The Dallas Cowboys went totally against the grain, need wise, Thursday in the NFL Draft. Taking wideout CeeDee Lamb, they’re suddenly loaded on the outside.
The Dallas Cowboys came into the 2020 NFL draft as prepared as any other organization, we can be sure but at the same time, as blind as any other as well. This is all but a certainty, as the NFL Draft was subjected to all of the sudden changes we’ve experienced as a society due to our current world scenario.
With the Cowboys coming in with holes to fill all over the defensive side of the ball and with the board loaded with talent in multiple positions on that side, they were primed to get a prime time player in one of several needed positions.
Whether that be something along the defensive front to help further account for the losses of both pass rusher Robert Quinn and defensive tackle Maliek Collins. Or a player in the secondary to further solidify that backend while also helping to make up for what they potentially lose without safety Jeff Heath and cornerback Byron Jones.
Those were just the immediate suggestions that met the eye. The Cowboys could have chosen to go with an offensive lineman with the holes they have there or even a linebacker to help add more depth to that room.
These were all viable options for the Cowboys with the 17th overall pick. They didn’t go any of these routes though. They surprised everyone by taking wide receiver CeeDee Lamb of Oklahoma, a dynamic, explosive, and versatile playmaker who can take it all the way from anywhere on the field.
Even with all the superlatives attached to Lamb above, the admitted first reaction was one of puzzled confusion. To be honest and in one’s defense, this wasn’t a real need for the Dallas Cowboys with talented players on the board who were of those needed positions.
After a few seconds of letting it all digest though, the light ( the highlights) started to shine through. He was the most explosive player in the draft, someone that fills a need as a third receiver, a top of the draft talent who was practically a steal of a pick at 17, and just another weapon to continue to make quarterback Dak Prescott great.
Lastly, it was a Jerry Jones kind of pick and he couldn’t pass it up. In the end of it all, you have to be glad that he didn’t pass on Lamb and trust that they will let this massive get catapult them into one heck of a remainder of the draft.
They still have those needs to fill, but if the value they were able to get tonight was any indication of the things to come, then they’ll be just fine. That’s why although the CeeDee Lamb pick was a shocker, it was still smile-worthy.