2020 NFL Draft Scouting Report

CeeDee Lamb

May 20, 2019 2:00 AM EST

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School: Oklahoma

Height: 6'2"

Weight: 189

Eligibility: JR

Uniform: #2

Position: WR

Evaluated by: Austin Smith
May 20, 2019

Prospect Overview

Lamb will enter his third season in Norman as one of the more-productive playmakers in the country. After a freshman campaign that resulted in 46 catches for 807 yards and seven scores, Lamb hauled in 65 passes for 1,158 yards and 11 touchdowns as a true sophomore. He has also been a consistent big-play threat, averaging 17.5 and 17.8 yards per reception in each of his first two seasons. Lamb currently sits ninth in Sooners history with 18 receiving touchdowns, as well as tenth with 1,965 receiving yards. To put it simply, Lamb is putting up exceptional numbers at a college with quite a rich history. A big season could see him climb as high as second on both those lists, and he won't even turn 21 until next April.

With that being said, Lamb's stock is high. At around six feet, two inches tall, he has exceptional arm-length that combines with his explosive athleticism to make him one of the more complete receiver prospects we have seen in the last few years. He wins in a variety of ways, and unlike a lot of top-tier wide receiver prospects we have seen in recently, there is no route in the book that he can't execute. The big challenge for Lamb moving forward will be adapting to a new quarterback. Jalen Hurts is not the passer that Baker Mayfield or Kyler Murray was, and Oklahoma may have to adjust their offensive system to his strengths, similar to the way Alabama did two years ago. That change took a toll on Calvin Ridley's production, and that could be the case for Lamb, as well. Still, Lincoln Riley is one of the top offensive minds in the country, and Lamb is a bit more versatile than Ridley.

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Lamb displays the traits of a player that can be a number-one target, and it starts with his routes. He paces his routes to manipulate defenders and sinks his hips well in his breaks. Lamb moves effortlessly, and while he is a long-strider, he tends to accelerate well out of his breaks. Also, Lamb may be a bit on the slender side, but he plays stronger. Players don't have a lot of luck playing physical with him in coverage or hand fighting with him down the field. Lamb also has no problem taking his routes into traffic, where big hits don't seem to faze him. He is physical in every aspect a receiver needs to be, and if you need proof, look at the crack-back block he put on Roquan Smith, a former-first rounder.

Still, the trait that stands out to me most is his ability to finish. Lamb displays outstanding body control, and that coupled with his long arms make for an optimal catch-radius. He tracks the ball extremely well and extends his hands to the ball naturally, and the combination has made for some circus catches. Lamb also plays with superb focus. He had some drops as a freshman, but he appeared to take his focus to another level as a sophomore. Lamb also appears comfortable against press coverage. We don't see defenders step up and challenge him often, but Lamb is very good with his feet and accelerates well, which match up with what we see coming in and out of his breaks.

Areas for Improvement

I don't see a glaring hole to Lamb's game, but there are some areas in which he lacks consistency. For starters, his releases off the snap are all over the place. This is a player that often reveals the play call within his first two steps. When his responsibility is blocking the man over him, his release can look downright lazy, and there are snaps where he doesn't even get a hand on the defender. My biggest issue with it is that we see reps where he is a very competitive and effective blocker. It would be one thing if he were just a poor blocker, but in this case, its more of an effort issue. When asked to get to a safety or linebacker, he gets on his horse from the get-go. I'd like to see that more when he is asked to block corners. We also see some less-than-inspiring releases on passes. As I mentioned earlier, Lamb gets excellent releases when he is pressed, but when players are lined up off him, he tends to be more lackadaisical. This is a player with the ability to soak up a defender's cushion in a hurry, and consistently doing it may be the only thing holding him back from being a truly top-end route-runner.

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Draft Stock

Overall, there is nothing Lamb can't do as a receiver, and that is saying something. Bigger receivers tend to have issues getting separation out of their breaks or winning at the line of scrimmage, but not Lamb. Quicker receivers usually present smaller targets because of either their size or lack of body control. Still, Lamb has no issues in that department either. He is a player that a wide receiver coach can trust to not only run every route in the playbook but also have success running them. Lamb can have success in any coverage, at any point on the field, contested or otherwise. Lamb has everything a team could want in a number-one target, and because of that, his stock tops out in the first round should he declare after his junior year.

Still, the questions about Lamb's long speed and ability to elevate are what will make or break his candidacy for the top 10. I don't see Lamb eat up that cushion on a regular enough basis against free releases to tell me if he has 4.4 speed or is a mid-4.5 guy. I know he's not slow, but there just hasn't been a ton of instances where we could pinpoint his long speed as we had with his former-teammate Marquise Brown. With Brown gone, maybe we will see Lamb get used in space a little more, and it will show that his speed can cause as many problems as his other attributes. Running a forty won't tell me that as much as seeing him play in space and taking advantage of off coverage. That's where I want to see it. I also want to see him climb the ladder. Just watching him, you would assume Lamb can really get up there, but once again, we don't see it on the field. If he shows up that as a junior, I would have a hard time not giving him a top-10 grade.

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Player Comparison

I've put a player comparison on guys in the past but rarely does a guy ever solely remind me of another. Instead, we'll compare attributes, and one guy that Lamb has a lot in common with is Reggie Wayne. Wayne was not a big receiver at just over six feet, but his body control and long arms made him a much bigger target like Lamb. Wayne naturally plucked the ball out of the air away from his body and was an incredibly smooth route-runner that once again, reminds me of Lamb. Still, Lamb's big-play ability and strength despite his slender frame resemble a slightly-shorter version of A.J. Green. Both those players are lofty company to be mentioned in, but Lamb has that kind of upside mixed with production at a top-end program.

Games Watched

vs. Georgia (1-1-18)
vs. UCLA (9-8-18)
vs. Texas (10-6-18)
vs. Kansas State (10-27-18)
vs. Texas (12-01-18)
vs. Alabama (12-29-18)

Notes from Film

-Sinks hips well
-Extends hands to ball, natural pass catcher
-Good in traffic
-So-so effort as blocker, yet shows flashes of a competitive streak
-Smooth runner
-Not extremely explosive, long strider
-Inconsistent releases, tends to be more explosive when pressed, lackadaisical at times when not pressed
-Quick feet
-Little on thinner side but plays with surprising strength in route and with ball in hands
-Made some ridiculous one-handed grabs aided by body control
-Better at using body to shield off defenders on 50-50 balls than climbing the ladder
-Very good focus!! Can't say it enough
-Straight-line speed seems to be in the 4.45-4.55 range
-Good awareness to run hot route
-Manipulates defensive backs with the pace of routes on double moves
-Saw some important improvements in second year

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