Injury History: Injured Shoulder Against Iowa State (2018)
Games Evaluated: 2019 Vs: Texas, Houston, Baylor (Big 12 Championship)
Report By: Ryan Lippert
Deep Speed: 7.00
Lamb shows his athleticism the most in the open field after the catch. He has the ability to make quick cuts in the open field to change direction and make defenders miss. He also has the explosiveness to run through arm tackles as well as go up for jump balls, where he also shows off his flexibility in catching passes at their highest point. As far as deep speed goes, Lamb doesn't have the elite deep speed to be considered a burner but has enough to pose a threat in the deep passing game.
WITHOUT BALL: 6.94
Quicks off LOS: 7.00
Release Vs Jam: 6.30
Route Running: 7.80
As a route runner, Lamb isn't as quick off the ball at the beginning of his routes but makes up for it once he gets into his routes. He shows a great ability to change speeds during his routes to create separation from defenders. While he does a good job of creating separation in the middle of his routes, his lack of true elite deep speed can still make it hard for him to create separation at times on fade routes. He also has the quickness to make nice, sharp cuts in his routes. He wasn't jammed off the LOS much in college so he will have to show that he has the ability to work through press coverage. He also has room to grow as a blocker as he seems to get lazy and not finish blocks at times.
WITH BALL IN HANDS: 9.08
Yards After Contact: 9.50
Ability In Space: 9.50
Ball Security: 8.50
Lamb is truly electric in the open field and thrives with the ball in his hands. He looks the ball in and catches it with his hands while also showing that he has the catch radius to go up and win contested jump balls at their highest point. He is extremely dangerous after the catch as he has shown an elite ability to make defenders miss in the open field to turn short passes into long gains and touchdowns. Lamb also has good ball security as he only had three fumbles while at Oklahoma.
As a competitor, Lamb's production speaks for itself as he finished his career with two consecutive 1,000-yard seasons. He showed very good toughness as he wasn't afraid to make catches in traffic and showed the ability to run through defenders in the open field. As far as his effort goes, He plays with a high motor but did show the tendency to get lazy on some plays when the ball wasn't in his hands. However, that didn't hurt him too much as he still put up consistent numbers and helped his team win games.
Position Versatility: 8.30
Lamb showed solid instincts, especially in jump ball situations. He showed that he knows when to turn his body and look for the ball in order to go up for jump balls. Him and his quarterback usually seemed to be on the same page. You also won't see him make the same mistake twice very often on film as he learns from them and adjusts for the next play. He has very good position versatility as he played in both the slot and on the outside while also being used out of the backfield as a ball carrier and on special teams as a punt returner.
As far as strengths go for Lamb, his production speaks for itself as one of his biggest strengths. He finished with over 1,000 yards receiving in both his sophomore and junior seasons, even when paired with Marquise Brown during his sophomore year. Besides that, the biggest thing that sticks out to me with him is his ability to make players after the catch. He has the quickness to make defenders miss in the open field and has the strength to break tackles. He possesses great hands, showing great ability to look the ball in and truly catch with his hands. He is also outstanding in jump ball situations, doing a great job of keeping solid body control and showing the instincts to turn his body to go up and grab contested jump balls. He has shown good position versatility as he lined up in the slot, ran a variety of routes on the outside, and was also used out of the backfield as a ball carrier at times.
One weakness that Lamb has is that he has decent but not elite deep speed. He isn't going to be a guy that burns faster defensive backs on go/fade routes on a regular basis. His lack of true elite speed makes it difficult for him to create separation at times. He also could stand to improve as a blocker. There are times where he does a great job of getting in front of the defender to wall them off from the ball carrier but there are several instances for me where he seemed to give up or not finish on blocks. Another concern that some people may have for him is that he didn't face a lot of high-level talent with defensive backs in the Big 12 and also wasn't jammed at the LOS very often. He will have to prove that he has the quickness and strength to get off the LOS against elite man coverage defensive backs in the league.
CeeDee Lamb is a player that has burst onto the scene in the past two seasons and has quickly risen up draft boards. Lamb came into Oklahoma as a four-star recruit and saw immediate playing time as a freshman. He played in all 14 games in his first season as a Sooner and finished with 46 receptions for 807 yards and seven touchdowns while also throwing one touchdown pass. His play earned him recognition on the ESPN Freshman All-American Team. As a sophomore, Lamb found a bigger role in the Sooners' offense, playing in all 14 games and starting in 13. He created a dynamic duo at wide receiver with Marquise Brown. finishing with 65 receptions for 1,158 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also served as their primary punt returner, returning 17 punts for 218 yards. His sophomore year numbers earned him second-team All-Big 12 recognition by the AP. In his junior season, Lamb shined as the number one target for the Sooners, finishing with 62 receptions for 1,327 yards and 14 touchdowns. He also rushed for 20 yards and a touchdown and returned 24 punts for 179 yards. Lamb was named a First Team All-American by basically every publication and was also a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award. As far as his pro career is concerned, Lamb is a player that I believe can come in and be a true WR1 almost immediately and will definitely be a WR2, depending on the needs of the team who drafts him. He has the skill set needed to be a Pro Bowl level wide receiver in this league for many years to come.
Round Projection: Top 15 Pick
Team Fit: New York Jets, Indianapolis Colts, San Francisco 49ers
NFL Comparison: DeAndre Hopkins