Updated: Oct 4, 2020
With the 17th Pick in the 2020 NFL Draft the Dallas Cowboys took Oklahoma WR CeeDee Lamb. Somehow the league let the best WR in the draft fall 17 spots right into the hands of Dak Prescott and new Head Coach Mike McCarthy. With Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup on either side and Ezekiel Elliott in the backfield I couldn’t think of a better situation for the rookie to land and set the league on fire.
Mike McCarthy has played his cards extremely close to his chest this offseason. Going as far as taking all the numbers and names off of the jerseys during training camp to keep teams from seeing their plays and such. But, everything coming out of training camp about CeeDee Lamb says that he is absolutely lighting it up. So much so that McCarthy gave CeeDee a veteran type day off during camp, not something you see often for a rookie. All of this to say that right out of the gate CeeDee is prime and ready to play a vital role in this offense in the slot position. His speed and open field running makes him perfect for underneath routes and taking the top off and that will only be amplified the first few weeks of the season due to Coach McCarthy’s decision to be so private with their camp.
Starting with week 1 against the LA Rams CeeDee is projected to be matched up with Darious Williams. A relative unknown and a guy with not a lot of starting experience in the league. A perfect starting point for CeeDee to make some big plays and take advantage of Williams’s inexperience to build some confidence that can be carried over into week 2 VS the Falcons. A team that is struggling with CB’s especially after the departure of veteran Desmond Trufant. His likely matchups will be with veteran Darqueze Dennard and Kendall Sheffield who is entering his sophomore season. Two guys Lamb is more than capable of competing with and winning against. These two games will serve as great confidence builders for Lamb as he heads into the later parts of the season where he will be facing guys that are a little tougher like Quinton Dunbar.
But if you look at the Cowboy’s schedule and you look at almost every teams depth at corner it’s not deep at all. Weeks 6, 10, and 13 along with every single divisional game are going to be weeks where Lamb can come in and feast. The best corner in the division without a doubt is Darius Slay for Philly. The 2nd best is Logan Ryan, not even a top 10 CB in the league. There are plenty of depleted secondaries for Lamb to torch this season. With Amari Cooper garnering double coverage and Gallup being even better and more experienced CeeDee has every chance in the world in this offense to perform at an elite level. And with QB Dak Prescott on the franchise tag he’s bound for an MVP type year. Everything is lined up for Cedarian Lamb to go out and ball this season and with that ROTY.
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