PROS: Exceptional ball skills. Elite ability to track the football in the air and adjust. Does a wonderful job of positioning his frame at the catch point to win with consistency. Hands are secure and he routinely wins through contact. Concentration and body control are outstanding. One of the most natural receivers I have ever seen in terms of hands, ball skills and tracking. He’ll make your quarterback more accurate. Spectacular in the air. Gets after it as a blocker - collapses, keeps his frame square and engages his hands. Tough to tackle after the catch - features good contact balance, vision, acceleration and creativity with the ball in his hands. Showcases a variety of techniques to beat press coverage including angles, footwork and hand usage. Easily deals with physicality in the contact window and does well to diminish his surface area and clear contact. Sudden in and out of breaks and is capable of creating separation with fluidity and burst. Does a terrific job of altering his route pace to create leverage. Makes wonderful adjustments on the fly to find space and make himself available.
CONS: While he has plenty of speed, I don’t think he has elite speed. Has some room to grow as a route runner in terms of selling breaks and being more deceptive overall. The Big 12 didn’t present many talented corners for him to deal with and he has a narrow build. There will be some adjustment ahead of him in terms of competing against NFL competition and how to apply his skill set. Not that, that isn’t true for every prospect but it’s noteworthy when considering what has made Lamb successful and the role he can fill at the next level.
BEST TRAIT - Ball Skills, Body Control
WORST TRAIT - Straight Line Speed
RED FLAGS - None
NFL COMP - DeAndre Hopkins
CeeDee Lamb profiles as No. 1 wide receiver at the next level that can be the focal point of the passing attack. He’s a threat at all levels of the field with bluechip body control, ball skills, hands and instincts. Lamb has a notable transition ahead of him in terms of applying his traits against NFL corners compared to the ones he toyed with in the Big 12 but his natural gifts should accelerate his acclimation period to the NFL. Lamb has the upside to develop into one of the premiere offensive playmakers in the NFL by Year Three.