Not many people expected the newest member of the Dallas Cowboys to be there at No. 17.
The NFL’ s first virtual draft had players land where many projected such as LSU’s Joe Burrow, Ohio State’s Chase Young, and Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa and Andrew Thomas.
With the 17th pick of the NFL draft, the Dallas Cowboys selected wide receiver, CeeDee Lamb, from the University of Oklahoma. CeeDee Lamb has the potential to be a number one wide receiver in an offense that already boasts Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup, making the Dallas Cowboys’ offense among the most promising in the NFL in the (hopefully) upcoming 2020 season. Let’s take a look at CeeDee Lamb’s measurables coming into the NFL.
In his college career at OU, Lamb racked up 32 touchdowns along with 173 receptions for over 3,200 yards at 19.0 yards per reception.
In 2019 alone, he accumulated 1,327 yards and 14 touchdowns at an astounding 21 yards per catch.
Height: 6′ 2″
Weight: 198 LBS
Arms: 32 1/4″
40-yard dash: 4.5 seconds
Vertical: 34.5 inches
Broad Jump: 124 inches
Finding a comparison to CeeDee Lamb to an NFL wide receiver isn’t hard. He’s athletic and fast enough to become a playmaker that will garner attention even from Cooper and Gallup while all three are on the field. Standing over 6 feet tall, his route running allows him to be able to play at any receiver position when on the field, including the slot which had to be enticing for Dallas after the departure of Randall Cobb.
Mel Kiper has mentioned before that Lamb plays similar to NFL superstar DeAndre Hopkins of the Arizona Cardinals.
Hopkins isn’t the fastest wide receiver in the league, running between the 4.5 – 4.6-second range, very similar to Lamb. Hopkins is known for his highlight-reel catches that include one-handed grabs combined with great run after the catchability. Lamb plays tough for his size, as some consider Lamb a few pounds lights to be considered a true primary target in an NFL offense.
Lamb’s height definitely benefits him when facing shorter defensive backs, showing the ability to break arm tackles from weaker defensive backs. If the Cowboys decide to use the young receiver in the slot, it’s more likely that he’ll face favorable matchups against slot cornerbacks and even the occasional safety of linebacker, opening up the field for more big plays.
Dak Prescott gets himself a much-needed weapon
The Cowboys select Oklahoma WR CeeDee Lamb with the No. 17 pick in the #NFLDraft
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) April 24, 2020
Dak Prescott now has three wide receivers capable of making impressive catches and then racking up yards after the catch. In a year that has much uncertainty about the upcoming 2020 season, the Cowboys know what direction they want to move with this team.
Lamb is a game-changer for the offense, and with Cooper and Gallup under contract for the immediate future, this trio could become the best in the NFL by year-end.
Can this Cowboys coaching staff find a way to utilize the new talent brought into this offense?
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