clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Cowboys News: CeeDee Lamb comparisons to DeAndre Hopkins keep on coming

New, comments

The excitement surrounding the Dallas Cowboys has many people including Michael Irvin smiling.

NFL: AFC Divisional Round-Houston Texans at Kansas City Chiefs Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Lamb Has Hopkins-Like Traits - Bucky Brooks, NFL.com

The Cowboys could have found themselves their next All-Pro receiver.

As a pass-catcher, Lamb displays A-plus hands and ball skills. He tracks the ball down like MLB centerfielder exhibiting extraordinary tracking skills and hand-eye coordination. Watching Lamb repeatedly come down with 50-50 balls with defenders draped over him reminds me of DeAndre Hopkins but Lamb is a more explosive and dynamic playmaker with the ball in his hands. The Oklahoma product expands the strike zone with his tracking skills and expansive catching radius, which will make him a QB1’s best friend in critical situations.

Strengths:

Acrobatic pass catcher with exceptional ball skills and hand-eye coordinator

Electric playmaker with dynamic running skills on the perimeter

Versatile receiver capable of playing in the slot or on the outside

Weaknesses:

Lacks elite top-end speed

More athlete than polished route runner

After Mike McCarthy tried to clear up which defense the Cowboys will run, the NFL draft added some more questions - Tim Cowlishaw, Dallas Morning News

Are the Cowboys really going to keep the 4-3 or move to the 3-4?

Philosophy change or not, what the Cowboys really need to do is create more confusion and turnovers, and those things are tied together. It’s not like the Cowboys defense was awful last year. In an 8-8 season, the club’s big losses to top teams — New England, New Orleans and the final meeting with Philadelphia — came by scores of 12-10, 13-9 and 17-9. In those defeats, Dallas’ No. 1-ranked total offense was a bigger culprit than the No. 9-ranked total defense.

So the real question is have they found a way to improve that unit. It’s possible that Smith and Anae and possibly Randy Gregory fill the hole Quinn left when he went to Chicago, but this isn’t a collective experience. Yes, defensive linemen rotate, but one needs to stand out and be the guy you want on the field most of the time on third downs.

The club still has a bigger question there than it does at corner where Trevon Diggs of Alabama was rated the best at man-to-man coverage in the entire draft. If he makes a few more mistakes than Byron Jones did at that spot, Diggs also is likely to make more big plays than Jones ever provided before cashing the big check with Miami this offseason.

Which team won the 2020 NFL Draft? Ravens, Cowboys, Fins make waves - NFL.com

The good grades just keep rolling in for the Cowboys.

The 2020 Dallas Cowboys look phenomenal on paper

Jerry Jones had to be thrilled with how the draft played out for his beloved Dallas Cowboys, especially over the first two days. Adding arguably the best receiver in the class in CeeDee Lamb, who “fell” to No. 17 overall, then nabbing CB Trevon Diggs and DT Neville Gallimore on Day 2, the Cowboys re-solidified their spot at the top of the NFC East — at least on paper. Not to mention, they found Travis Frederick’s replacement in Tyler Biadasz and more defensive help on Day 3. The Cowboys are in good position and can direct their attention to getting Dak Prescott’s deal done.

Possible free agent targets for the Cowboys after Stephen Jones says they are still shopping - Dave Halprin, BloggingtheBoys

The fun’s not over as the Cowboys are still looking for help in the free agent market.

How do we know? Stephen Jones told us so.

9.) There could be more veteran free agency additions. Most of the roster is in place, but Stephen Jones would not rule out adding some other veteran players to the mix.

”I don’t think you ever rule it out,” he said. “We’ve certainly got our eye on a few guys that we’ll look at. But the good news is that going into the draft, we felt good about our football team. Coming out of the draft, we feel great about our football team. If we can improve it, we’ll feel even better about our team, and that’s the way we’ll look at it as we move forward.

”We certainly are open-minded and will continue to be open-minded on what it will take to improve this football team. … We’ll keep our eyes open. I actually have had communications already with some guys that could give us some veteran experience that might help these young guys.”

Jones wasn’t going to offer up and specific names or even positions that these potential free agent signings play, so we’ll just have to speculate for ourselves. Todd Archer did some of that already.

15 Undrafted Rookies Agree to Join 2020 Class - Nick Eatman, DallasCowboys.com

The Cowboys were able to add some pretty nice players after the draft.

By now, we all should know the importance the Cowboys place on signing undrafted free agents. The team’s rich history is filled with guys who were overlooked in the draft but still managed to not only make the team, but become elite.

From Ring of Honor members such as Cliff Harris and Drew Pearson, to Everson Walls and Tony Romo, the Cowboys have also had recent success in the previous decade landing players after the draft such as Dan Bailey, Cole Beasley, Ron Leary and Blake Jarwin, who will be the Cowboys’ starting tight end this season.

This year, the Cowboys have agreed to sign 15 more free agents, pushing the entire draft class to 22.

Cowboys Add International Prospect From Mexico - David Helman, DallasCowboys.com

The Cowboys are going international after the NFL Draft.

The Cowboys have long enjoyed a worldwide fanbase, and their roster has at times had an international flair. Tyrone Crawford and newly-drafted Neville Gallimore both came to the team from Canada.

This year, their roster will also include a player from Mexico. The NFL announced Monday that the four NFC East teams will each carry an overseas player on their practice squads as part of the International Player Pathway program.

For the Cowboys, that signals the addition of Isaac Alarcon, an offensive tackle who represented Mexico at the U19 World Championships.

Mike McCarthy and Cowboys’ seventh-rounder Ben DiNucci have met once before... in an elevator - David Moore, Dallas Morning News

A chance meeting turns into a once in a lifetime chance.

“I was kind of surprised that he knew who I was. That was pretty cool to figure out.

“Now, I’m going to be able to play under him, and it’s just crazy.”

They spoke for about five minutes. McCarthy said the 231st player taken in the draft reminds him of Marc Bulger, a quarterback who spent 11 seasons in the NFL.

“He will be an excellent addition to our quarterback room,” McCarthy said.

The Cowboys were prepared to sign DiNucci as a rookie free agent once the draft was done. But when the club learned Chicago and Cleveland were interested, it decided to take him in the seventh round.

Dallas Cowboys: Did Jerry Jones orchestrate his best draft ever? - Kenneth Wilson, TheLandryHat

Jerry Jones fooled us all and is really a draft mastermind.

We went in frantic and even more scared when we found out that Jerry would be at the helm alone. The plush view from inside his draft bunker on his luxury yacht did tend to calm most of us though or at least give us a slight chuckle until it was time for Jerry to go to work.

He went (virtually). He saw. He conquered.

The Dallas Cowboys got this one right. This isn’t to say that every player selected here will be a Pro Bowler or great player, but they didn’t mess any of the picks up.

Not only were they all sound and logical picks, but they often got value. He filled needs and drafted talent along the way. I will go this far though.

BTB Podcast and YouTube

We broke down the Cowboys draft class with one of The Draft Show’s very own - Jeff Cavanaugh from 105.3 The Fan.

Make sure that you never miss an episode from Blogging The Boys by subscribing to the Blogging The Boys podcast feed!

Also make sure to subscribe to the official YouTube Channel from Blogging The Boys. We’ve got big plans coming there throughout the offseason and you don’t want to miss a thing!