After three productive seasons at Oklahoma, CeeDee Lamb is expected to be a first-round pick in the upcoming 2020 NFL Draft. An explosive playmaker who averaged 19 yards per catch over three seasons and recorded 32 TD catches, Lamb has the potential to be a No. 1 receiver on the next level as well so he shouldn't have to wait too long until his name called when the draft commences on April 23.
CeeDee Lamb Draft Profile
Lamb is wiry-strong and an acrobat downfield, the best contested-catch receiver in college football last season. He has long limbs, strong hands, and is exceptional tracking the ball downfield. He’s strong throughout his hips and core, allowing him to outmuscle defensive backs without having to get overly aggressive with hand-fighting. He consistently wins by high-pointing the ball. He shows explosive athleticism when attacking the ball, with strong hands and sense of timing to dominate at the catch point, where he shrugs off contact and makes play after play. His catch radius is enormous, and his footwork on the sideline is exceptional — he thrives on back-shoulder throws. His long speed is good, and he has some run-after-catch ability when used on in-breaking routes, with the strength to break tackles and become a handful with the ball in his hands. He’s one of the best perimeter blockers in this class, a boost for the run game, and he seeks out defenders downfield.
He doesn’t create a ton of separation, as he doesn’t have the kind of stop-start ability or suddenness to leave defenders behind; he’ll have to be paired with a quarterback who trusts him in those contested-catch scenarios. He can get caught up at the line of scrimmage, where a lack of suddenness can do him in against bigger defensive backs willing to press him. He isn’t slow, but his speed is of the build-up variety.
Contested-catch artists aren’t for everyone, but Lamb has the potential to be a great one at the next level. He has enough speed to play outside, where he’s a big-play acrobat downfield, as well as get some snaps as a big slot. With a little more polish to his route running, he’s a potential No. 1 receiver.
Final Grade: 1st round