Dallas Cowboys fans will love watching wide receiver CeeDee Lamb go deep.
Lamb had back-to-back 1,000-yard receiving seasons for the Oklahoma Sooners in 2018 and 2019. Whether it was Kyler Murray spiraling him the pigskin in his sophomore year or Jalen Hurts rifling him the football in his junior season, Lamb emerged as one of the preeminent receivers in all of college football. It’s why the nearby Cowboys took him No. 17 overall in the 2020 NFL Draft.
While we know he’ll look good in the iconic No. 88 home white Cowboys jersey, it is debatable if his skill set will translate to the NFL. It was a loaded wide receiver draft, but Lamb had serious boom-or-bust potential coming out of Oklahoma. The Big 12 is a bit of a pillow fight conference defensively after all. However, this stat from PFF College could change your mind on Lamb.
Dak Prescott, Mike McCarthy will love CeeDee Lamb’s deep ball skills.
PFF pointed out that during Lamb’s three years at OU, he never dropped one deep ball on 58 targets of more than 20 yards downfield. Keep in mind he accomplished with three different Heisman Trophy finalists throwing him the football. Baker Mayfield was his quarterback as a freshman with Murray and Hurts serving as the Oklahoma starter in his final two years there.
As for his new head coach Mike McCarthy and his new starting quarterback Dak Prescott, they have to be ecstatic about getting an incredible vertical threat in Lamb as their No. 2 receiver. Yes, that is exactly what Lamb will be as a rookie, as the Cowboys overpaid Amari Cooper to be their No. 1 when we’re not exactly sure he’s a top-10 receiver in football. Also, he loves to drop the ball.
Guess what? That won’t be an issue for Lamb on deep passing patterns. If he runs the correct route and Prescott is able to get it in his vicinity, it doesn’t sound like Lamb will come up empty-handed. Sure, the NFL will provide Lamb with a higher class of defensive backs to compete with than he ever has before. It’s a step up from the TCU Horned Frogs secondary, that’s for sure.
With a promising receiver who can go long and come up with it in Lamb, Dallas wins big here.