CeeDee Lamb is one of two wide receivers that will most likely be battling for the position of first receiver drafted in April’s NFL Draft. After three years of extraordinary production at the offensive powerhouse that is the University of Oklahoma, Lamb will have a chance to sniff top-10 draft equity and perhaps make a strong impact early on in his career.
Athletic Ability – 8.4/10
At 6’3″ and 195 lbs, Lamb showed great athletic ability and displayed a fairly complete profile. He is strong enough to break tackles (more on that later), but is also slippery enough to avoid defenders in the open field. Lamb not only showed the ability to go up and make contested catches, but he also possesses the speed to break away from defenders with ease. A perfect example is his run and catch against Texas this past season, as he avoided the five tacklers that had a shot to bring him down, ultimately ending that play in the endzone.
Toughness – 7.4/10
As mentioned above, Lamb was a tough guy to bring down with the ball in his hands. He has the ability to use his strength and his agility to stay upright. The biggest question mark may be his run blocking ability, or better yet, his willingness. A few of our rookie evaluators felt that Lamb shied away from really engaging the defenders when asked to run block, but that opportunity area should not be something that holds him back from being a highly productive wide receiver.
Hands – 8.4/10
CeeDee may have the best hands in the draft, and the film supports this claim. There were very few drops on tape, but rather far more examples of him using his hands to snatch away contested catches, as well as making the ‘simple’ catches time and again.
Yards After Catch – 8.3/10
In yet another area where Lamb excels, you consistently will see him making something out of nothing. Whether it be a slant or a go route, CeeDee uses his speed and athleticism to make the ordinary, extraordinary. The speed, toughness, and agility mentioned earlier all contribute to his ability to make the most out of each catch. Lamb will certainly be a weapon at the next level with this big play ability.
Route Running – 7.8/10
There was a bit of variance in this area among our evaluators, with scores ranging from 7 – 9 in rating Lamb’s route running. On one hand, he shows great fluidity and sharp breaks out of his routes. However, there were times he was bumped off of his route a little easier than you would like to see, so that is an area that CeeDee will want to improve in at the NFL level to become truly elite.