State

Even with the emergence of rookie wide receiver Darnell Mooney, wide receiver is still an unknown for the Bears heading into 2021. With Allen Robinson’s contract situation yet to be determined, while third-year pro Anthony Miller has yet to fully live up to his potential, it’s clear the Bears could have to draft some wide receivers next offseason.

Luckily, the 2021 NFL Draft is expected to feature another loaded wide receiver class.  That’s why Ohio State’s Chris Olave should interest the Bears as either a late first-round pick or early second-round pick.

Looking at Olave, he’s not the fastest player on the field by any means, however, he is a very refined route runner that will win with separation. One red flag for some teams will be Olave’s strength. Currently, while he is listed at 185 pounds, teams will likely want him to bulk up in an effort to make him a stronger player.

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Does Olave fit what the Bears are looking for on offense? Yes. He can be the kind of player who the Bears thought that Anthony Miller would develop into. Throughout his freshman and sophomore years at Ohio State, he’s had a total of 60 receptions for 1037 yards and 15 touchdowns while averaging 17.3 yards per reception.