With the first-round selection of CeeDee Lamb in this year’s draft, the Dallas Cowboys have three legitimate threats to post 1,000-yard seasons in 2020.
The Dallas Cowboys like to keep their strength strong. It’s one of the reasons the team continued to invest high-draft selections on offensive lineman despite already possessing three-perennial Pro Bowlers within the dominant positional unit.
That philosophy spilled over into their wide receiver room during the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft this past April. With the value simply being too great, the Cowboys opted to catch falling Oklahoma wide receiver, CeeDee Lamb, with the 17th overall selection.
Lamb’s addition to the receiver corps makes this unit among the most talented in the NFL. But could it potentially make them historic as well?
Lamb joins a receiver depth chart that already includes starters in Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup. Cooper, who was inked to a massive five-year, $100 million contract extension earlier this year, is already a four-time Pro Bowler despite only being in the league for five seasons.
Cooper was the fourth overall selection in the 2015 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders out of Alabama. The Cowboys famously traded their first-rounder in 2019 to acquire the talented receiver from the Raiders midway through the 2018 season. Last year, Cooper posted 79 receptions for a career-high in receiving yards (1,189), yards per catch (15.1), and touchdowns (8).
Gallup is already considered one of the brightest young receivers in football. Originally a third-round selection out of Colorado State by the Cowboys in the 2018 NFL Draft, the 24-year old more than doubled his production between his first and second seasons as a pro. In 2019, Gallup recorded 66 receptions for 1,107 yards and six scores.
The Cowboys were one of only five NFL teams to have two 1,000-yard wide receivers on their roster in 2019. But Dallas nearly had three wideouts to hit that milestone. Veteran wide receiver Randall Cobb, who left the Cowboys this offseason to join the Houston Texans in free agency, recorded 55 receptions for 828 yards and three touchdowns in 2019.
When you consider Lamb will be the most likely beneficiary of Cobb’s missing production this upcoming season, it’s easy to envision the rookie getting near the 1,000-yard milestone. And the fact longtime tight end Jason Witten is no longer in Dallas, a player who posted 63 catches for 529 yards and four scores last season, that absence could push Lamb’s production over the edge.
Quarterback Dak Prescott threw for a career-high 4,902 passing yards in 2019. And as a result, the Dallas Cowboys nearly had three wide receivers post over 1,000-yards each. With CeeDee Lamb now in the mix, Dallas could be one of the handful of teams in NFL history to field three 1,000-yard wide receivers in a single season.