Cream City Central 2020 NFL Prospects: Ceedee Lamb

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Our next prospect is Oklahoma wide receiver Ceedee Lamb. His performance the past few years could very well secure him as a first round draft pick in April. 

 

Strengths

Sam Dehring

As much as I think Jerry Jeudy is the most talented wide receiver in this draft, Ceedee Lamb is my favorite one.  He’s played for two former Heisman trophy winners in Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray. He has elite hands and is a powerhouse after the catch.  He has eclipsed 1,000 yards receiving the past two years as a Sooner.  

Like Jeudy, Lamb does not have the build NFL teams want in a receiver, but he will certainly make people overlook that by his mobility and quickness down the field.  Lamb is not really the whole package of a wide receiver that scouts hope for, but he has a ton of potential and plenty of room to grow into an elite NFL target.  

Josh Amacher

Ceedee Lamb has to be one of my favorite players in this year’s draft. He is fast, he has great hands, and I think he is ready to play at the next level. He has a tremendous ability to get to the football, including the ability to get past defenders, and really make that big play when his team needs it. 

Lamb just looks like an athlete, and he sure is. Any NFL team would be lucky to have him.

Christian John

Ceedee Lamb has been featured in one of the most explosive college offenses ever. Lamb can catch anything. He has exceptional hands and makes almost every contested catch. Lamb is also fantastic at tracking the football in the air. 

Lamb is not only great at catching the football in, he also excels after the catch. Ceedee can turn anything into a big play. He can shake guys with his quickness. He can also break arm tackles with his strength.

Greg Williams

CeeDee Lamb is almost on the level of Jerry Jeudy. Lamb can easily be a number one receiver in the NFL and in a pass-driven league, there’s plenty of teams that could use the play making ability in Lamb. The Oklahoma Sooner has great hands, runs solid routes and makes big plays. 

The body control on some ridiculous catches are great and the way Lamb adjusts on haul in the reception screams similarities to Odell Beckham and DeAndre Hopkins. Yards after the catch is important to Lamb’s game as well. Lamb is very dangerous with the ball in his hands with his exclusiveness and physicality. 

Quin Voet

Lamb is arguably the most elite receiver in this year’s draft and NFL ready. Unlike Juedy who suffered from a crowded receiver corps, injury at the QB position and a slower-paced SEC, Lamb had incredible stats this year that  were slightly better than last year. Over the last two seasons Lamb had a combined 2,363 yards and 25 tds. Even though Kyler Murray and Jalen Hurts were his QBs in the BIG 12, those numbers are still impressive. 

Physically, he does a great job using his frame to catch the ball and evade defenders. As far as hands, catching in traffic and getting separation on the release, Lamb is arguably the best we’ve seen in years. On the sideline he does an incredible job making spectacular catches while staying inbounds and keeping the ball away from the defender. Once he has the ball he does a great job of lowering his body and shoulders to evade tackles. 

Kyle Hoffenbecker

Lamb is my personal favorite wide receiver in this loaded class of wide receivers. His ball skills are phenomenal, has above average speed, is sure handed, and can block. He is probably the most complete wide receiver prospect in the draft. 

 

Weaknesses

Sam Dehring

Ceedee Lamb has good speed, but it is not great.  This might make it tough for him to get past elite defenders like Richard Sherman or Stephon Gilmore.  His route running is impressive, but it is not elite. I would not say these are major issues, as Lamb has time to flourish into an elite receiver.  

Josh Amacher

Aside from Lamb’s lack of NFL-Caliber competition, his route running abilities aren’t top notch. Then again, neither is any college receiver. The best of the best in the NFL take route running to the next level. If Lamb is going to be elite at the next level, that is something that he will have to grab hold of and work on.

Christian John

Lamb lacks elite speed. Lamb is fast, however, he doesn’t have the speed of someone like Jerry Jeudy. His ability to make contested catches helps this problem. It would still be nice to see him find a little extra and be able to create separation. He will also need to expand on his route running. He has not had to run a wide route tree at OU, but in the NFL he will be asked to add onto his tree.

Greg Williams

Well, Lamb does play in a conference (Big 12), where it isn’t known for defense. It’s easy to run all over defenses and pick them apart, but even when facing above average defenses, Lamb has looked good. Should be interesting to see how he plays against LSU. Also, Lamb isn’t known for his speed. On the bright side to that, Lamb does make up for the lack of speed with his ability to create separation on his route running. 

Quin Voet

Lamb is almost a complete package at WR but the only thing he really lacks is speed. He’s fast but he doesn’t have elite top-level speed like Jeudy which could give him slight problems breaking away in the open field. Even with his lack of speed, Lamb does a great job evading defenders through other ways to get away into the openfield. As a route runner he does have room to grow as route-trees at Oklahoma have been pretty simple, but that isn’t as penalizing for him as a prospect.

Kyle Hoffenbecker

During his time at Oklahoma, Lamb caught balls from some of the best quarterbacks in the country; Baker Mayfield, Kyler Murray and Jalen Hurts. When he comes into the NFL, there’s a good chance he has to catch balls from a quarterback who doesn’t have as much talent as his college QBs. It will be interesting to see if Lamb can adapt to the talent level of his potential NFL teammates. 

Lamb may have a tough time separating from the NFLs best DB’s. He has speed but it’s limited at times. In addition, his route tree was basic at Oklahoma. It will be interesting to see if Lamb is able to cause separation and learn more routes for a more diverse route tree.

 

Draft Projection: Where will the star Oklahoma wide receiver land in the 2020 NFL Draft?  

Sam Dehring

Ceedee Lamb is first round talent no doubt.  The eliteness of his speed and route running will come with time.  I do not see those issues affecting his draft stock a whole lot, as both traits are impressive, but something to work on.  I see Lamb being a top 15-20 pick, most likely being the second receiver taken after Jerry Jeudy. The Raiders would be a great fit for Lamb, who currently hold the 13th and 17th pick.  The Raiders’ number one receiver is Tyrell Williams. Derek Carr needs more weapons around him and Lamb would be an instant playmaker for that offense.  

Josh Amacher

Lamb is pure first round talent. I don’t see him getting past the first day of the draft. Where I see him going is another question. I would say he is a top-20 pick, but the fact that this class is deep in running backs and specialists speaks to uncertainty. Only time will tell. 

Christian John

Ceedee Lamb is a top-15 pick. Every team could use a receiver like Lamb. Teams will take advantage of his ability to simply go get the football. The Colts could benefit from a receiver like Lamb. They lack a guy who can make plays like Lamb. He would also improve any team in the red zone immediately. 

Greg Williams

Lamb should get drafted in the first round, but after Jerry Jeudy. Some have Lamb going in the top ten, but realistically I see him going about 10-15. Many teams are going to be interested in upgrading their weapons for their quarterback, and Lamb is a  perfect guy to do just that with the talent and skill set he can bring to the field every week. 

Quin Voet

Depending on who you ask many argue Lamb is a better prospect than Jeudy. I think Jeudy is a little better but Lamb still has a great chance to be selected in the top ten. The WRs this year are super deep at the top level and a lot of teams need their elite receiver. Expect him to go to a team needing a receiver after whoever selects Jeudy. This could very well be the Cardinals or Jets in the 6-8 area. If Washington sees something in him and they pass on Jeudy or he goes before, Lamb could go as high as fourth. 

Kyle Hoffenbecker

Lamb will no doubt be a first round pick. He’s at the top of the pack, or close to it, in this wide receiver class. You can never have too many weapons in your offense, and because of that, Lamb will likely go in the top 10 to a team that is in need of another threat on offense.  

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