2020 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Oklahoma WR CeeDee Lamb

HEIGHT: 6-2 / WEIGHT: 198 / COLLEGE: Oklahoma / CLASS: Junior

2019 STATS (13 GAMES): 62 rec, 1,327 yards, 21.4 YPC, 14 touchdowns

CAREER STATS (40 GAMES): 173 rec, 3,292 yards, 19 YPC, 32 touchdowns

GAMES WATCHED (9): Texas, LSU, Kansas State, Houston, Iowa State, Baylor, Texas Tech (2019); Alabama, UCLA (2018)

40 BENCH VERT BROAD 3 CONE 20S 60S
4.50 11 34.5″ 124″

SIZE/PHYSICAL TRAITS (4/5)

  • Good height for a wide receiver
  • Average arm length at 32 1/4″
  • Has a sizable catch radius thanks to springy leaping ability and insane body control

SPEED/BURST (8.5/10)

  • Good short-area burst and top-end speed
  • Doesn’t have an elite second gear, but he’s fast enough to threaten defenses vertically

AGILITY (10/10)

  • Excellent change-of-direction ability
  • Very quick feet
  • Silky smooth with movements in all directions

ROUTE RUNNING/SEPARATION (18/20)

  • Three-level receiving threat with a fairly diverse route tree
  • Has experience at all three wide receiver alignments
  • Uses change of speeds to keep cornerbacks guessing and lulls them into a false sense of security with great effectiveness
  • Terrific suddenness in and out of breaks
  • Combats press coverage with a variety of release plans
  • Generally releases from the line of scrimmage with urgency and good attention to detail, although he can occasionally be a tad inefficient with his footwork
  • Great at creating separation at the top of his routes with sudden route breaks and subtle hand fighting

RUN AFTER CATCH (10/10)

  • Consistently turns short gains into medium or long gains
  • Very slippery runner in the open field
  • Impressive contact balance — frequently shrugs off arm tackles and picks up yards after contact

HANDS/BALL SKILLS (19/20)

  • Very natural and reliable hands — catches ball with arms extended, almost never body catches and rarely drops an accurate pass
  • Fantastic ball skills — wins contested catches with regularity, hauls in tipped balls and hangs on consistently after immediate contact
  • Has spectacular catch ability in spades

BODY CONTROL (10/10)

  • Extraordinary body control enables him to make some absurd sideline catches
  • Adjusts to off-target passes easily and regularly makes catches away from his frame/at the outer limits of his catch radius
  • Excellent stop-start ability

BEAT PRESS (8/10)

  • Ability to beat press coverage is a little bit of a projection because he played a good number of snaps from the slot during his career at Oklahoma and he rarely saw true press coverage in the zone-heavy Pac-12; however, he has the traits to excel in this area and his 2019 LSU and 2018 Alabama games showed that he has the ability to do it
  • Elite foot quickness and physicality give him great potential in this area

FEEL (5/5)

  • Tracks the ball effortlessly on downfield throws
  • Works back to the quarterback on broken plays consistently
  • Finds soft spots in zone coverage and demonstrates a good feel for where and when to “sit”

OVERALL GRADE: 92.50/100.00 — ELITE — Perennial Pro Bowler with All-Pro potential

NFL COMPARISON: DeAndre Hopkins

SCHEME FIT: X Receiver; can also play Y or Z

DRAFT PROJECTION: Top-15 pick

CeeDee Lamb is one of the most complete wide receiver prospects I’ve ever seen. He’s a crisp route runner, he’s got fantastic ball skills, and he’s tremendous as a run-after-catch threat. His ability to beat press coverage is a little bit of a projection, and he doesn’t have elite top-end speed, but he’s very good or great at everything else. The former Sooner projects as an instant-impact starter in the NFL with the potential to become a top-5 receiver by Year 3.

 

 

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