Baker Mayfield explains what makes CeeDee Lamb so special

Dec 28, 2019; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Oklahoma Sooners wide receiver CeeDee Lamb (2) catches a pass against LSU Tigers safety JaCoby Stevens (3) during the first quarter of the 2019 Peach Bowl college football playoff semifinal game. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Oklahoma wide receiver CeeDee Lamb is one of the premier talents in the 2020 NFL Draft and should be the first pass-catcher selected this April. An ideal landing spot for Lamb would be the Arizona Cardinals at No. 8 overall where he can reunite with his former Sooners teammate, Kyler Murray.

Before Murray was tossing touchdowns to Lamb, it was Baker Mayfield, who went on to be the No. 1 overall pick to the Cleveland Browns in 2018. Lamb had 807 yards and seven touchdowns during his one season on campus with Mayfield (2017) and left a lasting impression on the Browns’ signal-caller.

“I remember watching him highpoint the ball during a 7-on-7 practice in the summer (of 2017),” Mayfield told NFL Network’s Kimberly Jones. “And after that, I told Lincoln (Riley) that he has something rare; the ability to track the ball and attack it is something special.

“Then (later that season), he made a huge play in the Rose Bowl when we were making a comeback. He ran an in-and-up and it wasn’t the best pass. He jumped over the guy and made a crucial competitive catch in the fourth quarter of the Rose Bowl.”

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Lamb’s body control and my-ball mentality is part of what makes him such a special prospect. He’s the type of receiver who’s always open because of how large his catch radius is and how competitive he is at the catch point. He’s an elite route-runner, too, which makes him an easy projection for the next level.

Lamb checked all of the necessary boxes at the 2020 NFL Combine. He ran 4.5 40-yard dash, lept 34.5 inches in the vertical jump and recorded a 10’4″ broad jump. Bottom line? He’s plenty fast and explosive enough to profile as a go-to-guy in the pros.

The 2020 NFL Draft is overflowing with talent at wide receiver and as many as three could be drafted in the first 12 picks. Lamb is at the head of the class and will be a big-time weapon from Day 1 of his NFL career.

Bryan Perez

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