With the 17th pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys select CeeDee Lamb. The no-brainer choice that if missed would have caused an outrage.
In preparing for the NFL Draft, teams make their mock drafts, line up their favorite prospects, and try to come up with who they would have available at their pick. At the 17th overall spot, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was drooling when he saw wide receiver CeeDee Lamb still there.
While the departure of wide receiver Randall Cobb leaves a hole in the slot position, many still believed that the Cowboys needed more defensive help. Why was drafting Lamb such a no-brainer?
Lamb has had a great college career with the Oklahoma Sooners. In three seasons, the 17th overall pick caught 173 passes for 3,292 yards and 32 touchdowns.
That doesn’t still doesn’t show how good he played. Back to back 1,000-yard seasons and back to back 10+ receiving touchdown seasons. Still doesn’t yet do it.
How about leading the Big 12 in receiving touchdowns and yards per reception? If that doesn’t do the trick for you, then add in his effectiveness as a punt returner too, leading the Big 12 in total punt returns in both 2018 and 2019, punt return yards in 2018, and average punt return yards in 2018.
Okay, fine I guess I have to include national accolades to impress you then. The 2019 season saw him become a Consensus All-American, placing sixth in receiving yards, third in yards per reception, fifth in receiving touchdowns, and fifth in total punt returns.
You can see “CeeDee Lamb” amongst the top ranks of many categories for wide receivers. There is a very good reason for that. He is a very good receiver.
While he was not off the charts at the NFL Combine, he did manage to catch his fair share of attention. This was on an unbelievable sideline catch.
Above you will see his overall performance at the Combine. The catch I am referencing is shown at the 1:12 mark of the video. Enjoy it, savor it, and get ready for the upcoming season.
The 6.81 prospect grade given to Lamb by NFL.com is quite pleasing. It projects him as a year one starter with the potential to be a Pro Bowler.