The Ohio State football program has been known to have great wide receivers, especially in the last decade or so. They have a lot of talent running around in the NFL right now. Those receivers are helping a lot of NFL teams right now, just like they helped the Buckeyes. With that, we give you some of the best receivers from the last decade or so.
Marvin Harrison Jr
Being named the best player in college football by many people in the college football community, Marvin Harrison Jr. is for sure one of the best wide receivers in the past decade for Ohio State. He was the runner-up for the Fred Biletnikoff Award in 2022, actually won the award in 2023, and was the runner-up for the Heisman in 2023.
Marvin Harrison Jr. made a ton of insane catches that look impossible to make. He was able to get 2613 yards and 32 touchdowns his entire time with the Buckeyes. Right now he is predicted to be a top 5 draft pick.
Chris Olave was an outstanding receiver with the Ohio State football team, helping lead the Buckeyes to the playoffs. Olave had 2,711 yards with 35 touchdowns. He's more known for his catch against Clemson in 2021. He also got drafted in the first round by the Saints.
Olave was a very reliable receiver for Justin Fields, being able to catch practically any ball thrown to him. He was very quick and could make many fast cuts to beat cornerbacks. He led the team in receiving yards in 2 seasons in a row with 840 in 2019 and 729 in 2020. In 2021 Olave had career highs in both receiving yards and touchdowns with 936 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Even though being a little undersized at 6'0 and 192 lbs, Garrett Wilson was a very talented receiver. He had some very good jump catches that helped the Buckeyes in many games. He, like Chris Olave, had a very good catch against Clemson.
He has very similar stats to Harrison and Olave with 2,213 yards, but 23 touchdowns. He was very good at route running, and his run-after-the-catch ability. Wilson is now on the New York Jets and so far looks like a promising receiver.
Michael Thomas was a star for Ohio State, getting 1,602 yards and 18 touchdowns. He was on the 2014 National Championship-winning team. In 2015 he led the team in both receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. Michael Thomas is now playing in the NFL for the Saints, where some can say he has been a star.
Ohio State has produced some very good receivers recently, and with Emeka Egbuka and Jeremiah Smith this probably is something we will continue to see.