CeeDee Lamb Player Profile
In one of the deeper wide receiver classes we’ve seen in the last few years, CeeDee Lamb is arguably the top dog. The Oklahoma product exploded onto the scene in 2019, garnering first-team AP All-American, Biletnikoff Award finalist, and first-team All-Big 12 honors. Can this success translate to the next level? Let’s take a deeper look.
Deandre Hopkins v CeeDee Lamb
Height) 6’1” 6’2”
Weight) 212 lbs 198 lbs
Hands) 10” 9 ¼”
Arms) 33 ⅜” 32 ¼”
Vertical) 36” 34 ½”
40 Yard Dash) 4.57 4.50
Talent: Mid-First Round
1) Route Running
Perhaps the most foolproof predictor of success at the next level, CeeDee Lamb has the footwork of a ballerina. He also uses his hips extremely well to create separation, especially at his size. He’s got moves like a 10-year veteran, and I’m expecting him to dominate intermediate to deep routes from the get-go.
CeeDee Lamb’s tracking on deep balls is unreal. Of all Division 1 receivers to have at least 40 receptions last year, he led the FBS with an absurd 21.4 YPR. From over-the-shoulder catches, to tracking balls across the field, to high pointing the ball, Lamb has a unique skill set. At 6’2”, with his ability to play the ball, there’s a real possibility he’ll be plugged in as the X Receiver from day one, no matter the landing spot.
3) Scheme Flexibility
In his three years at Oklahoma, Lamb played with three different, albeit all elite, styles of quarterback. As a true freshman, Lamb had a solid 46/807/7 season with a pocket passer in Baker Mayfield. As a sophomore, 65/1158/11 with a scrambler in Kyler Murray. And as a junior, CeeDee set the world on fire with Jalen Hurts, putting up a spectacular 62/1327/14. With his ability to play with any style of quarterback, he potentially has the highest floor of any receiver in this class prior to draft day. His incredibly high Football IQ also plays into this, as CeeDee is tremendous when it comes to finding the open space in zones, as well as following the quarterback during scramble drills.
It’s hard to find weaknesses in CeeDee’s game, and this is nitpicking, but like all college receivers not named DK Metcalf or AJ Brown, CeeDee needs to put on some muscle if he wants to truly dominate at the next level. That’s about it. He’s even a tremendous blocker, meaning he won’t ever have to come off the field, a rare trait for a rookie.
1) Arizona Cardinals
Arizona is in need of a true #1 receiver, and CeeDee can be exactly that. Not only does he fit their run and gun scheme, but reuniting the Murray-to-Lamb connection would be absolutely electric at the next level.
2) New York Jets
Similar to Arizona, the Jets have a lot of foundational pieces, but still lack a true #1 guy. Drafting Lamb at 11 would not only give Sam Darnold another weapon but would also spread the field for guys like Le’veon Bell and Chris Herndon. He’d be a great fit here.
3) Oakland Raiders
Oakland is in a weird place as a franchise. While they’re unsure about the future of Derek Carr, it wouldn’t exactly be fair to make a decision without giving him a receiver to throw to. Last year, Oakland was 31st in the league in targets to the wide receiver position, at only 193 attempts, or 43% of their passing attempts. Drafting Lamb at 19 (if he falls that far) would not only be a steal, it would let them see exactly what Derek Carr is made of.