NFL Scouting Combine Week is underway. And on top of watching prospects partake in workouts and drills that will ultimately dictate their draft stock, our attention will also be captured by players meeting with teams and fielding questions from reporters.
And when it comes to the Chicago Bears, we’ll likely hear about them linking up with any number of wide receivers, especially after GM Ryan Poles implied that his team could be big-game hunting for the kind of pass-catcher who can bail out a quarterback. Of course, that receiver doesn’t have to come in free agency. The Bears could very well find that receiver in the upcoming NFL Draft. Maybe in the form of someone with whom Justin Fields is familiar from his college years. Perhaps and old friend:
Ohio State WR Chris Olave said of the potential of playing with his former teammate Justin Fields again:
“I feel like we could complement each other very well if we got to play together again.”
— Mark Grote (@markgrotesports) March 2, 2022
Now *THIS* would be a dream. Linking Fields up with Chris Olave would be special type of reunion party. Because when Fields was lighting it up at Ohio State, Olave was one of his top targets.
Olave caught 49 passes for 849 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns in Fields’ first season as the Buckeyes’ starting quarterback in 2019. A year later, Olave hauled in 50 passes for 729 yards and 8 touchdowns in an abbreviated 2020 season that saw Fields solidify his prospect status and first-round grade. Given that history, it is easy to dream on what Fields and Olave could do if they get a chance to play together again. And considering how (1) Joe Burrow was looking when targeting old college chum Ja’Marr Chase, (2) what Jalen Hurts was doing when throwing to his former Alabama running mate Devonta Smith, and (3) Tua Tagovailoa’s success feeding former Crimson Tide top target Jaylen Waddle the rock, it would be a dream to have Olave for Fields to throw to in Chicago.
And because you’re probably curious, there has already been one NFL mock draft that sends Olave to the Bears, which makes this scenario feel like less of a pipe dream than one might otherwise expect:
This New NFL Mock Draft Has the Bears Finding Justin Fields His Own Ja’Marr Chasehttps://t.co/dg7z9lqMG2
— Bleacher Nation Bears (@BN_Bears) February 15, 2022
The Bears won’t be the only team with eyes on Olave. But maybe having Fields in tow already nudges them toward angling for a play on the OSU product. We’re early in the pre-draft process, but it’s never too early to gather possible fits to start piecing together that puzzle.