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CeeDee Lamb Spoke to 49ers, Raiders, Jets; Cardinals Predraft Meeting Scheduled

Megan ArmstrongSenior Analyst IIApril 13, 2020

Oklahoma wide receiver CeeDee Lamb catches a pass during drills at Pro Day for NFL football scouts and coaches in Norman, Okla., Wednesday, March 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)
Alonzo Adams/Associated Press

With only a week-and-a-half until the 2020 NFL draft, teams are doing their due diligence.

"The Niners, I've talked to them; the Raiders, I've talked to them; the Jets, I've talked to them," former Oklahoma wide receiver CeeDee Lamb disclosed on Instagram Live on Monday (h/t 247Sports' Nick Kosko). "I haven't talked to the Cardinals yet, though. It's throughout Zoom."

The New York Jets hold the 11th overall pick, followed immediately by the Las Vegas Raiders at No. 12 and San Francisco 49ers at No. 13. The Niners acquired the 13th overall selection from the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for defensive lineman DeForest Buckner last month.

The Raiders and Niners each have two first-round picks, with their other respective first-rounders at Nos. 19 and 31.

With that said, Arizona is perhaps the most intriguing suitor for Lamb out of these four. The Cardinals hold the No. 8 overall pick, and Lamb played with 2019 top overall pick Kyler Murray at Oklahoma in 2017 and '18.

Murray publicly advocated for the Cards to reunite him with Lamb in late February (h/t Pro Football Talk):

"Me and CeeDee have a great relationship. That's one of my boys. I would obviously be very fond of that pick. Obviously, I don't make the choices. I'm here for whatever, but I'm looking forward to free agency and us adding some great players and adding more of them in the draft so we can continue to grow this thing.

"But yeah, if we pick CeeDee, that would be great. We have a very comfortable relationship. I've played with him, I've been with him for years, so yeah, I don't think that would be a bad pick at all."

Since Murray made those comments, the Cardinals acquired All-Pro wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins via a trade with the Houston Texans in mid-March.

ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. has compared Lamb to Hopkins, per Kosko:

"I call him CeeDee YAC, and that's yards after catch. He has the stiff arm. He's physical and rugged with the ball in his hands. He competes for every catch. The comparison that everybody goes to, I think it's valid. DeAndre Hopkins. You see the way he works and the way he competes, and you see that with CeeDee Lamb. CeeDee Lamb doesn't have 4.35 speed. Neither does DeAndre Hopkins. He's in that 4.5 to 4.57 range. But on the field, you don't want to deal with him if you're a cornerback because he brings the physicality."

Lamb ran the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds at February's NFL Scouting Combine.

The 6'2", 198-pound prospect had the best marks of his collegiate career last season with 1,327 yards and 14 touchdowns on 62 catches across 13 games. Lamb was the Sooners' leading receiver in 2019. During Murray's Heisman Trophy-winning season in 2018, Lamb had 1,158 yards and 11 touchdowns on 65 grabs.

Earlier Monday, Bleacher Report's Matt Miller ranked Lamb as the third-best receiver prospect—behind Alabama duo Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs III—and the 13th-best prospect overall. Lamb was also Miller's best slot receiver available in this class. 

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