What We Saw: Round 1 of the NFL Draft
CeeDee Lamb, WR, Cowboys
On measurables alone, CeeDee Lamb isn’t the most enticing option at wide receiver. He certainly isn’t the biggest or fastest guy in this class. What he is, however, is polished. He is a precise route runner, a skilled pass catcher, and an excellent runner both with and without the ball. He should make a quick transition to the league, and Dallas will provide a relatively low-stress landing spot with two established receivers ahead of him. Even with this obstacle, I could see him becoming the team’s WR2 before the year is over.
Lamb and the other receivers in this class are a tricky proposition for me. I am nervous to spend big capital on a group of rookie receivers in a likely shortened offseason. Wide receiver is already a tough transition in a normal situation, and fewer practices don’t make me optimistic. Lamb is also fighting for touches with Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, and Ezekiel Elliott. He should be considered a WR3-4 unless the situation changes (if Gallup is moved). Still, I think this is a good fit for long term success. Lamb should be a good investment in dynasty leagues and could show as soon as this coming season.
Effect On New Team
Overall, Dallas fans should be thrilled. There is another weapon for Dak, and this creates all the more separation between the Cowboys offense and those from the rest of the NFC East. Elliott seems like he will be unchanged. If he starts seeing fewer carries, I imagine greater efficiency from him because I still believe in his talent. For Cooper, this should again mean minimal change. Cooper was recently signed to a huge deal and he’s not going anywhere. Gallup becomes the wild card. It certainly hurts his stock, but I’m willing to buy in at a discounted price. Just beware that Gallup could be on the move.