With the 17th pick in the draft, the Cowboys selected CeeDee Lamb, wide receiver out of Oklahoma. After all the talk (including my previous article) of a defensive player, months of arguing over cornerbacks and safeties and defensive ends…the Cowboys picked an offensive player. But who could blame them? Certainly, no one thought that Lamb would still be on the board all the way down at 17. He was frequently mocked to the Cardinals at 8, Raiders at 12, 49ers at 13, Broncos at 15, and even to the rival Eagles in trade up scenarios. But the surprise selections of Kinlaw by the 49ers and A.J Terrell by the Falcons pushed Lamb right into the Cowboys’ lap. Let’s review the Dallas Cowboys’ first round pick.
What He Adds:
CeeDee Lamb immediately elevates the Cowboys’ offense to a new level. At 6’2 and 200 pounds, he has the size to play outside, and the quickness to play out of the slot as well. He also has good but not great speed, clocking in at 4.50 for the 40-yard dash. In 2019 at Oklahoma, he recorded 62 catches for 1,327 yards and 14 touchdowns in 13 starts. He has all of the physical traits and production that you want out of a top Wide Receiver prospect.
Lamb has sky high potential in the NFL. He has the body control to make catches against tight coverage. He’s also an explosive playmaker at all levels of the field. He can break tackles to turn a screen into a huge gain and beat receivers over the top. Lamb averaged a ridiculous 21.4 yards per catch, leading all of college football. On tape, he shows the ability to get open in multiple ways, and cuts in and out of his breaks as well as any receiver in the draft.
While his route running is already good, he needs to work on his technique to consistently win at the NFL level. But the Cowboys will be able to use Lamb’s talents right from the start. He can line up outside and in the slot, just like the Cowboys’ other two stud receivers Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup. The three versatile receivers will allow Dallas to line up their offense in many varied formations, catching their opponents off guard. This selection makes the Cowboys’ receiving corps one of the best in the league. Dak Prescott, and the rest of the Cowboys, should be excited by their offensive unit in 2020.
Pick Grade: A
The Dallas Cowboys’ first round pick muddies the fantasy waters. Cooper owners can probably expect more of the same. However, Gallup owners might be sweating a bit. Lamb has the talent to potentially take the number two spot from Gallup by the end of the season. Zeke owners might need to be nervous too. Lamb’s selection and Mike McCarthy’s history with running backs could signal a decline in Elliot’s production. Dak Prescott owners should be extremely happy, as a quarterback who threw for almost 4,900 yards last season just got another weapon to use.