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2020 NFL Draft: Adding CeeDee Lamb gives the Dallas Cowboys offense a chance to be something special

Dak Prescott wants to be the best-paid quarterback in the NFL, and while he’s certainly not the best quarterback in football, he might look like it with the supporting cast the Dallas Cowboys are assembling for him. Drafting CeeDee Lamb in the first round of the NFL Draft gives that offense a chance to be something special.

Though CeeDee Lamb was the No. 2 receiver on PFF’s final Big Board, it was always a razor-thin discussion between him and Jerry Jeudy, and I think there’s a good argument to be made that Lamb has the higher ceiling of the two. He was the most complete receiver in the draft and had the fewest question marks. Adding him to a receiving corps that already features Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup is a fantastic move and makes the Cowboys extremely difficult to defend.

[Editor’s note: Check out PFF’s 2020 Mock Draft HubNFL Draft Big Board and NFL Mock Draft Simulator. PFF Elite subscribers can also download the 1,250-page 2020 NFL Draft Guide. For extensive coverage of the 2020 NFL Draft, check out all of PFF's 2020 NFL Draft coverage in one place.]

Cooper has drawn some criticism — including some pretty unhinged comments from Rex Ryan that he subsequently had to apologize for — but Ryan's overall point wasn’t entirely without merit: Sometimes Cooper can disappear against elite competition. Cooper had three games in 2019 in which he gained 20 or fewer receiving yards. Against Stephon Gilmore and the Patriots, he was completely blanked — held to no yards or catches of any kind. Though Cooper is good at everything, he has been shut down by elite players in the past. That becomes significantly more difficult to do if there is a threat like Lamb on the other side — or if Lamb allows Cooper to spend a much greater percentage of his snaps in the slot.


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