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NFL.com projects CeeDee Lamb to be the most productive rookie wide receiver

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There are plenty of people excited about what CeeDee Lamb brings to the Dallas Cowboys offense, and you will have no trouble finding these folks here at BTB.

There is a strong belief that Lamb is going to experience many points of success with the Cowboys’ signature 88 on his back, although when it comes to the point of legitimately projecting his statistics in 2020, it must be considered that there are (thankfully) a lot of options for Dak Prescott to throw to.

Lamb is capable of putting up an incredible stat line week in and week out, but opportunity for him might depend on what’s happening around him with Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, and all of the rest. NFL.com is feeling no trepidation when it comes to ranking Lamb’s potential production against his fellow rookie wide receivers, though.

NFL.com believes CeeDee Lamb will be the most productive rookie wide receiver in 2020

While our hopes are invested in Lamb specifically, there are a lot of rookie wide receivers across the National Football League that are going to be interesting. Time will tell as to what their careers ultimately look like, but general consensus is that Lamb will have the most success in the here and now.

NFL Media’s analytics expert Cynthia Frelund projected the production for this year’s rookie wide receivers and believes that CeeDee Lamb will top them all. Is that good?

1) CeeDee Lamb, Dallas Cowboys

Drafted: Round 1, No. 17 overall

College: Oklahoma

Lamb’s Oklahoma resume shows exceptional production from the slot and an elite ability to earn yards after the catch. Lamb forced the second-most missed tackles on receptions (26, per Pro Football Focus) among FBS receivers and recorded the third-most yards after contact (376, per PFF) last season overall, but we need more context to spin all that forward to see the difference he’ll make for the Cowboys. Looking at his slot production (24.2 yards per reception from the slot, the second-most in FBS, per PFF) and his ability to operate in the middle of the field, and factoring in how defenses facing Dallas will also be forced to account for Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup, Lamb has the highest rookie wideout ranking in my model, checking in at No. 38 among all NFL receivers.

CeeDee Lamb is often heralded for what he’s able to do with the ball in his hands (YAC gawd status) and seeing him work out of the slot certainly presents a plethora of opportunities for Kellen Moore’s offense. With the volume share with Cooper and Gallup also in the fold, it goes without saying that the attention they command will obviously be something that Lamb will benefit from in terms of coverage that he draws.

It may or may not be fair to expect 1,000 yards or double-digit touchdowns from CeeDee Lamb in his rookie season given that it is his first in the NFL and that he is on an offense with plenty of options. If he comes anywhere close to that, or if he at least is the most productive rookie receiver in the NFL, then things are likely going great for the Cowboys as a whole.