The Dallas Cowboys stole the first round of the 2020 NFL draft by selecting Oklahoma wide receiver CeeDee Lamb. What does this mean for Dez Bryant?
When the Dallas Cowboys selected wide receiver, CeeDee Lamb out of Oklahoma in the first round, it shocked the NFL world. Lamb had 62 receptions, 1,327 receiving yards, and 14 receiving touchdowns in his junior season last year. The Cowboys now have possibly the scariest trio of wide receivers in the NFL with Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, and Lamb.
The Cowboys front office certainly made the right decision in selecting Lamb where they selected him. Getting a skill position of his caliber at pick No. 17 without trading up was the most valuable and impactful pick the Cowboys could make.
While fans should be smiling at what the team accomplished in the first round, some may be struck with the realization that former Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant may not play for Dallas ever again.
While there have been rumors and stories surrounding the mutual desire for a Bryant and Cowboys reunion from both Dez and the front office, it may no longer be a possibility with the acquisition of Lamb.
With the team selecting the 21-year-old receiver with their first-round pick in the draft Thursday night, Dallas will likely not want to bring Bryant back to avoid any possibility of Lamb’s growth and development as a player being stunted.
According to The Athletic’s Jon Machota, owner Jerry Jones would like Lamb to wear the number 88, the number worn by legendary Cowboys receivers Michael Irvin, Drew Pearson, and Bryant. While rookie is ultimately choosing to wear the number 10, Jones offering Bryant’s former iconic number to Lamb is not a good sign that there is any interest in still bringing Dez back on the team.
While a Dez Bryant reunion had many Dallas Cowboys fans excited, deciding to spend their first-round pick on CeeDee Lamb was the right call. With Lamb only being 21-years old, he will have multiple years under a rookie contract that will end before he enters his prime. So a potential reunion with Bryant, who’s now 31-years old after spending the past two seasons out of the NFL, now seems unlikely.