Oklahoma WR CeeDee Lamb Picked by Broncos in SI's Latest Mock

Chad Jensen

Of the 'Blue-Chip 3' wide receivers in the 2020 NFL Draft class, Oklahoma's CeeDee Lamb has been the one the least-mocked to the Denver Broncos. And yet, Lamb is viewed by many leading draftniks as the top wideout in this class. 

In his latest first-round mock draft, Sports Illustrated's Jaime Eisner selected Lamb for the Broncos at pick 15 overall. 

15. Denver Broncos: CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma

The Broncos have to be thrilled to have Lamb, who most regard as the No. 2 WR in this class, fall to them here. Drew Lock had a very promising finish to the season, but will need another weapon aside from Courtland Sutton at wide receiver to take the next step in his development. Lamb isn't a burner, but does everything else well.

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Honestly, who the top wideout is in this class depends entirely on who you ask. I'm dubious that there is a consensus WR1. 

However, Lamb has a strong claim if there is one. Compared to DeAndre Hopkins, who was recently traded to the Arizona Cardinals, Lamb is an extremely smooth athlete with phenomenal body control. He is a complete receiver. 

At 6-foot-2, 198 pounds, he's got enough length and size to contend on the boundary and at the catch-point. And though he's not the fastest wideout in this class, his 4.5 speed is more than enough to get by at the next level 

Lamb eclipsed 60-plus receptions in each of his last two seasons with the Sooners, posting receiving totals of 1,158 yards and 1,327, respectively. He hauled in a whopping 25 touchdowns just in the last two years alone. 

In 2019, Lamb averaged an eye-popping 21.4 yards per reception and never averaged lower than 17.5 YPC in his three seasons at Oklahoma. He's a dynamic receiver and as a potential complement to Courtland Sutton, Lamb might not have the same speed or twitchiness, but he would give Sutton a run for his money as the team's WR1. 

I shudder to think the kind of damage Drew Lock could do throwing the likes of Lamb, Sutton and TE Noah Fant. But it's exactly those type of football visions dancing in the heads of GM John Elway and the Broncos' brass. Build that nest. 

Fans won't have to wait too much longer to see whom the Broncos actually pick in the draft. The draft kicks off on April 23, which is less than three weeks from now.  

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Comments (23)
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CUBuffinTX
CUBuffinTX

I personally think CeeDee is the best WR in this draft. That is why I really doubt he is there at pick #15

Chilly303
Chilly303

Interesting to note a few years ago Sutton ran a 4.54 in the 40 before the draft. Four other receivers drafted that year are Calvin Ridley, who ran a 4.43, Christian Kirk, with a 4.46, DJ Moore with a 4.42 and DJ Chark with a 4.34. Ridley and Kirk finished last season with 866 yards and 709, respectively, with averages of 13.7 ypc for Ridley and 10.4 for Kirk. Sutton, Moore and Chark all finished with over 1,000 yards. Moore with a 13.5 ypc average and Chark at 13.8. Then there's Sutton, with a 15.4 ypc average. His longest reception was better than the rest, at 70 yards, a yard further than the longest by Kirk and Chark. The slowest of the group.... and it's not even close who moves the ball furthest downfield, despite pre-Lock poor QB play and defenses keying on him. Outstanding! This year, the top receivers all ran a 40 faster than Sutton, except Shenault at 4.58..... with his injured groin at that. Is the big play, moving it downfield in chunks, limited to guys who are burners? Not at all. Lamb tested out in the low 4.4 range, faster than Sutton. He won't last to #15. I don't think Jeudy or Ruggs will either.

It's not as simple as pure speed with no pads on. The top 10 receivers all have enough speed. Who gets off the line well, even fighting through physical corners? Who has the catch radius, and the hands... not the guy who resorts to catching with the body? Who is hard to tackle and bring down after the catch? Who makes things happen after the catch, even if it's a 10 yard slant? Give me that receiver early. Give me two of them, with Sutton and Fant. The offense would very likely dramatically improve. And if it results in long drives instead of a big play once in awhile, all the better. Keep the defense fresh and keep the top offenses of opponents sitting on the bench.

Jefffrey55
Jefffrey55

Trading back to Eagles for another Two. Get Austin Jackson. Trade up to Saints pick with extra 2nd plus one 3rd and one 5th. Get Mims. In the second I like Arnette. 3rd I like Edwards or Hamler. Add Veteran at waiver. Should be some with all these Hall of Fame receivers coming out. Speed would be nice and maybe we can find a 10" hand 4.37 sleeper in round four or six. I think four could go to Logan Wy LB. Jackson and Mims with a second round pick. That's my plan.

BeGoodBroncos
BeGoodBroncos

It seems to me if Broncos move up 49ers be our best bet. It's only two spots, but seems as if one of the "Big 3" should be available there.

SF is light on picks and the Duke and Lynch are buddies. They've done business before. SF desperately needs picks.

Would one of our threes get it done ? It's only two spots and outside the top 10.

Thoughts ?

Lobo2408
Lobo2408

I think broncos trade back To 21 and take LB Queen and take a wideout in round 2 still don’t believe lamb,Judy or Ruggs will be there at 15.. and in round 2 they take Claypool from ND that’s what I think and with multiple picks in the 3rd round they find there speedy slot Wr..

ac64
ac64

Broncos need a Stud Tackle..maybe 2...a receiver can be had in the later rounds or FA after the draft..

Broncos2015
Broncos2015

If teams value speed more then Ruggs would probably go first. I still think the Broncos should pick a different position at 15.

Jimrichard
Jimrichard

Just looking at the highlights Lamb doesn't seem near as fast as ruggs or Juedy and seems more like a slot guy. If he is the only one of the top 3 left at 15 I think the Broncos might trade back or take BPA and get the WR later. They are truly going for speed this time from everything I hear.

AtwaterHOF
AtwaterHOF

Jeudy would be my pick

toddx7
toddx7

Hi just completed my mock draft on Draft Network. Ruggs was off the board already.

  1. Javon Kinlaw DT 2. Austin Jackson OT 3. (1)Terrell Burgess S (2) Cameron Dantzler CB (3) KJ HIll WR 4. Leki Fotu DT Pick 178 Binjimen Victor WR Pick 181 Justin Herron OT Pick 252 Jordan Fuller S Pick 254 Chris Williamson CB
broncBUFF
broncBUFF

Lamb and Ruggs III are studs. Jeudy I'm just not sure about. However, if all three are off the board, a defensive lineman shouldn't even be a part of the conversation.


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