The 2020 NFL Combine is in the books and it is possible that the results of it changed how you view certain players. Medical information is the most valuable thing that the combine yields but the drills certainly are worth paying attention to. Ultimately, the combine serves as a checkpoint of the draft season and as information is passed through its channels what emerges afterwards is always very interesting.
As the combine began, one of the more prominent draft analysts caused Cowboys fans to raise their eyebrows when he mocked Oklahoma wide receiver CeeDee Lamb to Dallas. Re-signing Amari Cooper would obviously change some things at wide receiver for the Cowboys, but still, Bucky Brooks put his name on it and that was noteworthy.
Daniel Jeremiah has now also mocked CeeDee Lamb to Dallas
You can hear Bucky Brooks on the Move The Sticks podcast from NFL Media, he serves as one of the two co-hosts with Daniel Jeremiah. Jeremiah is the face of NFL Media’s draft coverage and his mock drafts certainly carry weight. Prepare to have your eyebrows raised once more.
Alabama’s Xavier McKinney and LSU’s Grant Delpit had been the hot names connected to the Cowboys in many mocks but you can now count Jeremiah as a Lamb-to-Dallas believer. In his post-combine mock draft that dropped on Monday, Jeremiah has the Cowboys adding the talented wide receiver.
17: CeeDee Lamb - WR
School: Oklahoma | Year: Junior
Assuming veteran receiver Amari Cooper departs in free agency, Lamb would be a great fit for Dallas.
Perhaps the most interesting detail about Jeremiah mocking Lamb to the Cowboys is what it could suggest that it is a legitimate thought at this point in time. It’s hard to see the Cowboys drafting Lamb if they do re-sign Cooper, perhaps word around the water cooler in Indianapolis was that the idea of Cooper returning to Dallas isn’t a lock.
Much of what NFL teams are going to be able to do with franchise tags hinges on whether a new Collective Bargaining Agreement is reached in the near future, but in a world where no new CBA is reached and teams can use multiple tags, there is one line of thought that the Cowboys could place the transition tag on Amari Cooper (therefore securing his services for 2020) and draft Lamb. Then in 2021 they could let Cooper walk and be set at receiver for the foreseeable future.
It is hard to imagine CeeDee Lamb even being available when the Cowboys are on the clock at number 17 overall, but if he is as well as McKinney and Delpit, Lamb is the true best player available. That is obviously a factor here, it would be interesting to see how Dallas would handle it.