Following the Rookies: NFC East Dallas Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys were very lucky to see CeeDee Lamb, wide receiver out of Oklahoma, slid to them with the 17th pick in the 1st round. He added to an already loaded offense led by Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliot, Amari Cooper, and Michael Gallup. It may not have been a need to the Cowboys but Lamb was simply too talented to pass upon. Many people believed that Lamb was the best receiver in this loaded receiver class and somehow he fell to 17th for the Cowboys.
Lamb has played in all 11 games, starting in 9 of them, and has shown why he was worth more than the 17th pick in the 1st round. Bringing in 53 receptions on 81 targets for 650 yards and 4 touchdowns with 7 rushes for 45 yards. Had Dak Prescott not been injured in week 5 Lambs numbers would be even better as the quarterback play since Prescott's injury has not been good. During the draft process, some people compared Lamb to DeAndre Hopkins of the Arizona Cardinals. This is a really good comparison for how Lamb plays. He has elite hands, ball skills, and body control to make ridiculous catches like the one against the Minnesota Vikings on a goal-line fade. His play strength at the line of scrimmage to beat press is very good as well as his physicality throughout the route. His agility and acceleration are good to be able to beat defenders throughout the route but his straight-line speed is not elite, to create separation consistently on deep routes. CeeDee is best at making contested catches, turning 50/50 balls into 70/30 balls in his favor, and he is elite with the ball in his hands as he can make defenders miss, and his contact balance is very good as he is a tough runner. The Cowboys offense is in really good hands with some of the talents they have at skill positions and need to improve on the other side of the ball if they have any hopes of being a Super Bowl contender in the future.
CeeDee should do nothing but improve, especially when Dak is able to get healthy again. Hopefully, he can get back to where he was playing before he got hurt. The one area where I would like to CeeDee improve most is in his route running technique. Now that he has a good amount of experience going up against NFL corners he needs to master his route running technique and he could easily become one of the best receivers in the NFL.