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Jerry Jones has a specific jersey number in mind for CeeDee Lamb

Jerry Jones

The Dallas Cowboys are big on tradition, and it’s becoming a factor in handing out jersey numbers to rookies.

The Cowboys announced rookie numbers on Monday with one exception. First round pick CeeDee Lamb was absent. The wide receiver himself stated he intended to wear No. 10, but owner Jerry Jones wants him wearing 88.

Why 88? The likes of Dez Bryant, Drew Pearson, and Michael Irvin have worn the number, but Jones told reporters it was to pay tribute to his late college teammate Jerry Lamb.

“When we were, this is a little drama from our perspective, when we were all sitting there and had said our piece, and then we said, ‘okay, what’s it going to be?’ I said in honor of my great friend that just passed this year we’re going to have his namesake come on here and wear old number 88,” Jones said, via RJ Ochoa of Blogging the Boys. “Just like Michael and Dez and those guys, and we’ve got us a wide receiver. And let me tell you one thing if he’s got the competes and heart of that Jerry Lamb he’ll be bad to the bone.”

We’ll see who gets their way here. Jones’ vision may not match with Lamb’s. Plus, who knows how one ex-Cowboy who would love to return to the team would feel about his number being given away.

Cowboys reportedly had CeeDee Lamb No. 6 on draft board

CeeDee Lamb

The Dallas Cowboys surprised some by picking wide receiver CeeDee Lamb in the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday, but it may not be as surprising when you find out how highly the organization rated him.

According to Jon Machota of The Athletic, the Cowboys had Lamb ranked as the No. 6 player on their draft board. In all their mock drafts, the organization never expected Lamb to be available to them at No. 17.

That was enough to get the Cowboys to go offense instead of picking K’Lavon Chaisson, an edge rusher who would have filled a key need and was widely mocked to go to Dallas.

There were some top ten teams who were at least being pushed to draft Lamb. It may not be a clear position of need, but it’s definitely a good value pick for the Cowboys — especially when you consider how highly they thought of him prior to the draft.

CeeDee Lamb has spent a lot of time with Eagles; Raiders also interested

CeeDee Lamb

CeeDee Lamb is one of the top wide receiver prospects in the 2020 NFL Draft in a group that is extremely talented. He is likely to go in the first round on Thursday night, and there are a few candidates standing out as possible landing spots.

ESPN’s Josina Anderson shared on Thursday that Lamb has spent a lot of time talking with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Anderson also reported that the Las Vegas Raiders have interest in Lamb.

Lamb was a star at Oklahoma the last three years and caught 32 touchdowns. He’ll be an asset to the team that drafts him, and it’s no surprise his college teammate is pushing Arizona to get him.

As for whether the Eagles or Raiders land Lamb, Philly is in a tougher spot. They’re drafting at No. 21, while the Raiders have selections at Nos. 12 and 19.

Report: Kyler Murray wants Cardinals to draft ex-teammate CeeDee Lamb

Kyler Murray Cardinals

Kyler Murray is apparently trying to use the pull he has in the Arizona Cardinals organization to make a reunion from his old college days happen.

Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated reported on Monday that the Cardinals quarterback has campaigned for the team to draft wide receiver CeeDee Lamb, his former University of Oklahoma teammate, with the No. 8 overall pick.

The two players were teammates on the Sooners for two seasons, and Lamb was a favorite target of Murray during Murray’s Heisman Trophy-winning campaign in 2018. That year, Lamb caught 65 passes for 1,158 yards and 11 touchdowns from Murray. He also had an even bigger 2019 season for OU upon Murray’s departure for the NFL.

As for the Cardinals, they might not be inclined to use their top pick to add another wideout to the mix after trading for DeAndre Hopkins this offseason to go along with incumbent pieces like Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk. Management still seems open to going with a receiver at No. 8 though, and that willingness might be in no small part due to Murray’s preferences.

5 best wide receivers in the 2020 NFL Draft

Justin Jefferson four

It’s a great draft for teams looking for potential high-end wide receiver talent. There are three headline receivers who could go in the top 15 picks of the draft, and it is possible that four or even five are in contention to be first-round picks. With that level of talent, there’s a lot of depth at the position, which is great news for teams in need of offense.

Here are our picks for the five best receiver prospects in the 2020 draft.

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Report: Kyler Murray pushing Cardinals to draft CeeDee Lamb

Kyler Murray Cardinals

The Arizona Cardinals have already added a big weapon for Kyler Murray this offseason, but the quarterback wants even more.

According to Albert Breer of the MMQB, Murray gave Cardinals management a “glowing” review of former Oklahoma teammate CeeDee Lamb ahead of the NFL Draft. Lamb is regarded as one of the top receivers in the NFL Draft, and the Cardinals have a realistic chance of seeing him on the board when they pick No. 8.

The Cardinals picked three receivers in last year’s draft in addition to Christian Kirk, Larry Fitzgerald, and newly-acquired DeAndre Hopkins. Using another first rounder on a wide receiver is probably too much for Murray to ask.

Murray will likely have to settle for the Hopkins addition. Considering how excited he was about that, it will probably be sufficient.

5 best playmakers in the 2020 NFL Draft

Chase Young

NFL teams want nothing more than to get a good playmaker in the NFL Draft. Teams want that help on either side of the ball; guys who get big sacks or blow up plays in the backfield are just as valuable as an explosive receiver or running back, after all. The only prerequisite is making big plays at the NFL level.

Here are five players set to be drafted in the first round who are likely to do just that.

5. Henry Ruggs, WR

Let’s start with the simple fact that Ruggs ran a 4.27 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. That’s among the best wide receiver times ever, so it’s obvious that the Alabama receiver has elite, game-changing speed. It has led to some Tyreek Hill comparisons, and it’s no secret that Hill is one of the league’s elite playmakers. Ruggs does pretty much everything well, but that speed, more than anything else, makes him hard to contain. He has everything in place to be one of the most explosive players in the NFL.

4. Isaiah Simmons, LB

Simmons can do it all on defense and might be the best athlete in the draft. A classic defensive playmaker, he has speed and length and the ability to counter running quarterbacks and blow up plays. It’s not exactly clear where Simmons profiles at the next level — he can play as a linebacker or even a defensive back very effectively — but there’s no disputing that he has all the tools to be a dynamic weapon on defense in the NFL.

3. CeeDee Lamb, WR

If you want playmaking, you’ll love Lamb. While he’s not the fastest receiver in the class, he’s a monster when it comes to yards after the catch. In 2019, the Oklahoma star averaged 21.4 yards per reception, better than any of his peers atop the draft board. He has great hands and can make defenders miss, and he looks to have the profile to be a big-play threat at the next level. That may make him the first receiver off the board.

2. Tua Tagovailoa, QB

Tagovailoa’s draft stock may be hindered some by injury concerns, but as long as he’s healthy, there’s no better playmaking quarterback in the draft. Tagovailoa can do a bit of everything — he can run it for big plays, or he can beat teams with his arm. He’s the perfect modern quarterback in a league that is quickly coming to value versatility and mobility as much as anything else. It’s debatable whether Tagovailoa should rank as the best quarterback in his class, but he’s undoubtedly the most dynamic.

1. Chase Young, DE

One way to be viewed as a playmaker is to blow up others’ plays. That’s what Young is going to do a lot of at the NFL level. He’s an explosive pass rusher who collected 16.5 sacks in 2019, and he has every opportunity to become elite at the NFL level. He’s been heralded as one of the best defensive line prospects in years, and he’ll be able to overwhelm some NFL offensive linemen from day one. If Young isn’t posting elite sack numbers in his career, it will be a disappointment. He has all the tools to do so.

CeeDee Lamb leaving Oklahoma for NFL Draft

Oklahoma Sooners

Oklahoma was quickly eliminated from the College Football Playoff in a one-sided loss to LSU on Saturday, and they will be losing arguably their best playmaker.

CeeDee Lamb announced on social media Sunday that he is leaving Oklahoma to enter the 2020 NFL Draft.

Lamb has starred for Oklahoma since his freshman year when he caught 7 touchdowns and had 807 receiving yards. He has posted consecutive 1,000 yard seasons since then and finished this year with 62 catches for 1,327 yards.

The Richmond, Texas native will likely be among the first wide receivers taken in the draft.